New Year’s Six is drawing close, and ESPN plans to deliver its most extensive presentation to date.

What’s happening:

  • ESPN has announced that this year’s New Year’s Six presentation will be its most extensive ever.
  • The network is re-igniting it MegaCast production with an impressive 12 presentations so fans can fully experience Semifinal Saturday.
  • New this year, ESPN2 has been added as a viewing option, along with multiple ESPN3 streams for select games.
  • All the MegaCast and alternate viewing options for the New Year’s Six will be available on the ESPN App.
  • The traditional telecast will air on ESPN, with up to a dozen alternate presentations featuring:
    • Real-time analytics
    • Statistical analysis
    • Live discussion by head coaches
    • Alternate camera angles
    • Spanish-language television and radio commentary
    • Hometown radio calls of the game paired with the ESPN telecast.

When to Watch:

  • Saturday, December 29
    • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (noon) (ESPN2, ESPN3)
    • Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic featuring No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (4 pm ET)
    • Capital One Orange Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma (8 pm)
  • Tuesday, January 1 (ESPN2 and ESPN3)
    • PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (1 pm)
    • Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual (5 pm)
    • Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:45 pm)

Fun Facts:

  • ESPN will station more than 50 cameras inside AT&T Stadium (Cotton Bowl) and Hard Rock Stadium (Orange Bowl). The RefCam will also make its CFP debut. This unique camera is affixed to the bill of two referees’ hats, providing a similar view as the refs’ line of sight.
  • Additional production elements will be used this year including:
    • Goal Line Pylon Cams: Four cameras in each of the four pylons wired in along the two goal lines
    • Line-to-Gain Pylon Cams: Wireless camera systems built into two movable pylons and repositioned throughout the game by the chain crew.
  • The CFP Semifinals MegaCast will be showcased across:
    • ESPN2
    • ESPNEWS
    • ESPN Goal Line
    • ESPN Deportes
    • ESPN3
    • ESPN Radio
    • ESPN Deportes Radio.
    • SEC Network will have a presentation for the Orange Bowl.

New Year’s Six Announcers and Hosts:

  • Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit on Capital One Orange Bowl: Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl, their fifth semifinal together and the only play-by-play commentator and analyst duo to call a CFP Semifinal in every year of the system.
  • Maria Taylor on Alabama: Maria Taylor will be assigned to the Crimson Tide. This is her consecutive year working a CFP Semifinal
  • Laura Rutledge on Sooners: Laura Rutledge will be assigned to the Sooners. It’s her second consecutive year working a CFP Semifinal.
  • Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge at Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Sean McDonough makes his College Football Playoff television debut when the accomplished broadcaster calls the CFP Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic, joining Todd Blackledge in the booth.
  • Rowe Reports on Clemson: Veteran reporter Holly Rowe will be assigned to the Tigers and will report from Arlington. This is her fifth consecutive CFP Semifinal.
  • Rinaldi on Notre Dame: Veteran reporter Tom Rinaldi will be assigned to Fighting Irish and will report from Arlington. This is his fifth consecutive CFP Semifinal.
 
 

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