ESPN College Football Bowl Games TV Schedule

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December 7th, 2010

via press release:

ESPN’s comprehensive and in-depth college football bowl coverage – highlighted by the entire Bowl Championship Series on ESPN for the first time – will include approximately 70 commentators, analysts and reporters calling 33 bowl games across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Radio and ESPN 3D. ESPN3.com will offer a live simulcast of every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast, including all five BCS games.

As part of an extensive four-year agreement with the Bowl Championship Series that begins this season, ESPN will provide exclusive worldwide telecasts, radio broadcasts, digital content and more for the five BCS games from January 2011 through January 2014. It will mark the first time ESPN has televised BCS games. ESPN Radio has broadcast every BCS game since 2000.

The schedule will kick off with an ESPN tripleheader Saturday, Dec. 18: the New Mexico Bowl (BYU vs. UTEP) at 2 p.m. ET, uDrove Humanitarian Bowl (Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State) at 5:30 p.m. and R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (Ohio vs. Troy) at 9 p.m.

Schedule Highlights

  • ESPN will cover a network record 29 bowl games, highlighted by the five BCS bowls.
  • ESPN’s New Year’s Day lineup will include a game across four networks at the same time.
  • ESPNU will televise the TicketCity Bowl (Northwestern vs. Texas Tech) at noon, ESPNU’s first bowl telecast.
  • ESPN and ABC will each cover a game at 1 p.m.: the Capital One Bowl (No. 16 Alabama vs. No. 9 Michigan State) on ESPN and Outback Bowl (Florida vs. Penn State) on ABC.
  • ESPN2 will televise the Gator Bowl (No. 21 Mississippi State vs. Michigan) at 1:30 p.m.
  • ESPN Radio will broadcast 23 bowl games, including all five BCS matchups, highlighted by the BCS National Championship game.
  • ESPN 3D, ESPN’s newest outlet and the first 3D network to launch in the industry, will provide exclusive 3D coverage of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.
  • An ESPN platform will televise at least one game a day for 17 out of the 21 days from Dec. 21 to Jan. 10.
  • ESPN, ESPN3.com and ESPN Radio will cover all seven ESPN Regional Television owned-and-operated bowl games: the New Mexico Bowl (Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m.), Beef ’O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl (Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m.); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas (Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m.); Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Friday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m.); Texas Bowl (Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m.); Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Thursday, Dec. 30, at noon); and BBVA Compass Bowl (Saturday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m.).

Commentator Highlights

  • Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi will work ESPN’s telecast of the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game (Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m.) while Monday Night Footballannouncers Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden, who will be joined by reporter Joe Schad, will call ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the game. ESPN 3D’s coverage will be called by Joe Tessitore, Tim Brown, Todd Blackledge and Wendi Nix.

It will mark Musburger and Herbstreit’s fourth consecutive BCS National Championship, the first two for ESPN Radio and last year’s ABC telecast from the Rose Bowl. Tirico, Gruden and Nix worked last year’s title matchup for ESPN Radio.

  • Musburger and Herbstreit will also serve as the announcers of ESPN’s telecast of the Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO with Andrews and the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas with Rinaldi.
  • In addition to the title game, Tirico and Gruden will work two ESPN telecasts: the Discover Orange Bowl, with Monday Night Football booth colleague Ron Jaworski and NFL reporter Michele Tafoya, and the Outback Bowl with NFL reporter Suzy Kolber.
  • The “overtime award” will go to Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Joe Schad, who will call seven games for ESPN Radio, six of them as a team.
  • ESPN commentator Dave Lamont and analyst JC Pearson will pair to work five games across television and radio from Dec. 18-30.
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Dec 18 2 p.m. New Mexico Bowl: BYU vs. UTEP
ESPN: Bob Wischusen, Brian Griese & Jenn Brown
ESPN Radio: Dave Lamont, JC Pearson & Shannon Spake
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
5:30 p.m. uDrove Humanitarian Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State
ESPN: Carter Blackburn, Mike Bellotti, Brock Huard & Shelley Smith
ESPN Radio: TBD
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
9 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Ohio vs. Troy
ESPN: Mark Neely, Robert Smith & Quint Kessenich
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Tue, Dec 21 8 p.m. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl: Southern Mississippi vs. Louisville
ESPN: Rece Davis, Lou Holtz, Mark May & Rob Stone
ESPN Radio: Dave Lamont, JC Pearson & Elizabeth Moreau
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec 22 8 p.m. MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: No. 19 Utah vs. No. 11 Boise State
Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Tom Rinaldi
ESPN / ESPN3.com
Thu, Dec 23 8 p.m. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Navy vs. San Diego State
ESPN: Mike Patrick, Craig James & Holly Rowe
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Fri, Dec 24 8 p.m. Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: No. 24 Hawaii vs. Tulsa
ESPN: Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham & Shelley Smith
ESPN Radio: TBD
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Sun, Dec 26 8:30 p.m. Little Caesars Bowl: Florida International vs. Toledo
Dave Lamont, JC Pearson & Quint Kessenich
ESPN / ESPN3.com
Mon, Dec 27 5 p.m. AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Air Force vs. Georgia Tech
Mark Jones, Bob Davie & Eamon McAnaney
ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Tue, Dec 28 6:30 p.m. Champs Sports Bowl: No. 22 West Virginia vs. N.C. State
ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore & Rob Stone
ESPN Radio: Dave Lamont, JC Pearson & Elizabeth Moreau
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
10 p.m. Insight Bowl: No. 12 Missouri vs. Iowa
ESPN: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen & Heather Cox
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec 29 2:30 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: East Carolina vs. Maryland
Pam Ward, Danny Kanell & Quint Kessenich
ESPN / ESPN3.com
6 p.m. Texas Bowl: Illinois vs. Baylor
ESPN: Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, Chris Spielman & Holly Rowe
ESPN Radio: Todd Harris, David Diaz-Infante & Shannon Spake
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
9:15 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 14 Oklahoma State vs. Arizona
ESPN: Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer & Jenn Brown
ESPN Radio: Carter Blackburn, Mike Bellotti, Brock Huard & Shelley Smith
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Thu, Dec 30 Noon Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Army vs. SMU
ESPN: Beth Mowins, Ray Bentley & Jon Berger
ESPN Radio: Dave Lamont, JC Pearson & Elizabeth Moreau
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
3:20 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Kansas State vs. Syracuse
ESPN: Bob Wischusen, Brian Griese & Eamon McAnaney
ESPN Radio: TBD
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
6:40 p.m. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: North Carolina vs. Tennessee
Mark Jones, Bob Davie & Cara Capuano
ESPN / ESPN3.com
10 p.m. Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl: No. 18 Nebraska vs. Washington
ESPN: Chris Fowler, Todd Blackledge & Erin Andrews
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Fri, Dec 31 Noon Meineke Car Care Bowl: No. 20 South Carolina vs. Clemson
ESPN: Carter Blackburn, Mike Bellotti, Brock Huard & Shannon Spake
ESPN / ESPN3.com
3:30 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs. No. 25 UCF
ESPN: Charlie Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN Radio: Pam Ward, Danny Kanell & Jon Berger
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
7:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Bowl: South Carolina vs. No. 23 Florida State
ESPN: Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN Radio: Mark Neely, Rod Gilmore & Tom Luginbill
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Sat, Jan 1 Noon TicketCity Bowl: Northwestern vs. Texas Tech
Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, Chris Spielman & Quint Kessenich
ESPNU
1 p.m. Outback Bowl: Florida vs. Penn State
ABC: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden & Suzy Kolber
ESPN Radio: Bob Wischusen, Brian Griese & Rob Stone
ABC / ESPN Radio
1 p.m. Capital One Bowl: No. 16 Alabama vs. No. 9 Michigan State
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
ESPN / ESPN3.com
1:30 p.m. Gator Bowl: No. 21 Mississippi State vs. Michigan
Mike Patrick, Craig James & Todd Harris
ESPN2/ ESPN3.com
5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO: No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 TCU
ESPN: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Erin Andrews
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
8:30 p.m. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Connecticut vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
ESPN: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen & Heather Cox
ESPN Radio: Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN 3D: Joe Tessitore, Tim Brown & Ray Bentley
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Mon, Jan 3 8:30 p.m. Discover Orange Bowl: No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 13 Virginia Tech
ESPN: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski & Michele Tafoya
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Tue, Jan 4 8:30 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Arkansas
ESPN: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
ESPN Radio: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen & Heather Cox
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Thu, Jan 6 8 p.m. GoDaddy.com Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio)
Carter Blackburn, Mike Bellotti, Brock Huard & Eamon McAnaney
ESPN / ESPN3.com
Sat, Jan 8 8 p.m. BBVA Compass Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky
ESPN: Mike Gleason, John Congemi & Cara Capuano
ESPN Radio: Clay Matvick, Herm Edwards & Elizabeth Moreau
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Sun, Jan 9 9 p.m. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: No. 15 Nevada vs. Boston College
ESPN: Mark Jones, Bob Davie, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Bonnie Bernstein
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio
Mon, Jan 10 8:30 p.m. Tostitos BCS National Championship Game: No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 2 Oregon
ESPN: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews & Tom Rinaldi
ESPN Radio: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden & Joe Schad
ESPN 3D: Joe Tessitore, Tim Brown, Todd Blackledge & Wendi Nix
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio / ESPN 3D
 
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