ESPN ThisWeek — December 31, 2012

BOWLS CONTINUE WITH BCS

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Extensive College Football Bowl Coverage Continues With BCS Games Tuesday
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
ESPN’s extensive college football bowl schedule – highlighted by all five of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) matchups beginning Tuesday, Jan. 1 – will culminate with the Discover BCS National Championship on Monday, Jan. 7, with No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama (8:30 p.m. ET / ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, WatchESPN). A New Year’s Eve matchup at the Sheraton Hawaii Bow, Fresno State vs. SMU, at 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio kick starts the holiday week games on ESPN. A complete schedule with commentator assignments is available on ESPN Media Zone.

BCS Bowls

Date Time (ET) Game / Announcers Platform(s)
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

Non-BCS Bowls

Date Time (ET) Game / Announcers Platform(s)
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

NBA Friday: Heat-Bulls, Battle of L.A.
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
NBA action returns to ESPN on Friday, Jan. 4, when the Miami Heat led by LeBron James host the Chicago Bulls and Joakim Noah at 8 p.m. Mike Breen will call the game with analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Lisa Salters. In the nightcap, the Los Angeles rivalry takes center stage as the Lakers try to stop the Clippers’ historic winning streak (currently at 17 with games Jan. 1 and 2) beginning at 10:30 p.m. Dave Pasch and analyst Jeff Van Gundy will handle the call with reporter Chris Broussard. Both games are available on WatchESPN.

Date Time (ET) Game / Announcers Network
Fri, Jan 4 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat Presented by State Farm
Mike Breen, Hubie Brown, Lisa Salters
ESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers Presented by State Farm
Dave Pasch, Jeff Van Gundy, Chris Broussard
ESPN, WatchESPN

Men’s College Basketball: Top Three Teams in Action
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
ESPN’s men’s college basketball schedule for the first weekend of January will be highlighted by telecast of the top three ranked teams, all undefeated: No. 1 Duke (against Wake Forest on Saturday, Jan. 5, at noon on ESPNU); No. 2 Michigan (at Northwestern on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2); and No. 3 Arizona (against Colorado on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. on ESPNU).

Additional highlights include No. 7 Syracuse at South Florida (Sunday, Jan. 6, at noon on ESPN3 and the BIG EAST Network) and No. 22 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Kansas State (Saturday, Jan. 5, at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN3 and the Big 12 Network).

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through January 6

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Thu, Jan 3 7 p.m. No. 2 Michigan at Northwestern
Dave O’Brien & Sean Farnham
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Milwaukee at Detroit ESPN3
  8 p.m. Colorado at No. 3 Arizona
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
ESPNU
  10 p.m. Stanford at USC
Tom Hart & Darrin Horn
ESPNU
Fri, Jan 4 7 p.m. Cleveland State at Valparaiso
Jim Barbar & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPNU
  7 p.m. Iona at Siena
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
  8 p.m. Memphis at Tennessee
TBD & Mark Adams
ESPN2
Sat, Jan 5 11 a.m. No. 24 Pittsburgh at Rutgers
TBD
ESPN2
  Noon Wake Forest at No. 1 Duke
Carter Blackburn & Jay Williams
ESPNU
  Noon Virginia Tech at Maryland ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  Noon Seton Hall at No. 21 Notre Dame
Anish Shroff & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  1:30 p.m. No. 22 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Kansas State
Mark Neely & Chris Piper
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  2 p.m. Texas at Baylor
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla
ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 15 Georgetown at Marquette
Lou Canellis & Bob Valvano
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  2:30 p.m. Mercer at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Miami at Georgia Tech ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  4 p.m. No. 23 NC State at Boston College
Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
ESPN2
  4 p.m. St. John’s at No. 14 Cincinnati

Beth Mowins & Tim Welsh

ESPNU
  4 p.m. Charleston Southern at Radford ESPN3
  4 p.m. Oklahoma at West Virginia
Dave Armstrong & Stephen Howard
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  4 p.m. Florida State at Clemson ESPN3 * & RSN ^
  6 p.m. Murray State at Southeast Missouri State
Dan Gutowsky & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
  7 p.m. UNC Greensboro at Davidson ESPN3
  8 p.m. DePaul at Providence
Don Orsillo & Ron Perry
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  9:30 p.m. Washington at Washington State
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPNU
Sun, Jan 6 Noon No. 7 Syracuse at South Florida
Anish Shroff & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  5:30 p.m. Wichita State at Bradley
Jim Barbar & Mark Adams
ESPNU
  8 p.m. North Carolina at Virginia
Carter Blackburn, Jay Williams & Allison Williams
ESPNU

Women’s College Basketball Starts up Conference Play
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
Conference play opens up with the start of the New Year, including a slew of games on ESPNU and ESPN3. BIG EAST, ACC and SEC play on ESPNU begins on Sunday, Jan. 6, with a tripleheader. The day starts with St. John’s at Rutgers at 11:30 a.m., followed by No. 21 Florida State at No. 9 Maryland at 1:30 and Vanderbilt at Mississippi at 3:30 p.m. Additional games on ESPN3 include Elena Della Donne and Delaware at St. John’s on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. and No. 9 Maryland at No. 16 North Carolina on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m.

Note: Rankings reflect December 24 poll

Date Time (ET) Game / Announcers Platform(s)
Wed, Jan 2 5 p.m. Northern Kentucky at North Florida ESPN3
  7 p.m. Delaware at St. John’s ESPN3
Thu, Jan 3 7 p.m. No. 4 Duke at NC State ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 9 Maryland at No. 16 North Carolina ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 21 Florida State at Georgia Tech ESPN3
Sat, Jan 5 3 p.m. Appalachian State at Davidson ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Mercer at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 12 Louisville at DePaul
Bob Picozzi & LaChina Robinson
BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Jan 6 11:30 a.m. St. John’s at Rutgers
Ed Cohen & Christy Winters Scott
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  1:30 p.m. No. 21 Florida State at No. 9 Maryland
Michele Smith & LaChina Robinson
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. LSU at Florida
Cara Capuano & Nell Fortner
SEC Network / ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Mississippi
Melissa Lee & Maria Taylor
ESPNU / WatchESPN

Nissan and ESPN Give One Lucky Fan the Chance to be a Part of the Nissan Heisman House
contact: amy.phillips@espn.com
After the winner of the Discover BCS National Championship Game is crowned on January 7, one lucky fan will be chosen to be a part of the next season’s Nissan Heisman House, courtesy of Nissan USA, ESPN, TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles and OMD.

A new custom spot, featuring Heisman House dwellers Tim Brown and Desmond Howard, will encourage fans to enter for their chance to hang out with this exclusive fraternity when filming begins for the 2013-14 season. The contest will be promoted across ESPN’s television and digital properties, as well as on social media platforms throughout BCS Bowl Week.

Twitter handles, including @NissanUSA and @ESPNPromotions, will kick off the virally designed sweepstakes on Jan. 1, by issuing a tweet that fans will be asked to retweet to enter the sweepstakes.  Fans can also create an original tweet and incorporate #NissanHeismanHouse to enter, or they can enter directly at www.nissanheismanhouse.com. Entries will not be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 8.  A winner will be chosen at random and notified via Twitter.  Entrants must be at least 18 years of age at time of entry to play and a legal resident of the United States.  The official rules can be found at www.NissanHeismanHouse.com.


David Gaston Named $1 Million Winner of Monday Night Football Pick ‘Em Game ESPN Primetime Payoff
contact: kristie.chong@espn.com
It’s a very happy new year for Centennial, Colo., native David Gaston, who recently won $1 million in ESPN Primetime Payoff presented by Best Buy*, ESPN’s pick ‘em game, based on the events of Monday Night Football (MNF).  The 23-year-old was randomly selected as the winner when his 33 points earned him 33 chances to win the grand prize.  Gaston’s overall picks put him in the 90th percentile, with correct picks in MNF games from weeks 6-9 that included the Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints.

ESPN Primetime Payoff debuted to fans this year on ESPN.com and on mobile and tablet devices.  Each Tuesday, twelve game-related questions were released for participants to answer for the following week’s MNF game.  During halftime, three additional bonus questions (worth two points each) were released that were directly relevant to what happened in the game.  Participants gathered points throughout the season based on correct picks, with one point equal to one entry for the overall grand prize, random drawing of $1 million.  For example, if a player made 50 correct picks, they earned 50 entries into the drawing.  The highest scoring player in the game received a check for $50,000. The fantasy game featured social media integrations, including message boards and halftime questions submitted for consideration via Twitter using hashtag #primetimepayoff.

* Pending review of his entry for eligibility and authentication.


espnW.com: Player of the Week, Weekly Wrap, Headliners and a Historic Year for Women’s Sports
contact: amanda.decastro@espn.com
espnW.com continues naming its national player of the week every Monday throughout the women’s college basketball season. Illinois senior forward Karisma Penn receives this week’s top honor after scoring 27 points and a career-best 19 rebounds to lead the Illini to the holiday-shortened week’s biggest upset, a 70-59 victory that knocked Georgia from the ranks of undefeated teams. Other highlights include contributor Graham Hays’ weekly wrap, the 12-part series, espnW Headliners, and a look back at 2012, a historic year in women’s sports though photos and video.

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