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College Football Playoff Semifinals and National Championship Air on ESPN for Fifth Consecutive Year; Network’s Exclusive Presentation of New Year’s Six and Complete 35-Bowl Schedule Leads into the Sport’s Pinnacle Game

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  • No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame in CFP Semifinal at Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic; No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma in CFP Semifinal at Capital One Orange Bowl on December 29
  • Sean McDonough Calls First CFP Semifinal Game; Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe, Tom Rinaldi Work their Fifth; Maria Taylor and Laura Rutledge Each Report on Their Second
  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual, and Allstate Sugar Bowl Complete New Year’s Six
  • College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on January 7
  • CFP Semifinals, Complete New Year’s Six and CFP National Championship on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  • Bowl Season Begins Dec. 15 with Five Games; Continues Through New Year’s Day
  • ESPN Radio Broadcasts 22 Games; ESPN Deportes Airs 16 Games; ESPN3 Streams Trophy Presentations

ESPN will exclusively air the College Football Playoff Semifinals and the College Football Playoff National Championship for the fifth time in the five years of the new system highlighting a bowl season featuring the entire New Year’s Six and a 35-game bowl slate. The robust postseason slate contributes to an industry-leading season where ESPN carried more than 1,000 college football games on its platforms.

College Football Playoff Semifinals: No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, featuring No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (4 p.m. ET), and the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma (8 p.m.) will both be played on ESPN Saturday, Dec. 29, the first year under an adjusted schedule adopted by the College Football Playoff organization. The winners will play in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Monday, January 7.

Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit Call CFP Semifinal at Capital One Orange Bowl; Laura Rutledge Reports on Sooners; Maria Taylor on Alabama
Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl, the duo’s fifth semifinal together and the only play-by-play commentator and analyst to call a CFP Semifinal in each of the five years of the system. Laura Rutledge and Maria Taylor will be the reporters, with Rutledge assigned to the Sooners and Taylor to the Crimson Tide. For the versatile commentators, it is their second consecutive year working a CFP Semifinal.

Sean McDonough Makes CFP Semifinal Debut at Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic; Blackledge is Analyst, Rinaldi and Rowe Reporters for Fifth CFP Semifinal
Sean McDonough makes his College Football Playoff debut when the accomplished broadcaster calls the CFP Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic, joining Todd Blackledge in the booth. Veteran reporters Holly Rowe and Tom Rinaldi will report from Arlington; the duo, along with Blackledge, join Fowler and Herbstreit in working a CFP Semifinal for the fifth consecutive year. Rowe will be assigned to the Tigers and Rinaldi to the Fighting Irish.

New Year’s Day Features Tripleheader of New Year’s Six Games; Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Precedes CFP Semifinals
ESPN’s College Football Playoff coverage includes every game of the New Year’s Six, the CFP Semifinals plus four additional premier bowl games – the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (1 p.m.), The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual (5 p.m.) and the Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:45 p.m.) on New Year’s Day, as well as Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (noon) on Dec. 29, preceding the College Football Playoff Semifinals.

Traditional Conference Matchups Headline Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual and Allstate Sugar Bowl; UCF Looks to Extend Nation’s Longest Winning Streak and LSU Makes New Year’s Six Debut in PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
The Fiesta Bowl features No. 11 LSU vs. No. 8 UCF, as the Knights participate in their second consecutive New Year’s Six game and look to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 26 games. LSU is participating in its first New Year’s Six game.  The Rose Bowl Game features the traditional matchup of the Pac-12 Champion vs. the Big Ten Champion, as No. 9 Washington plays No. 6 Ohio State. It is the Huskies first trip to Pasadena since 2001 and the Buckeyes first since 2011. The Sugar Bowl will conclude New Year’s Six as No. 15 Texas plays No. 5 Georgia, in a traditional Big 12-SEC matchup.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Features Rematch of 2017 Season Opener: No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Michigan
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, which precedes the College Football Playoff semifinals, will see No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Michigan match up for the second straight season, as the teams kicked off the 2017 season with the Wolverines coming out on top of the Gators, 33-17. The last bowl game between these teams was 2015, when Michigan beat Florida in the Citrus Bowl, 41-7.

Additional production elements surrounding New Year’s Six Games will be announced in coming weeks

Sat, Dec. 29 Noon Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Michigan

TV: Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

Radio: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  4 p.m.

 

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre DameTV:  Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Tom Rinaldi and Holly RoweRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  8 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 OklahomaTV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Laura Rutledge, Maria Taylor

Radio: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
Tue, Jan 1 1 p.m. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
No. 11 LSU vs. No. 8 UCFTV: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShayRadio:Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Dekker
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
No. 9 Washington vs. No. 6 Ohio StateTV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi, Maria TaylorRadio: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  8:45 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl
No. 15 Texas at No. 5 GeorgiaTV: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly RoweRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T

Mon, Jan. 7 8 p.m. College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T

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

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

ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio

 

ESPN’s 2018-19 Bowl Highlights

 

  • ESPN televises 31 games, ABC airs four games, and ESPN2 one game; ESPN Deportes televises 16 games
  • ESPN Radio will broadcast 22 games
  • ESPN3 streams trophy presentations
  • ESPN/ABC covers all 14 ESPN Events owned-and-operated bowl games:
    • Academy Sports + Outdoor Texas Bowl
    • Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
    • Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
    • Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
    • Jared Birmingham Bowl
    • Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
    • DXL Frisco Bowl
    • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
    • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
    • Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
    • New Mexico Bowl
    • Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
    • SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
    • SoFi Hawai’i Bowl
  • ESPN has exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Football Championship, including the NCAA FCS Championship game on January 5 on ESPN2 (noon). ESPNU will televise the Division III Football Championship on December 13 (7 p.m.) and the Division II Football Championship on December 15 (4 p.m.). The NAIA Football Championship will be streamed on ESPN3, also on December 15 (7 p.m.).

ESPN’s 2018-19 Postseason Schedule 

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Dec. 15 Noon Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl

North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State

Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Jay Walker, Molly McGrath

ABC and
ESPN Deportes
  2 p.m. New Mexico Bowl
North Texas vs. Utah StateTV: Mark Neely, John Congemi, Quint KessenichRadio: Bill Roth, Barrett Jones, Taylor Davis
ESPN, ESPN Radio
  3:30 p.m. Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
Arizona State vs. No. 21 Fresno StateRece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi
ABC
  5:30 p.m. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Georgia Southern vs. Eastern MichiganTV: Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia, Lauren SislerRadio: Kevin Winter, Ben Hartstock
ESPN,
ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio
  9 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian StateTV: Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia DekkerRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN,
ESPN Radio
Tue, Dec. 18 7 p.m. Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
UAB vs. Northern IllinoisTV: Dave Lamont, Desmond Howard, Jon Vilma, Alyssa LangRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN,
ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 19 8 p.m. DXL Frisco Bowl
San Diego State vs. OhioKevin Brown, Andre Ware, Kris Budden
ESPN
Thu, Dec. 20 8 p.m. Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
Marshall vs. South FloridaClay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN,

ESPN Deportes

Fri, Dec. 21 12:30 p.m. Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
Florida International vs. ToledoSteve Levy, Desmond Howard, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
  4 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Western Michigan vs. BYURoy Philpott, Tom Ramsey, Alex Corddry
ESPN
Sat, Dec. 22 Noon Jared Birmingham Bowl
Memphis vs. Wake ForestDave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
ESPN
  3:30 p.m. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Houston vs. ArmyChris Cotter, Emmanuel Acho, Jim Mora, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
ESPN Deportes
  7 p.m. Dollar General Bowl
Buffalo vs. TroyAnish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones
ESPN
ESPN Deportes
  10:30 p.m. SoFi Hawai’i Bowl
Hawai’i vs. Louisiana TechTV: Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Allison WilliamsRadio: Kevin Winter, TBD
ESPN,
ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec. 26 1:30 p.m. SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Boston College vs. No. 25 Boise StateLowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
ESPN
  5:15 p.m. Quick Lane Bowl
Minnesota vs. Georgia TechMark Neely, Ray Bentley, Allison Williams
ESPN
  9 p.m. Cheez-It Bowl
California vs. TCUTV: Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia DekkerRadio: Kevin Brown, Andre Ware, Shelley Smith
ESPN,
ESPN Deportes,
ESPN Radio
Thu, Dec. 27 1:30 p.m. Walk-On’s Independence Bowl
Temple vs. DukeMike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Lauren Sisler
ESPN
  5:15 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Miami vs. WisconsinTV: Bob Wischusen, Mike Golic Jr, Dan Orlovsky, Paul CarcaterraRadio: Kevin Winter, Jack Ford, CJ Papa
ESPN,
ESPN Deportes,
ESPN Radio
  9 p.m. Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
Baylor vs. VanderbiltTV: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole CubelicRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN,
ESPN Deportes
ESPN Radio
Fri, Dec. 28 1:30 p.m. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Purdue vs. AuburnTV: Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy JonesRadio: Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
ESPN
ESPN Radio
  5:15 p.m. Camping World Bowl
No. 16 West Virginia vs. No. 20 SyracuseTV: Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Quint KessenichRadio: Dave Lamont, John Congemi, Molly McGrath
ESPN
ESPN Radio
  9 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl
No. 24 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Washington StateTV: Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom LuginbillRadio: Roy Philpot, Tom Ramsey, Alex Corddry
ESPN

ESPN Radio

Sat, Dec. 29 Noon Belk Bowl
South Carolina vs. Virginia
TV:
Adam Amin, Anthony Becht, Rocky BoimanRadio: Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Kris Budden
ABC

ESPN Radio

Mon, Dec. 31 Noon Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
Cincinnati vs. Virginia TechTV: Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia, Alex CorddryRadio: Kevin Winter, TBD
ESPN
ESPN Radio
  3:45 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl
No. 23 Missouri vs. Oklahoma StateTV: Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky, Paul CarcaterraRadio: Dave LaMont, Ray Bentley, Alyssa Lang
ESPN and ESPN Radio
  7:30 p.m. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
NC State vs. No. 19 Texas A&MAdam Amin, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Tue, Jan 1 Noon Outback Bowl
No. 18 Mississippi State vs. IowaMark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
ESPN2
  1 p.m. VRBO Citrus Bowl
No. 14 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Penn StateTV: Dave Flemming, Brock Huard, Laura RutledgeRadio: Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
ABC
ESPN Radio

Please note: All bowl names, dates, and networks subject to change.
The College Football Playoff National Championship is not considered a bowl game
ESPN Deportes Commentators are TBD

Capital One Bowl Mania Contest
College football fans can compete to win more than $1 million and a trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship in New Orleans for the 2019 season by entering the Capital One Bowl Mania contest on ESPN.com and the ESPN Fantasy App. Fans can pick the winner of all 41 college football bowl games straight up or ranked by confidence 1 through 41. Picks must be made only once and players can compete in up to 10 groups with friends, family or colleagues.

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