Alabama and Clemson square off in the second College Football Playoff title game on Monday night. Sure, you can watch the game on plain old ESPN at 8:30 p.m. EST, but the network once again will flex its production muscles with a number of other ways to watch. Here’s the breakdown.
(All of this programming will be available online at WatchESPN.)
ESPN: The main broadcast, with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit on the call and Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi roaming the sidelines.
ESPN2: Brian Griese and Chris Spielman plus a number of guests will break down the action from “a film room equipped with multiple camera angles, clicker technology and telestration,” ESPN says.
ESPNews: Some ESPN names you normally wouldn’t associate with college football Teddy Atlas and Jay Bilas, for starters will gather in a living room-type setting to give their take on the game as it happens. This is usually either fun or full of uncomfortable silences.
ESPNU: Joe Tessitore will moderate a “homers telecast” featuring former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and former Alabama center Barrett Jones, who will be anything but objective. Other partisan guests are promised, as well.
SEC Network: Paul Finebaum, Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland and Marcus Spears break down the game with an SEC slant. They’ll take calls from viewers, so expect 200 people calling for Saban to be fired if Alabama loses.
ESPN Classic: The game, minus the announcers. Everything else will be mic’d up, though. It’s an attempt to simulate actually being at the game.
ESPN Goal Line: “Features a full-time split screen application showing the live game action, along with immediate replays of every play, isolated camera feeds of both head coaches, enhanced statistics, real time drive charts and the ESPN Radio broadcast,” the network says.
ESPN Deportes: The Spanish-language call of the game.
ESPN3: A re-creation of the replay booth, purportedly to give a look at which calls are deemed worthy of replay and how replays are judged. This is either going to be fascinating or lame.
ESPN3: Pylon Cam! Eight of them, stationed at the goal lines plus the back lines in the end zone.
ESPN3: The radio broadcast from each school will be available online.
ESPN3: Full-time graphics featuring “analytics, real time drive charts, win probability updates, curated social media reaction and more.”
ESPN3: Spider Cam, with nothing but shots from the camera that zooms around above the field of play.
ESPN3: Student section cam, which is exactly like it sounds. Hope everyone is on their best behav. . .HEY GET DOWN FROM THERE!