|Mon, Jan 11, 2016
University of Phoenix Stadium (63,400)
|7:30 PM CT
13-1, 7-1 SEC
14-0, 8-0 ACC
This is it. Your last taste of college football for eight months is tonight, when we finally determine the best team in college football, even though someone somewhere is still convinced it's Ohio State or something. Sports, man.
The game: The Alabama Crimson Tide face the Clemson Tigers in the 2015-16 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Alabama leads the all-time series with Clemson 12-3; Clemson won the first three meetings, and Alabama's won the last 12. The last time they met was not at the end of a season but the beginning, as the Tide earned a 34-10 victory in Atlanta in 2008 on the way to a perfect regular season.
Odds: Alabama is a 7 point favorite, and the over/under is 50.5. So Vegas is looking for 29-22 Bama.
Tickets: Yeah, right.
Television: The main option is ESPN at 7:30 CT with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox, and Tom Rinaldi. But this is the big one, so there's more. Much more. The links are to the WatchESPN/ESPN3 streaming feed of each version of the broadcast.
ESPN2 - Film Room: Brian Griese and Chris Spielman host an in-depth analysis broadcast.
ESPNNews - Voices: Teddy Atlas, Michelle Beadle, Jay Bilas, Taylor Twellman and Marcellus Wiley sit and watch the game and just talk. This seems weird, but last year's edition was great entertainment. (We recommend you DVR it, though.)
ESPNU - Homers: This is a regular broadcast of the game, except with Joe Tessitore on play-by-play joined by former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and former Alabama center Barrett Jones, both of whom are being encouraged to be as unbiased as they want to be. This might be worth a DVR slot too.
SEC Network - Finebaum Film Room: Paul Finebaum is joined by Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland, and Marcus Spears in what's basically a talk radio version of the game, with call-ins and everything. Not for the faint of heart.
ESPN Classic - Sounds of the Game: The main broadcast with no commentary and extra audio from field level.
ESPN GoalLine - Command Center: split-screen presentation of game action, stats, isolated coaches shots, drive charts, and more, with the ESPN Radio broadcast audio.
ESPN Deportes - Spanish-language broadcast with Lalo Varela, Pablo Viruega, Bernardo Osuna, and Carlos Nava.
Radio: ESPN Radio affiliates, with Mike Tirico, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe. In and around Alabama, the Crimson Tide Sports Network carries the game with Eli Gold, Phil Savage, and Chris Stewart; this feed appears to be the feed which will be carried on Sirius 80/XM 80. In and around South Carolina, Don Munson, Rodney Williams, and Patrick Sapp have the call on the Clemson Radio Network.
Online: Video streaming of the primary broadcast via WatchESPN, with the supplementary broadcasts linked above. Audio streaming is only available with the synchronized Home Town Radio presentation, with each team's version providing game action and specialized video catering to the hometown crowd. Those feeds carry the Alabama and Clemson radio broadcast teams, and are available only on ESPN3.
ESPN3 will also carry several other online-only feeds:
Mock Replay Booth, which is, well, a mock replay booth. You'll be able to see how the review process actually happens.
Pylon Cam, a continuous feed from the pylon cams at both goal lines and back lines.
Data Center, which will be much like the Command Center on ESPN GoalLine but without game action and with more data.
Spider-Cam, a continous feed of the above-field Spider-Cam. Grab some dramamine.
Taco Bell Student Section, which will be focused in the crowd on the respective student sections and any antics which might be going on there.
Buckle up, football fans. It's time to get it on.