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College football games will be here before we know it. If you’re not at a game in person, you’re probably watching college football on your t.v. Any game can be fun, but it’s interesting how announcers can influence the game. At least, how announcers influence the fans. Two big parts of being an announcer is accuracy and awareness. Getting the details like players and calls are vital to a great broadcast. Also, knowing when to get excited and when to tone it down makes a great announcers. Obviously, there are outliers, but for the most part, you know when you have good announcers on your screen. Today, we take a look at some of the best announcers in college football.
Honorable Mention Announcers
Adam Amin, ESPN
Rod Gilmore, ESPN
Jesse Palmer, ESPN
Brian Griese, ESPN
Best Announcers in College Football
Mark Jones, ESPN
One of the underrated announcers in the game, Jones doesn’t get the spotlight because he doesn’t get high-profile games. He pairs with Rod Gilmore in the booth, and they seem to have good chemistry together. Jones has a relatively calming voice, so even when he gets excited it’s not overbearing. If you get a chance to watch a random Florida State-North Carolina game on ESPN2 with Jones and Gilmore, take a listen.
Gary Danielson, CBS
People have said that Danielson doesn’t like his new partner, Brad Nessler, but it’s just a different dynamic. Verne Lundquist and Danielson had a special thing when they were the voices for CBS. Verne has since moved on from the booth, and Danielson was paired with Nessler. As with any relationship, they’re working on their chemistry, but it’s not by any means tough to listen to on television. Danielson’s good at spotting little details on replays and letting things develop before creating an opinion. Year 2 with his new partner will be fun to watch.
Beth Mowins, ESPN
Beth does a tremendous job calling games. She tends to get the less popular games with Anthony Becht, but she does well. Mowins called the Memphis upset of UCLA two years ago, and has done a few other iconic games as well. There aren’t many women who are play-by-play broadcaster, so Mowins is somewhat of a pioneer. With the football world accepting more women in higher level jobs, Mowins can show new female broadcasters the way in the future.
Sean McDonough, ESPN
McDonough’s infamously known for his cracking voice when he gets excited, but he’s great in the booth. His most iconic call was the 2016 Michigan State-Michigan game when the Spartans blocked a Wolverines punt and returned it back for the winning score as time expired. Yes, McDonough’s voice cracked, but that shows his passion for college football.
Brad Nessler, CBS
Replacing Verne Lundquist wasn’t going to be easy, but CBS found the best possible replacement. Nessler’s voice is familiar in any setting, and he’s a natural in the booth. He acutally began broadcasting college football in 1997 and went on to work jobs calling the NBA and NFL before coming back to college football. With CBS hosting the most iconic SEC game every Saturday, Nessler’s the new voice of college football on CBS.
Steve Levy, ESPN
Levy’s a little more well known in the hockey community, but he’s still a fun listen in college football. He got his start on SportsCenter, but his real calling was broadcasting. His work in hockey has given him the ability to know when to raise his voice for more excitement and add to the moment.
Dave Pasch, ESPN
It seems like Pasch has covered some of the biggest upsets in college football recently. One of my favorite games that he called was Oklahoma and Houston in 2016 when the Cougars upset the Sooners. He is joined by Greg McElroy, and the two seem to work well together. If this crew is doing your game, and you’re the favorite team, you better be on high alert.
Todd Blackledge, ESPN
One of the many quarterbacks in the booth, Blackledge partners with Sean McDonough. It doesn’t seem like he ever gets too excited about any given play, but you can tell he’s having fun. His analysis is upbeat, and it almost seems like he’s happy telling you what he sees. McDonough and Blackledge once again get to work with Holly Rowe on the sidelines. We’re not doing sideline reporters in this article, but Holly is one of the best. Overall, this crew likes to have fun in their broadcasts.
Dave Flemming, ESPN
Flemming’s voice was made for broadcasting. There’s just something about his voice that makes him a natural in the booth. This year he switches from Thursday nights to Friday nights, but the quality won’t change. Flemming’s a natural, and seems to work well with any analyst joining him in the booth.
Greg McElroy, ESPN
One of the young broadcasters in the business, McElroy gives a different kind of energy to the booth. He works with Dave Pasch and Tom Luginbill, and all three work well together. Like his days as a quarterback, McElroy breaks down plays well, giving fans a perspective of what happened on any given play. He does well at simplifying what happened too so that fans can understand.
Joel Klatt, FOX
Klatt is the Kirk Herbtsreit of Fox Sports. His enthusiasm and analysis add value to the games he calls, and he balances the energy level of his partner. Gus Johnson’s energy is through the roof every game, and Klatt is the calm, steady voice that follows to balance things out. They make a great team in the booth, and both make the game fun.
Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN
Herbstreit’s one of the most well-known faces in college football, but his work on t.v. adds to his reputation. Not only is he enthusiastic about the game, but he analyzes the game at a high level too. After working on College GameDay in the morning, he heads to the Game of the Week for more football. Kirk gets some heat for his opinions on Twitter, but fans tend to mistake his excitement for bias. No one’s perfect, but Herbstreit’s a genuine fan of the game.
Chris Fowler, ESPN
When Brent Musburger retired from broadcasting, Fowler appeared the most logical choice. He hosted ESPN’s College GameDay up until that point, and was a natural talking about the game. His transition to the booth was flawless, and he joins Herbstreit to make the iconic look for the Game of the Week on ESPN. Fans seem to appreciate Fowler in the booth, as he fluctuates his excitement with the game’s highs and lows.
Gus Johnson, FOX
Fans either love him or hate him. There aren’t many mild opinions. Johnson’s excitement for the game of college football comes through all of his broadcasts. His energy can be felt through the t.v. screen, and he gives off a great energy every game. People who don’t like him think he’s over the top, but that’s just who Johnson is when he calls games. He’s a great broadcaster with a tremendous energy, and it’s time people accept that.