ESPN Bowl Coverage by the Numbers

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ESPN Bowl Coverage by the Numbers


ESPN’s coverage of the 2011 college football season will conclude with 33 post-season bowl games across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN 3D, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes from Saturday, Dec. 17 to Monday, Jan. 9 (full schedule).


Numbers are ingrained in football – wins and losses, rankings, yardage gained, yardage lost, total points, pass attempts, rush attempts, players wearing them, play clock and penalty yards to name a few. The game around the games is no different. Some noteworthy numbers heading into an ESPN tripleheader kicking off action on Saturday, Dec. 17, beginning at 2 p.m. ET:


  • Thirty-three bowl games in 24 days, highlighted by at least one game a day for 17 of the 24 days
  • All five Bowl Championship Series games
  • One crowning of a national champion with the Allstate BCS National Championship on Monday, Jan. 9, at 8:30 p.m.)
  • Six bowl games in 3D on ESPN 3D, including the BCS National Championship for the second straight year
  • Twenty-three bowl games on ESPN Radio, including all five BCS matchups
  • Six games on Monday, Jan. 2, including one game across fournetworks at the same time
    • TicketCity Bowl (No. 19 Houston vs. No. 22 Penn State) at noon on ESPNU and ESPN3
    • Outback Bowl (No. 17 Michigan State vs. No. 16 Georgia) at 1 p.m. on ABC and ESPN Radio
    • Capital One Bowl (No. 20 Nebraska vs. No. 9 South Carolina) at 1 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio
    • Gator Bowl (Ohio State vs. Florida) at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN3
    • Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio (No. 10 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Oregon) at 5 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Radio
    • Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State) at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Radio
  • Fourteen games in four days across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN 3D and ESPN3 from Friday, Dec. 30 to Monday, Jan. 2
  • Twenty-three of the 25 teams in the BCS Standings, concluding with No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama in the Allstate BCS National Championship on Monday, Jan. 9, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN 3D, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes
  • Seventy-one on-air commentators to provide play-by-play, analysis and sideline reports
  • Multiple game assignments for 53 of the 71announcers led by Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Joe Schad working five ESPN Radio broadcasts together
    • Announcers working four games include play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore; analyst Danny Kanell; and reporters Tom Rinaldi, Heather Cox, Holly Rowe, Eamon McAnaney, Jeannine Edwards and Quint Kessenich
  • Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit working their fifth consecutive BCS National Championship together with the first two on ESPN Radio and the past three on ABC or ESPN
  • TwoBCS games in consecutive days for Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox beginning with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Monday, Jan. 2, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3 followed by the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN Radio
    • Additional announcers working two games in two days, all on December 30-31, include commentator Dave Neal and reporters Ian Fitzsimmons and Cara Capuano
  • Schools representing 33 states, led by six from Texas, five from Ohio and four from California
  • Bowls located in 14 states plus the District of Columbia across five time zones, led by six in Florida; four in California, Texas and Louisiana; and two in Alabama, Arizona and Tennessee
  • The Big Ten with a conference-leading 10 teams represented followed by the SEC with eight; Big 12 and ACC with seven; Pac-12 with six; BIG EAST, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and Mountain West Conference with five; Western Athletic Conference and Sun Belt Conference with three; and independents BYU and Notre Dame
  • ESPN’s coverage of last year’s BCS title game averaged 27,316,000 viewers and 17,718,000 households, making it the most watched program in the history of cable television.
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