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ESPN’s Exclusive Presentation of the College Football Playoff National Championship, the New Year’s Six and 29 Additional Bowl Games

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  • New Year’s Day: College Football Playoff Semifinals at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual and Allstate Sugar Bowl on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  • January 8: CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  • Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Complete the New Year’s Six
  • 2017-18 Bowl Season:
    • 35 Games plus the CFP National Championship Beginning Dec. 16;
    • ESPN Events 14 Owned and Operated Bowl Games
    • ESPN Televises 31 games; ESPN Radio Broadcasts 22 Games; ESPN Deportes Airs 13 Games; ESPN3 Streams All Trophy Presentations
  • Capital One Bowl Mania Contest Returns on ESPN.com and ESPN Fantasy App

ESPN will exclusively televise the College Football Playoff beginning with the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual (5 p.m. ET) featuring No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma and College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl featuring No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 Clemson (8:45 p.m.) on New Year’s Day. The winners will play in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on January 8 (8 p.m.).

The Rose Bowl Game will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and the Allstate Sugar Bowl will take place the at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Both venues become the first to host a second CFP Semifinal. The CFP National Championship will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the fourth different venue to host the CFP’s pinnacle game.

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Tom Rinaldi Call a CFP Semifinal and the CFP National Championship for Fourth Consecutive Year; Maria Taylor Makes Debut
Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit call the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual and the CFP National Championship game, remaining the only tandem to call each of the National Championship games in the CFP era. Tom Rinaldi will once again join the duo, reporting from the sidelines, as he has done each of the four years of the CFP era. Maria Taylor will also report from the sidelines as she makes her CFP debut. Rinaldi will report on Oklahoma while Taylor will be embedded with Georgia.

Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe Call the CFP Semifinal at Allstate Sugar Bowl; Laura Rutledge Joins Telecast
Joe Tessitore and Todd Blackledge will call the Allstate Sugar Bowl, with Holly Rowe reporting from the sidelines. This is trio’s second consecutive year calling a semifinal as a group and, for Blackledge and Rowe, their fourth consecutive year working a semifinal. Laura Rutledge will join the telecast as well.

New Year’s Six Features Iconic Teams; UCF Puts Undefeated Season on the Line
ESPN’s coverage of the College Football Playoff is complimented by entire the New Year’s Six – four additional premier bowl games in addition to the CFP Semifinals. For the second consecutive year, the New Year’s Six will be played on three separate days beginning with a primetime Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between No. 8 USC and No. 5 Ohio State on Friday, Dec. 29 (8:30 p.m.). The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl featuring No. 11 Washington vs. No. 9 Penn State (4 p.m.) and the Capital One Orange Bowl (8 p.m.) between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 10 Miami will be played on Saturday, Dec. 30. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between No. 12 UCF and No. 7 Auburn (12:30 p.m.) leads into the CFP Semifinals on New Year’s Day.

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio All Broadcast the College Football National Championship, CFP Semifinals and the New Year’s Six.
The College Football Playoff Semifinals, the CFP National Championship and the New Year’s Six will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and broadcast on ESPN Radio. Additional coverage details for the entire College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six will be announced in the coming weeks.

New Year’s Six and College Football Playoff Schedule and Announcers

Date Time Bowl, Teams and Commentators Network
Fri, Dec. 29 8:30 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic:
No. 8 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State
TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison WilliamsRadio: Brad Sham, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec. 30 4 p.m. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl:
No. 11 Washington vs. No. 9 Penn State
TV: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom LuginbillRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl
No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami
TV: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Molly McGrath, Todd McShayRadio: Dave Flemming, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Mon, Jan. 1 12:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
No. 12 UCF vs. No. 7 Auburn
TV: Dave Flemming, Brock Huard, Allison WilliamsRadio: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
5 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 OklahomaTV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi, Maria Taylor
Radio: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
8:45 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 ClemsonTV: Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe and Laura Rutledge

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

 

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T

Mon, Jan 8 8 p.m. College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T

TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi, Maria Taylor

Radio: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Ian Fitzsimmons, Holly Rowe

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

ESPN Deportes commentators will be announced in the coming weeks

 ESPN’s 2017-18 CFP National Championship and Bowl Highlights

  • ESPN televises 31 games, ABC airs four games and ESPN2 one game; ESPN Deportes televises 13 games
  • ESPN Radio broadcasts 22 games
  • ESPN3 streams all trophy presentations
  • ESPN/ABC covers all 14 ESPN Events owned-and-operated bowl games:
    • Academy Sports + Outdoor Texas Bowl
    • Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
    • Bahamas Bowl
    • Birmingham Bowl
    • Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl
    • Celebration Bowl
    • DXL Frisco Bowl
    • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
    • GILDAN New Mexico Bowl
    • Hawai’i Bowl
    • Las Vegas Bowl
    • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
    • Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
    • Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
  • ESPN has exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Football Championship, including the NCAA FCS Championshipgame on January 6 on ESPN2 (noon).

ESPN’s 2017-18 Bowl Schedule 

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Dec. 16 Noon Celebration Bowl:
Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T
Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Tiffany Greene
ABC
  1 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:
Troy vs. North TexasTV: Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN and ESPN Radio
  3:30 p.m. Las Vegas Bowl:
No. 25 Boise State vs. Oregon
Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Molly McGrath
ABC
  4:30 p.m. GILDAN New Mexico Bowl:
Marshall vs. Colorado State
TV: Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy JonesRadio: Trey Bender, Cole Cubelic, Quint Kessenich
ESPN and ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl:
Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State
TV: Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia HarlanRadio: John Brickley, TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Tue, Dec. 19 7 p.m. Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl:
Akron vs. Florida Atlantic
TV: Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison, Cole CubelicRadio: Steve Levy, Desmond Howard, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 20 8 p.m. DXL Frisco Bowl:
Louisiana Tech vs. SMU
Mike Couzens, John Congemi, Kris Budden
ESPN
Thu, Dec. 21 8 p.m. Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl:
Temple vs. Florida International
Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr., Roddy Jones
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Fri, Dec. 22 12:30 p.m. Bahamas Bowl:
UAB vs. Ohio
Steve Levy, Desmond Howard, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
  4 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:
Central Michigan vs. Wyoming
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey, Alex Corddry
ESPN
Sat, Dec. 23 12 p.m. Birmingham Bowl:
Texas Tech vs. South Florida
Tom Hart, Gene Chizik, Lauren Sisler
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  3:30 p.m. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl:
San Diego State vs. Army
Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN
  7 p.m. Dollar General Bowl:
Appalachian State vs. Toledo
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport
ESPN
Sun, Dec. 24 8:30 p.m. Hawai’i Bowl:
Fresno State vs. Houston
TV: Chris Cotter, Rod Gilmore, Shelly SmithRadio: Kevin Winter, TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
Tue, Dec. 26 1:30 p.m. Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl:

Utah vs. West Virginia
Roy Philpott, Rene Ingoglia, Kris Budden

ESPN
  5:15 p.m. Quick Lane Bowl:
Duke vs. Northern Illinois
Mike Couzens, Ray Bentley Allison Williams
ESPN
  9 p.m. Cactus Bowl:
Kansas State vs. UCLA
TV: Jason Benetti, Jordan Rodgers, Olivia HarlanRadio: Marc Kestecher, Tom Ramsey, Desmond Purnell
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 27 1:30 p.m. Walk-On’s Independence Bowl:

Southern Mississippi vs. Florida State
Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones

ESPN
  5:15 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl:
Iowa vs. Boston College
TV: Kevin Negandhi, Mack Brown, Booger McFarland, Jen LadaRadio: Kevin Winter, Jack Ford, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN and ESPN Radio
  9 p.m. Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl:
Texas vs. Missouri
TV: Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrathRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Thu, Dec. 28 1:30 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman:
Virginia vs. Navy
TV: Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison, Alex CorddryRadio: John Brickley, TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
  5:15 p.m. Camping World Bowl:
No. 22 Virginia Tech vs. No. 19 Oklahoma StateTV: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman

Radio: Mark Neely, John Congemi, Chris Doering

ESPN and ESPN Radio
  9 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl:
No. 13 Stanford vs. No. 15 TCU
TV: Rece Davis, Joey Galloway, David Pollack, Quint KessenichRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Fri, Dec. 29 1 p.m. Belk Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M
TV: Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris BuddenRadio: Matt Schick, Mike Golic Jr, TBD
ESPN and ESPN Radio
  4:30 p.m. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Kentucky vs. No. 21 Northwestern
TV: Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia HarlanRadio: Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia, Desmond Purnell
ESPN and ESPN Radio
  8:30 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic:
No. 8 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State
TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison WilliamsRadio: Brad Sham, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec. 30 Noon TaxSlayer Bowl
Louisville vs. No. 23 Mississippi State
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ESPN
  12:30 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl:
Iowa State vs. No. 20 Memphis
TV: Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul CarcaterraRadio: Bill Roth, Barrett Jones, Dawn Davenport
ABC, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  4 p.m. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl:
No. 11 Washington vs. No. 9 Penn State
TV: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom LuginbillRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl
No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami
TV: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Molly McGrath, Todd McShayRadio: Dave Flemming, Anthony Becht, Molly McGrath
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Mon, Jan 1 Noon Outback Bowl
Michigan vs. South Carolina
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
ESPN2
  12:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
No. 12 UCF vs. No. 7 Auburn
TV: Dave Flemming, Brock Huard, Allison WilliamsRadio: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  1 p.m. Citrus Bowl Presented by Overton’s
No. 14 Notre Dame vs. No. 17 LSU
TV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint KessenichRadio: Dave LaMont, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
ABC and ESPN Radio
  5 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 OklahomaTV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi, Maria Taylor

Radio: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
  8:45 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 ClemsonTV: Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe and Laura Rutledge

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons

ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Sat, Jan 6 Noon NCAA FCS Championship
Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Quint Kessenich
ESPN2
Mon, Jan 8 8 p.m. College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T

TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi, Maria Taylor

Radio: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Ian Fitzsimmons, Holly Rowe

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

ESPN Deportes commentators will be announced in the coming weeks

Capital One Bowl Mania Contest
College football fans can compete to win over $1 million and a trip to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship in Santa Clara, CA by entering the Capital One Bowl Mania contest on ESPN.com and the ESPN Fantasy App. Fans can choose to pick the winner of 41 college football bowl games straight up or ranked by confidence 1 through 41. Picks need to be made only once to compete against friends, family and other football fans.

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