Put the spy surveilence equipment away. Erin Andrews , who has already told her latest life story to Oprah for an episode that won’t air until that dreaded Sept. 11 date, is in North Carolina tonight. And you can see her. Legally, and nicely, from 4 p.m. until your TiVo runs out.
Andrews is on the ESPN team with Sean McDonough, Craig James and Jesse Palmer (aka, The Bachelor) during the coverage of South Carolina at N.C. State at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.
As for her hotel accomodations, she’ll be staying at …
(As for the Oprah chat, excerpts say that Andrews getting back to work is “really going to help me heal my wounds.”)
Between tonight and Monday there will be … gobs of mediocre and slightly interesting games to watch as the college football season begins. The ESPN/ABC family of networks has 28 games over Labor Day weekend (but that includes ESPN360.com and other platforms aside from the obvious.
Andrews will actually start and end your holiday weekend. She’s also on the Miami-Florida State game Monday night.
The “barnburner” will be Alabama against Virginia Tech in Atlanta (Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 7, Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters). ESPN’s College GameDay starts season No. 23 with Fowler/Corso/Herbstreit and Howard from Atlanta.
In Pac-10-ville, pay attention to Oregon taking on defending WAC champ Boise State, which beat the Ducks last season. That’s a 7:15 p.m. game tonight on ESPN (Mark Jones, Bob Davie and Heather Cox).
What else to keep track of:
== San Jose State at USC: Fox Sports West, 12:30 p.m., with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Michael Eaves, pre and post with with Lindsay Soto, Paul Sunderland and John Jackson
== San Diego State at UCLA: Fox Sports West, 4:30 p.m., with Bill Macdonald, James Washington and Brooke Olzendam, pre and post with Olzendam, Sunderland and Danny Farmer)
=Eastern Kentucky at Indiana: Big Ten Network, 5 p.m., with Ari Wolfe, Charles Davis and Larra Overton
=Utah State at Utah: mtn Network, 6 p.m. with James Bates, Todd Christensen and\, Sammy Linebaugh
== Navy at Ohio State: ESPN, 9 a.m., with Dave Pasch, Bob Griese and Chris Spielman
== Minnesota at Syracuse: ESPN2, 9 a.m. with Pam Ward and Ray Bentley
== Akron at Penn State: Big Ten Network, 9 a.m., with Matt Devlin, Glen Mason and Kenny Jackson (or, Northern Iowa at Iowa, Montana State at Michigan State, Towson at Northwestern or Toledo at Purdue)
== Georgia at Oklahoma State: Channel 7, 12:30 p.m. with Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Holly Rowe (other regional games in this window are Western Michigan at Michigan and Baylor at Wake Forest)
== Nevada at Notre Dame: Channel 4, 12:30 p.m. with Tom Hammond, Pat Haden and Alex Flanagan
== BYU vs. Oklahoma in Dallas: ESPN, 4 p.m. with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Heather Cox
== Louisiana Tech at Auburn: ESPNU, 4 p.m. with Eric Collins and Brock Huard
== Northern Illinois at Wisconsin: Big Ten Network, 4 p.m. with Wayne Larrivee, Chris Martin and Charissa Thompson
== Maryland at Cal: ESPN2, 7 p.m. with Terry Gannon and David Norrie
== LSU at Washington: ESPN, 7:30 p.m. with Mark Jones and Bob Davie
== Mississippi at Memphis: ESPN, 12:30 p.m. with Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore
== Colorado State at Colorado: FSN West, 4 p.m. with Joel Meyers, Dave Lapham and Jim Knox
== Cincinnati at Rutgers: ESPN, 1 p.m. with Bob Wischusen and Bob Griese
== Miami at Florida State, ESPN, 5 p.m. with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews