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Posted by Michael Humes on December 5, 2012

ESPN to Carry 34 College Football Bowl Games, including Entire BCS

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ESPN’s extensive college football coverage continues with 34 bowl games, highlighted by all five of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) matchups, including the Discover BCS National Championship (No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama) on Monday, Jan. 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN 3D and WatchESPN.

The schedule will kick off with an ESPN and ESPN Radio doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 15: the Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Nevada vs. Arizona), which is also on ESPN 3D, at 1 p.m. ET and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Toledo vs. No. 22 Utah State) at 4:30 p.m.

Schedule highlights:

  • An ESPN outlet will offer coverage of at least one game a day for 16 out of the 19 days from Dec. 20 to Jan. 7.
  • ESPN’s New Year’s Day lineup will include six games:
    • Noon: TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl (Mississippi State vs. No. 20 Northwestern) on ESPN2 and Heart of Dallas Bowl (Purdue vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State) on ESPNU.
    • 1 p.m.: Capital One Bowl (No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 16 Nebraska) on ABC and ESPN Radio and Outback Bowl (No. 10 South Carolina vs. No. 18 Michigan) on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
    • 5 p.m.: Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio (Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Stanford) on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio.
    • 8:30 p.m.: Discover Orange Bowl (No. 15 Northern Illinois vs. No. 12 Florida State) on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio.
  • Every bowl game on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will be available on computers at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. WatchESPN is currently available in 40 million households nationwide to fans who receive their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV or Midcontinent Communications.
  • ESPN Deportes will televise all five BCS bowls, marking the first telecast of the entire BCS in Spanish for U.S. Hispanic sports fans. ESPN Deportes also aired the BCS Championship between Alabama and LSU last year. According to the most recent ESPN Deportes Sports Poll[i], 42 percent of U.S. Hispanics follow college football. That’s more than the Hispanic fanbase following UEFA Champions League.
  • ESPN 3D, the world’s first 24/7 all-sports 3D channel, will televise five bowl games, highlighted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and Discover BCS National Championship. It will mark the third year ESPN 3D has televised the BCS National Championship. ESPN 3D, launched in 2010, is available to more than 63 million homes in the U.S. through carriage agreements with DIRECTV, Comcast, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and Google Fiber.
  • ESPN Radio will broadcast 24 bowl games, including all five BCS matchups and the AT&T Cotton Bowl (No. 9 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Oklahoma on Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.).
  • ESPN will cover all seven ESPN Regional Television owned-and-operated bowl games: the Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m.), Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg (Friday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m.); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas (Saturday, Dec. 22, at 3:30 p.m.); Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Monday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m.); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Friday, Dec. 28, at 9 p.m.); Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Saturday, Dec. 29, at 11:45 a.m.); and BBVA Compass Bowl (Saturday, Jan. 5, at 1 p.m.).
  • ESPN International will telecast the BCS in: Australia/New Zealand (ESPN Pacific Rim); Latin America North & South; Brazil; Caribbean; Europe (ESPN America); Sub-Saharan Africa (ESPN Atlantic) and Middle East.

Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will work their sixth consecutive BCS National Championship game, calling ESPN’s telecast of Discover BCS National Championship (Monday, Jan. 7, at 8:30 p.m.) with Saturday Night Football Presented by Windows 8 reporter Heather Cox and College GameDay Built by The Home Depot host and reporter Tom Rinaldi. For the second straight year, ESPN’s Monday Night Football signal caller Mike Tirico will work ESPN Radio’s broadcast with ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge and reporters Holly Rowe and Joe Schad.

As part of an extensive four-year agreement with the Bowl Championship Series that began in 2010, ESPN will provide exclusive worldwide television coverage, radio broadcasts, digital content and more for the five annual BCS games from January 2011 through January 2014. ESPN Radio has broadcast every BCS game since 2000.

The 2012 college football season on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Radio, ESPN 3D, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Regional Television, WatchESPN and ESPN GamePlan totals more than 450 regular-and post-season games.

Bowl Championship Series

Tue, Jan 1 5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio: Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Stanford
ESPN: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox & Tom Rinaldi
Radio: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Jenn Brown
Deportes: Georgina Ruiz Sandoval & Robert Abramowitz
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN Radio
  8:30 p.m. Discover Orange Bowl: No. 15 Northern Illinois vs. No. 12 Florida State
ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
Deportes: Eduardo Varela & Pablo Viruega
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN Radio
Wed, Jan 2 8:30 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 21 Louisville vs. No. 3 Florida
ESPN: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Quint Kessenich
Radio: Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
Deportes: Eduardo Varela & Pablo Viruega
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio & ESPN 3D
Thu, Jan 3 8:30 p.m. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State
ESPN: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
Deportes: Eduardo Varela & Pablo Viruega
ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN Radio
Mon, Jan 7 8:30 p.m. Discover BCS National Championship: No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama
ESPN: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox & Tom Rinaldi
Radio: Mike Tirico, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe & Joe Schad
Deportes: Eduardo Varela & Pablo Viruega
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio & ESPN 3D

Additional Postseason Games

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Dec 15 1 p.m. Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Nevada vs. Arizona
ESPN: Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell & Kaylee Hartung
Radio: Mark Neely, Ray Bentley & Marty Cesario
ESPN, ESPN Radio & ESPN 3D
  4:30 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Toledo vs. No. 22 Utah State
ESPN: Tom Hart, Mike Bellotti & Quint Kessenich
Radio: Rich Cellini, Tom Ramsey & Shelley Smith
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Thu, Dec 20 8 p.m. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: BYU vs. San Diego State
ESPN: Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore & Jemele Hill
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Radio & ESPN 3D
Fri, Dec 21 7:30 p.m. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg: Central Florida vs. Ball State
ESPN: Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Desmond Howard & Cara Capuano
Radio: Dave Lamont, Matt Stinchcomb & Allison Williams
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 22 Noon R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
ESPN: Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Quint Kessenich
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Dan Hawkins & Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN & ESPN Radio
  3:30 p.m. MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Washington vs. No. 19 Boise State
Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Tom Rinaldi
ESPN
Mon, Dec 24 8 p.m. Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State vs. SMU
ESPN: Carter Blackburn, Kelly Stouffer & Kaylee Hartung
Radio: Marc Kestecher & Pete Najarian
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec 26 7:30 p.m. Little Caesars Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley & Jemele Hill
ESPN
Thu, Dec 27 3 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: No. 24 San Jose State vs. Bowling Green
Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell & Quint Kessenich
ESPN
  6:30 p.m. Belk Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Duke
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN
  9:45 p.m. Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Baylor vs. No. 17 UCLA
ESPN: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Jenn Brown
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Radio & ESPN 3D
Fri, Dec 28 2 p.m. AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Ohio vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Dave Lamont, Kelly Stouffer & Cara Capuano
ESPN
  5:30 p.m. Russell Athletic Bowl: Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech
ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
Radio: Adam Amin, Tom Luginbill & Brett McMurphy
ESPN & ESPN Radio
  9 p.m. Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Minnesota vs. Texas Tech
ESPN: Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Jessica Mendoza
Radio: Tom Hart, John Congemi & Niki Noto
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 29 11:45 a.m. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Rice vs. Air Force
ESPN: Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Lewis Johnson
Radio: Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN & ESPN Radio
  3:15 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl: West Virginia vs. Syracuse
ESPN: Chris Fowler, Jesse Palmer & Tom Rinaldi
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Jack Ford & C.J. Papa
ESPN & ESPN Radio
  4 p.m. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Navy vs. Arizona State
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Jenn Brown
ESPN2
  6:45 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 23 Texas vs. No. 13 Oregon State
ESPN: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Quint Kessenich
Radio: Mark Neely, Ray Bentley & Kaylee Hartung
ESPN & ESPN Radio
  10:15 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: TCU vs. Michigan State
ESPN: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec 31 Noon Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: NC State vs. Vanderbilt
Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore & Jemele Hill
ESPN
  3:30 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Iowa State vs. Tulsa
ESPN: Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Jessica Mendoza
Radio: Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Lewis Johnson
ESPN & ESPN Radio
  7:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Bowl: No. 8 LSU vs. No. 14 Clemson
ESPN: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
Radio: Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Tue, Jan 1 Noon TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl: Mississippi State vs. No. 20 Northwestern
Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
ESPN2
  Heart of Dallas Bowl: Purdue vs. Oklahoma State
Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Kaylee Hartung
ESPNU
  1 p.m. Capital One Bowl: No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 16 Nebraska
ABC: Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Steele
Radio: Dave Lamont, Kelly Stouffer & Brett McMurphy
ABC & ESPN Radio
  Outback Bowl: No. 10 South Carolina vs. No. 18 Michigan
ESPN: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden & Shannon Spake
Radio: Carter Blackburn, John Congemi & Jemele Hill
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Fri, Jan 4 7 p.m. AT&T Cotton Bowl: No. 9 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Oklahoma
Brad Sham, Ed Cunningham & Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
Sat, Jan 5 1 p.m. BBVA Compass Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Ole Miss
ESPN: Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante & Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Dave Lamont, Kelly Stouffer & Allison Williams
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Sun, Jan 6 9 p.m. GoDaddy.com Bowl: No. 25 Kent State vs. Arkansas State
Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Jessica Mendoza
ESPN

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[i] Source: ESPN Deportes Sports Poll 2011, P2+