The inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship is set for Monday night to determine the first national champion under the brad new playoff format. Oregon and Ohio State, in the 15th game of the season for each school, battle for the title.
For this final game of the college football season, you have lots of options for watching the game. ESPN has more than a dozen alternate productions across their multimedia platforms. Last season I DVR’d the film room broadcast and popped in during commercial breaks throughout the game to see what the coaches were seeing. Then, of course, after the game, I watched the whole thing – it was outstanding.
Last season it included Steve Addazio (Boston College), Paul Chryst (Pitt) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) along with ESPN’s Matt Millen, Chris Spielman and Tom Luginbill breaking down the game in real time. This season Spielman and Luginbill are back along with Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi and Nebraska coach Mike Riley. Narduzzi was the Michigan State defensive coordinator and faced Oregon and Ohio State this season, losing both games. Riley was at Oregon State the past 11 seasons, so obviously has seen plenty of the Oregon Ducks. They have all the camera angles and will be telestrating what they see throughout the game.
There are lots of other interesting options, detailed here:
- ESPN Voices: The ESPNU telecast will take fans into a specially-created viewing theatre with a cross-section of ESPN on-air personalities from outside college football responsibilities as they watch and discuss the game, including Jay Bilas, Aaron Boone, Julie Foudy, Barry Melrose, Mark Schlereth and Michael Wilbon.
- Off the Ball: Available on ESPNEWS, Off the Ball will give viewers an inside look at the way current ESPN analysts Kevin Carter, Matt Millen, Jason Sehorn and Matt Stinchcomb, as well as Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Amani Toomer, study and dissect the game by focusing on the plays away from the ball, including in the trenches of the offensive and defensive lines, the wide receiver vs. defensive back matchups, coaching strategy and more. Bob Wischusen will host.
- Sounds of the Game: ESPN Classic’s coverage will couple ESPN’s video with the natural sounds of the game that will be captured by the 100 microphones positioned throughout the stadium. The telecast will include the pregame and halftime performances of the Oregon and Ohio State marching bands.
- Radio Broadcast: ESPN Radio’s broadcast will use ESPN’s Monday Night Football announcer Mike Tirico with top ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge, reporters Holly Rowe and Joe Schad, and Rules Expert Bill Lemonnier.
- Home Team Radio: ESPN3, in cooperation with IMG College, will offer an “Oregon Radio Call” (via Oregon IMG Sports Network) and “Ohio State Radio Call” (via Ohio State IMG Sports Network) presentation. Each of the team’s specific coverage will feature the their home radio broadcast (Oregon’s Jerry Allen, analyst Mike Jorgensen, reporter Joey McMurray and host Chase Morgan, and Ohio State’s Paul Keels with analyst Jim Lachey and reporter Marty Bannister). The on-screen presentation will provide fans of both teams with the game feed plus isolated cameras on their home team’s head coach and marquee players.
- Command Center: Available on ESPN Goal Line, the commercial-free coverage will feature a full-time split screen application showing the live game action, along with immediate replays of every play and isolated camera feeds of both head coaches, enhanced statistics and the ESPN Radio broadcast call. The Command Center option will sample other Megacast content during on-field media timeouts.
- Spanish Language Call: ESPN Deportes will provide a traditional telecast of the game with Eduardo Varela and analyst Pablo Viruega providing a Spanish language call of the action. The game will also be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes Radio.
- SpiderCam: Fans will be able to watch the entire game from the above stadium SpiderCam angle on ESPN3.
- Taco Bell Student Section: The ESPN3 commercial-free option will feature cameras in the Taco Bell student sections (special sections created by Taco Bell that treat 500 students from each school to a VIP experience) and with the cheerleaders, bands and mascots of each team to showcase how the most enthusiastic fans in the building are living and dying with every play.
- Data Center: The commercial-free coverage on ESPN3 will include significant on-screen graphic content ranging from analytics, curated social media reaction and more.
- Every CFP Megacast option on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes and ESPNEWS will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360, and Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.