SEPT. 1, 1984 Pittsburgh vs. Brigham Young is the first game televised live on ESPN.
JAN. 2, 1986 No. 2 Penn State upsets No. 1 Miami in the Fiesta Bowl to win the national championship. The game was moved to prime time from New Year’s Day and drew a 25. 1 Nielsen rating, the best rating ever for a bowl game.
SEPT. 2, 1987 Pittsburgh vs. Brigham Young is ESPN’s first Wednesday night telecast.
FEBRUARY 1990 NBC announces an exclusive agreement with Notre Dame to televise Fighting Irish home games starting with the 1991 season.
AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 1990 Arkansas of the Southwest Conference and South Carolina (an independent ) accept invitations to join the SEC.
JANUARY 1992 The Bowl Coalition is formed to bring order to the bowl selection process. SEPTEMBER 1992 ESPN debuts weekly Thursday night telecasts.
NOV. 13, 1993 ESPN’s College Football GameDay makes its first on-campus live appearance for the game between No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 1 Florida State in South Bend, Ind.
FEB. 11, 1994 The SEC breaks from the CFA television contract and announces a four-year deal with CBS Sports to televise SEC football games.
FEB. 21, 1994 Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor announce plans to leave the Southwest Conference to join the Big Eight Conference schools in forming the Big 12 Conference.
OCT. 16, 1994 Texas at Rice is ESPN’s first Sunday night telecast. AUGUST 1995 The Bowl Coalition morphs into the Bowl Alliance, with the Orange, Sugar and Fiesta matching the nation’s top six teams.
JUNE 1996 The Southwest Conference officially ceases operations. JUNE 30, 1997 The CFA disbands.
JULY 1997 The Bowl Coalition becomes the Bowl Championship Series, with the Rose joining the Orange, Sugar and Fiesta to create a No. 1 vs. No. 2 title game each season.
SEPT. 7, 2001 ESPN televises its first Friday night game, Northwestern at UNLV.
OCT. 16, 2001 ESPN 2 televises Southern Mississippi-Louisville, the first game on a Tuesday night.
AUG. 9, 2004 ESPN announces that it will televise a record 112 regular-season games during the 2004 season.
SOURCE: Democrat-Gazette Press
An addition to the list is coming up this Sunday October 1, 2006 when ESPN debuts Sunday Night College Football with Eastern Illinois at Hawaii.