Event Previews

Big football weekend starts with the college bowls and the playoffs; ESPN will provide extensive coverage

Between the bowl games, the colleges and the NFL, it’s shaping up to be a busy football weekend.

An ESPN spokeseman tells me, “Most of the remaining bowl games are being called from the sites. There are a few exceptions but the CFP semis and Championship game are and so are all the New Year’s Six.”

Kirk Herbstreit will be calling the Sugar Bowl semifinal game from home due to the positive Covid test he disclosed last night. Amazing what technology can do these days.

Bob Wischusen is a tough New Jersey guy. He needs to grab partner Dan Orlovsky at the collar and tell him not to talk too much. Shush already! There’s no reason and analyst needs to talk and pontificate after every play.

Hometown Audio Feeds: Fans can catch the local radio broadcast of each of the four teams in the national semis, with their audio feeds synced up with ESPN’s presentation.

Megacast schedule for semis (Underlined are play-by-players):

Alabama (SEC Network):  Eli Gold, John Parker Wilson, Rashad Johnson and Chris Stewart

Clemson (ACC Network): Don Munson, Tim Bourret and Reggie Merriweather

Notre Dame (ACC Network): Paul Burmeister, Ryan Harris and Jack Nolan

Ohio State (ESPN App):  Paul Keels, Jim Lachey, Matt Andrews and Skip Mosic

Dec. 30

Duke’s Mayo Bowl – Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb
Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin
Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, North Carolina)
12 p.m. | ESPN

TransPerfect Music City Bowl – Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers
Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tennessee)

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic– Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Florida
AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
8 p.m. | ESPN

Dec. 31

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich
No. 24 Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Texas)
12 p.m. | ESPN

Arizona Bowl
No. 22 San Jose State vs. Ball State Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson
Arizona Stadium (Tucson, Arizona)
2 p.m. | CBSSN

AutoZone Liberty Bowl – Wes Durham, Roddy Jones
Army vs. West Virginia
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, Tennessee)
4 p.m. | ESPN

Texas Bowl – Jason Benetti, Andre Ware
TCU vs. Arkansas
NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas)

Jan. 1

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek
No. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 9 Georgia
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)
12 p.m. | ESPN

Vrbo Citrus Bowl – Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore
No. 14 Northwestern vs. Auburn –
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)
1 p.m. | ABC

College Football Playoff semifinal — Game # 1 Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame
AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
4 p.m. | ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal) – Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit
No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, Louisiana)
8 p.m. | ESPN

Jan. 2

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl – Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill
No. 23 NC State vs. Kentucky
TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Florida)
12 p.m. | ESPN

Outback Bowl  Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers

No. 11 Indiana vs. Ole Miss
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
12:30 p.m. | ABC

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – Dave Pasch, Mike Golic
No. 10 Iowa State vs. No. 25 Oregon
State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)
4 p.m. | ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl  – Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky
No. 5 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 North Carolina
Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)
8 p.m. | ESPN

Jan. 11

College Football Playoff National Championship Game – Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit
Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)
8 p.m. | ESPN

David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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