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College Football Playoff Featuring Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington Highlights ESPN’s 38-Game Bowl Schedule

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  • College Football Playoff: Semifinals on Dec. 31; National Championship on Jan. 9
  • New Year’s Six: Capital One Orange Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual and Allstate Sugar Bowl on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  • 2016-17 Bowl Season: Begins Dec. 17, Concludes Jan. 9; ESPN Radio Broadcasts 27 Games; ESPN Deportes Airs 13 Games; ESPN3 Streams All Trophy Presentations
  • Capital One Bowl Mania Contest Returns

ESPN exclusively televises the College Football Playoff — No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (3 p.m. ET) and No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (7 p.m.) on Saturday, Dec. 31, with the winners playing in the College Football Playoff National Championship (8 p.m.) on Monday, Jan. 9, from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The three-game playoff highlights ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the New Year’s Six.

Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit call the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and the CFP National Championship game on ESPN, the duo’s third consecutive year of calling a CFP semifinal and the national championship. Tom Rinadli will once again report from one sideline with Samantha Ponder, who makes her College Football Playoff debut this season, reporting from the other.

Joe Tessitore broadcasts the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, his first time calling a semifinal on television. He joins Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe, who both have worked a semifinal on ESPN in the first two years of the College Football Playoff.

New Year’s Six Coverage
The New Year’s Six consists of four premier bowls in addition to the semifinals and national championship:

Friday, Dec. 30:

  • Capital One Orange Bowl: 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State (8 p.m.)

Monday, Jan. 2:

  • Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin (1 p.m.)
  • Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual: 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State (5 p.m.)
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl: 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma (8:30 p.m.)

Each game of the New Year’s Six will be televised on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and broadcast on ESPN Radio

Date Time (ET) Bowl, Teams and Commentators Network
Fri, Dec. 30 8 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl:
No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State
TV: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
Deportes:  Lalo Varela, Pablo Viruega
Radio: Dave Flemming, Tom Ramsey, Allison Williams
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

Sat, Dec. 31 3 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl:
No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama
TV:Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Deportes: Kenneth Garay, Alex Pombo,  Sebastian Martinez-Christensen
Radio: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
7 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl:
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson
TV:Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder
Deportes: Lalo Varela, Pablo Viruega
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Mon, Jan. 2 1 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
Deportes: Jerry Olaya, Roberto Abramowitz
Radio: Brad Sham, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual:
No. 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder
Deportes: Kenny Garay, Alex Pombo
Radio: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Molly McGrath
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
8:30 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl:
No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
TV: Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung
Deportes: Lalo Varela, Pablo Viruega
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

College Football Playoff National Championship

Date Time (ET) Bowl, Teams and Commentators Network
Mon. Jan 9 8 p.m. College Football Playoff National Championship

TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi
Deportes: Lalo Varela, Pablo Viruega
Radio: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe, Ian Fitzsimmons  

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

 ESPN’s 2016-17 Bowl Highlights

ESPN’s 2016-17 bowl schedule begins on Saturday, Dec. 17. Coverage Highlights:

  • ESPN televises 33 games, ABC airs four games and ESPN2 one game; ESPN Deportes airs 13 games
  • ESPN Radio broadcasts 27 games
  • ESPN3 streams all trophy presentations
  • ESPN/ABC covers all 13ESPN Events owned-and-operated bowl games:
      • Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
      • Gildan New Mexico Bowl
      • Las Vegas Bowl presented by GEICO
      • Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
      • Boca Raton Bowl
      • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
      • Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
      • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
      • Hawai’i Bowl
      • St. Petersburg Bowl
      • Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
      • AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
      • Birmingham Bowl
  • ESPN has exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Football Championship, including the NCAA FCS Championship game on January 7 on ESPN2 (noon).

 

2016-17 ESPN’s Networks Complete Bowl Coverage Schedule

Date Time (ET) Bowl, Teams and Commentators Network
Sat, Dec. 17 Noon Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl:
North Carolina Central vs. Grambling
Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Tiffany Greene
ABC
2 p.m. Gildan New Mexico Bowl:
New Mexico vs. UTSA
TV: Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath
Radio: Roy Philpott, Clint Stoerner, Kevin Weidl
ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m. Las Vegas Bowl Presented by GEICO: Houston vs. San Diego State
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung
ABC
5:30 p.m. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl:
Appalachian State vs. Toledo
TV: Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi, Lauren Sisler
Radio: John Brickley, Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN and ESPN Radio
9 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:
Southern Mississippi vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
TV: Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 19 2:30 p.m. Miami Beach Bowl:
Central Michigan vs. Tulsa
Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti, Kris Budden
ESPN
Tue, Dec. 20 7 p.m. Boca Raton Bowl:
Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
TV: Dave LaMont, Desmond Howard, Quint Kessenich
Radio: Marc Kestecher, John Congemi, Brett McMurphy
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 21 9 p.m. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:
BYU vs. Wyoming
TV: Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Thu, Dec. 22 7 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:
Idaho vs. Colorado State
TV:David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Olivia Harlan
Radio: Paul Loeffler, Marty Cesario
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Fri, Dec. 23 1 p.m. Popeyes Bahamas Bowl:
Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion
Steve Levy, Mack Brown, Kaylee Hartung
ESPN
4:30 p.m. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. No. 25 Navy
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey, Kris Budden
ESPN
8 p.m. Dollar General Bowl:
Ohio vs. TroyClay Matvick, Dusty Dvoracek, Dr. Jerry Punch
ESPN
Sat, Dec. 24 8 p.m. Hawai’i Bowl:
Hawai’i vs. Middle Tennessee
TV: Chris Cotter, Mark May, Maria Taylor
Deportes: Kenneth Garay, Alex Pombo
Radio: Kevin Winter, Mike Golic, Jr.
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec. 26 11 a.m. St. Petersburg Bowl:
Miami (Ohio) vs. Mississippi State
TV:Dave LaMont, Rene Ingoglia, Chris Doering
Radio:Kevin Winter, TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
2:30 p.m. Quick Lane Bowl:
Maryland vs. Boston College
Mark Neely, Ray Bentley, Alex Corddry
ESPN
5 p.m. Camping World Independence Bowl:
NC State vs.Vanderbilt
Mike Couzens, Cole Cubelic, Kevin Weidl
ESPN2
Tue, Dec. 27 Noon Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl:
Army vs. North TexasAllen Bestick, Mike Bellotii, Kris Budden
ESPN
3:30 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman:
No. 24 Temple vs. Wake Forest
TV: Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: John Brickley, TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
7 p.m. National Funding Holiday Bowl:
Minnesota vs. Washington State
TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
Deportes:  Lalo Varela, Carlos Nava
Radio: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. Motel 6 Cactus Bowl:
Boise State vs. Baylor
TV: Rece Davis, Joey Galloway, David Pollack, Molly McGrath
Deportes:  Jerry Olaya / Roberto Abramowitz
Radio: Clay Matvick, Dusty Dvoracek, Dawn Davenport
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 28 2 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl:
No. 23 Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
TV: Ryan Ruocco, Mike Golic, Mike Golic Jr., Paul Caracaterra
Radio: Kevin Winter, Jack Ford, CJ Papa
ESPN and ESPN Radio
5:30 p.m. Russell Athletic Bowl:
No. 16 West Virginia vs. Miami
TV: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
Radio: David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Olivia Harlan
ESPN and ESPN Radio
9 p.m. AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl:
Texas A&M vs. Kansas State
TV: Dave Flemming, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge
Deportes:  Lalo Varela, Carlos Nava
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Thur, Dec. 29 2 p.m. Birmingham Bowl:
South Florida vs. South Carolina
TV: Eamon McAnaney, John Congemi, Kevin Weidl
Radio: Doug Bell, Chris Doering, Kris Budden
ESPN and ESPN Radio
5:30 p.m. Belk Bowl:
Arkansas vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech
TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr Jerry Punch
Deportes: Jerry Olaya, Roberto Abramowitz
Radio: Taylor Zarzour, Charles Arbuckle, Dari Nowkhah
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
9 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl:
No. 12 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 Colorado
TV: Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath
Deportes:  Lalo Varela, Sebastian Martinez-Christensen
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Fri, Dec. 30 Noon AutoZone Liberty Bowl:
Georgia vs. TCU
TV: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Radio: Bill Roth, Al Groh, Alex Corddry
ESPN and ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:
Nebraska vs. No. 21 Tennessee
TV: Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Dawn Davenport
ESPN and ESPN Radio
8 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl:
No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State
TV: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
Deportes:  Lalo Varela, Sebastian Martinez-Christensen
Radio: Dave Flemming, Tom Ramsey, Allison Williams  
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec. 31 11 a.m. Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl:
No. 20 LSU vs. No. 13 Louisville
TV: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
Radio: Jason Bennetti, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra
ABC and ESPN Radio
11 a.m. TaxSlayer Bowl:
Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
3 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl:
No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama
TV: Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Deportes:   Kenneth Garay, Alex Pombo, Sebastian Martinez-Christensen
Radio: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
7 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl:
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 ClemsonTV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi
Deportes:  Lalo Varela, Pablo Viruega
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Mon, Jan. 2 1p.m. Outback Bowl:
No. 17 Florida vs. Iowa
Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch
ABC
1 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic:
No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
Deportes:   Jerry Olaya, Roberto Abramowitz
Radio: Brad Sham, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual:
No. 9 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder
Deportes:  Kenny Garay, Alex Pombo
Radio: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Molly McGrath  
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
8 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl:
No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 OklahomaTV: Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Kaylee Hartung
Deportes:   Lalo Varela, Pablo Viruega
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Sat. Jan 7 Noon NCAA FCS Championship
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Quint Kessenich
ESPN2
Mon. Jan 9 8 p.m. College Football Playoff National Championship

TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi
Deportes: Lalo Varela, Pablo Viruega
Radio: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe, Ian Fitzsimmons  

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

Schedule is subject to change

Every bowl game on ESPN, ABC and ESPN2 will also be streamed live through WatchESPN and the ESPN app, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their video or internet subscription from an affiliated provider.

Capital One Bowl Mania Contest
College football fans can compete to win $1 million and a trip to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta by entering the Capital One Bowl Mania contest on ESPN.com. Fans can choose to pick the winner of 42 college football bowl games straight up or ranked by confidence 1 through 42. Picks need to be made only once to compete against friends, family and other football fans.

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner