LHN To Air Longhorns’ Season Opener

Longhorn Network - February 28, 2014

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Officials with ESPN and the Longhorn Network announced this week that the Longhorn Network will air the season opener for the Longhorns’ 2014 football season.

The Longhorns will face off against the North Texas Eagles to open the team’s season. The game is scheduled to be broadcast live on Saturday, August 30th at 8 ET/7 CT. It will be the fourth year in a row that the Longhorn Network has aired the Longhorns’ season opener and the ninth game to air live on the LHN. To top it all off, the matchup will be the debut of Texas’ new head coach Charlie Strong.

LHN’s Texas GameDay will return this year, too. The weekly pre-game broadcast is scheduled to begin at 6 ET/5 CT. It will broadcast live from its set at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The post-game Texas GameDay Final powered by Chevy Silverado will immediately follow the game.

The Longhorn Network is available on AT&T’s U-Verse TV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS TV as well as Bay City CableVision, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Consolidated Communications, Cox Communications, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications, Grande Communications, Google Fiber (in Kansas City), Mid-Coast CableVision and Texas Mid-Gulf CableVision. Current U.S.-based military personnel can also access the Longhorn Network free of cost via all computers and mobile internet platforms connected to on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks. Current U.S.-based military personnel with affiliated video subscription can also access the LHN via tablets and smartphones.

More information on the Longhorn Network is available online now at http://www.LongHornNetwork.com, http://www.facebook.com/longhornnetwork, and http://twitter.com/LongHornNetwork. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

President Obama To Appear On The Herd With Colin Cowherd This Morning

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ESPN’s Colin Cowherd will play host to the Commander in Chief this morning.

President Barack Obama will make a special appearance on ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd this morning at 11am ET/8am PT.  The broadcast will be simulcast on ESPNU.  President Obama will discuss his bracket for this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, paying college athletes, and “one and done” in college basketball.

President Obama filled out his bracket predictions for both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I Basketball tournaments in an ESPN exclusive this week.  He was joined by ESPN’s Andy Katz and Rebecca Lobo for the exclusive.  President Obama has Arizona, Florida, Louisville, and Michigan State in the Men’s Final Four with Michigan State winning it all.  On the women’s side, President Obama chose Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, and Stanford making it to the Final Four.

The Herd with Colin Cowherd airs M – F from 10am – 1pm ET on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, the ESPN Radio app, Sirius XM, and is simulcast on ESPNU.

More information on today’s broadcast is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPNTheHerd and http://espn.go.com/espnradio/show?showId=theherd.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Family Of Networks Covering Entire Men’s 2014 NIT

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The 77th annual National Invitation Tournament (NIT) tips off tonight and the ESPN family of networks will have exclusive coverage of the entire tournament.

Every game of the annual NIT will be carried across the ESPN family of networks and online on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.  Round One tips off tonight at 7pm with games on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.  The Mountaineers of West Virginia will take on the Georgetown Hoyas on ESPN, while the Florida State Seminoles will face Florida Gulf Coast on ESPN2.  The third of the 7pm games sees Robert Morris on the road against St. John’s on ESPNU.  St. John’s is making a record 30th appearance in this year’s NIT and is one of six teams in this year’s tournament that also made an appearance in the 2013 NIT.  The other five teams on that list are: Florida State, Indiana State, Louisiana Tech, Robert Morris, and Southern Miss.

Illinois and Boston University lead off coverage of Day Two at 7pm on ESPN2 with Iona and Louisiana Tech following at 7:30pm on ESPN3 at 7:30pm ET.  Florida Gulf Coast reached the NCAA Tournament’s “Sweet Sixteen” round in 2013.  This year marks the first time that the school will play in the NIT.  It is one of three schools that will make its first ever appearance in the NIT this year.  The other two schools making their first appearance in the NIT this year are High Point and Utah Valley.

Round Two of the NIT is March 20th – 24th.  Quarterfinals are scheduled for March 25th – 26th.  Semifinals are April 1st and the NIT Championship follows April 3rd.

The complete NIT First Round coverage schedule is listed below.

2014 NIT First Round Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, March 18 7 p.m. NIT First Round: West Virginia at Georgetown
Mike Patrick & Dan Dakich
ESPN
7 p.m. NIT First Round: Florida Gulf Coast at Florida State
Mark Jones & Darrin Horn
ESPN2
7 p.m. NIT First Round: Robert Morris at St. John’s
Dave Pasch & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
8:15 p.m. NIT First Round: High Point at Minnesota
Clay Matvick & Mark Wise
ESPN3
8:15 p.m. NIT First Round: Belmont at Green Bay
Jim Barbar & Sean Harrington
ESPN3
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Indiana State at Arkansas
Brad Nessler & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Davidson at Missouri
Bob Wischusen & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPN2
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Georgia State at Clemson
Tom Hart & Bob Valvano
ESPNU
11 p.m. NIT First Round: Utah at St. Mary’s
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPN2
Wed, March 19 7 p.m. NIT First Round: Illinois at Boston University
Sean McDonough & Tim Welsh
ESPN2
7:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Iona at Louisiana Tech
Brett Dolan & Daymeon Fishback
ESPN3
8 p.m. NIT First Round: Vermont at Georgia
Joe Davis & Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
8:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Toledo at Southern Miss
Roy Philpott & Joe Dean
ESPN3
9 p.m. NIT First Round: UC Irvine at SMU
John Saunders & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
10 p.m. NIT First Round: LSU at San Francisco
Roxy Bernstein & Bill Walton
ESPNU
10:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Utah Valley at California
Trey Bender & Jon Crispin
ESPN3

 

More information on the ESPN family of networks’ coverage of the NIT is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPNCollegeBasketball and http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

SEC Network To Air First Three Rounds Of SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament Beginning In 2015

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Courtesy: ESPN/SEC Network/DISH

Officials with ESPN and the soon-to-be launched SEC Network announced Friday that the network, dedicated to Southeastern Conference sports, will exclusively air the first three rounds of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament beginning in 2015.  The announcement means that 2015 would be the first time that the entire SEC Tournament would be televised in its entirety.  SEC Commissioner Mike Slive discussed the announcement with reporters.  “This is an example of the in-depth basketball coverage the SEC Network will give fans across the country,” he said.  “From November 14 through early March, fans will be able to turn to the SEC Network to follow their favorite SEC basketball teams.”

The SEC Network is a multiplatform network.  It will launch Thursday, August 14th and will present more than 100 men’s SEC basketball games each year.  Men’s SEC Basketball coverage will debut Friday, November 14th, 2014.  It all starts with a double header featuring a matchup of Kentucky and current #1 Florida*in one of the two games.  More scheduling news for men’s SEC Basketball games will be announced at later dates.  In all, the SEC Network will have no fewer than eight exclusive appearances by each of the SEC’s men’s basketball teams in its debut season.  Justin Connolly, ESPN Senior VP of College Networks expanded on the matter.  “The SEC Network will provide more coverage of SEC men’s basketball than ever before,” he said.  “From the season’s opening night through the first three rounds of the SEC tournament, we’ll surround SEC basketball fans with great action all season long.”

*reflects ranking as of March 14, 2014

More information on the SEC Network is available online at http://www.facebook.com/SECNetwork and http://getsecnetwork.com.  More information on ESPN’s college basketball coverage is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPNCollegeBasketball and http://espn.go.com/mens’college-basketball.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN, DISH Reach New Deal For Longhorn Network Broadcast Rights

Longhorn Network - February 28, 2014

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Fans of the Texas Longhorns have another reason to be happy this morning.  That’s because a new deal between ESPN and Dish Network will allow DISH to carry the Longhorn Network to fans across the country.  It’s just one part of a much bigger deal announced this week between DISH and the Walt Disney company.  The new deal between ESPN and DISH more than doubles LHN’s national distribution.  According to terms of the deal, The Longhorn Network will be available to DISH customers on the America’s Top 120+ and higher packages beginning later this Summer.    Audiences will be able to get information on where LHN will be on their carrier later this year online at http://www.dish.com.

The expanded television coverage of the Longhorn Network is just one positive of the new deal between DISH and ESPN.  LHN fans that receive the network as part of their satellite service will also be able to get live coverage online at home and via mobile internet on their computers and iOS devices.

Justin Connolly, Senior VP of college networks, was positive in his comments about the announcement.  “This agreement with DISH presents a tremendous opportunity to bring Longhorn Network’s robust content offerings to Texas fans across the country,” he said.

ESPN’s deal with UT to broadcast the Longhorn Network, which originally debuted in 2011, lasts for twenty years.  Steve Patterson, University of Texas Athletics Director, shared his thoughts on the extended agreement and other topics in an interview.  “We are excited to have DISH join the growing list of LHN providers,” he said.  “UT fans nationwide will now have access to this award-winning network that does such a great job in covering our university’s sports and academics programs. As we have said from day one, this is a long-term commitment and we are very proud of our partnership with ESPN.”

Dave Shull, DISH Executive VP and CCO also shared his thoughts on the brand new deal.  “DISH is the best place for college sports fans to follow the teams they love,” he said.  “ESPN has a long tradition of delivering the best in sports, and we are proud to be the first nationwide television provider of the Longhorn Network.”

More information on this new deal between ESPN and DISH is available online at http://espn.go.com and http://www.facebook.com/ESPN.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN To Premiere FCS Kickoff August 23rd

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The 2014 college football season is still months away.  But ESPN announced this week that it will debut a new college football program this Fall.

Eastern Washington will host Sam Houston State University in the first broadcast of FCS Kickoff for the 2014 college football season.  The game will be broadcast on Saturday, August 23rd at 3:30pm ET on ESPN.  Eastern Washington fell to Sam Houston State 49 – 34 in the 2013 season.  The loss was Eastern Washington’s only loss to an FCS opponent in the 2013 season.  Both teams are expected to be included in the 2014 preseason FCS Coaches Top 25 poll.

The matchup between Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington will be only the first of many more games to come in ESPN’s FCS Kickoff.  AS Brent Colborne, ESPN Director of Programming and Acquisitions noted in an interview, “FCS conferences and member institutions are an important part of the overall fabric of collegiate athletics and ESPN’s programming schedule.  We regularly talk with our league partners on opportunities for increased exposure and expansion of our content offerings. The FCS Kickoff is one result that will further showcase the quality and depth of FCS football to our national audience.”

Updates on ESPN’s FCS broadcast schedule will be available online at http://espn.go.com and http://www.facebook.com/ESPN throughout the year.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Announces Biggest Broadcast Schedule Ever For 2014 College Softball Season

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ESPN announced today, its broadcast coverage schedule for the 2014 college softball season.  This season’s broadcast schedule is the most expansive from the Worldwide Leader in Sports.  This season, audiences will be able to catch no fewer than forty regular season college softball games across the ESPN family of networks.  Another forty will be broadcast on ESPN3 later this season.  Those games will be announced at a later date.  Also included in this year’s broadcast schedule will be no fewer than five college softball championships and the entire SEC tournament.  The championship matches scheduled to be broadcast will be for the SEC, ACC, Big South, SWAC, and AAC conference titles.  It all begins with preseason Number 1 Tennessee hosting South Carolina on Sunday, March 23rd at 2:30pm on ESPNU.

The end of the regular season doesn’t mean the end of ESPN’s coverage of college softball.  ESPN and the ESPN family of networks will have regional round coverage, full coverage of the super regionals, and NCAA Women’s World Series.

The number of college softball games covered this year by ESPN and the ESPN family of networks is just one landmark.  Among that total eighty games to be broadcast, the ESPN family of networks will also carry a record seventeen matchups featuring two ranked teams.  This includes a matchup of #10 Texas at #2 Oklahoma on Thursday, April 17th on ESPN2.  The Sooners will also be on the road Saturday, April 12th to face #16 Baylor. That game will be broadcast on ESPN.  Along with its matchup against the Gamecocks, ESPN is scheduled to carry The Volunteers’ matchups against #11 Texas A&M on Friday, April 11th and Sunday, April 13th.

Twelve of the eighty total games scheduled to air across the ESPN family of networks will feature a top five team in the ESPN.com/USA preseason Top 25 games.  Twenty-seven of the games will feature an overall ranked team.

If the number of games scheduled to be broadcast and the teams to be featured isn’t enough for audiences, the staff of analysts set to cover the games will impress viewers.  Each analyst—Jessica Mendoza, Jennie Finch, Amanda Scarborough, Cheri Kempf, and Michele Smith—is a multi-time collegiate All-American.  Three of the analysts—Finch, Mendoza, and Smith—combine for six total Olympic medals, including four gold.  Joining the staff for play-by-play commentary will be Beth Mowins, Pam Ward, Cara Capuano, Adam Amin, Holly Rowe, and Mark Neely.  The current schedule of college softball games to be broadcast across the ESPN family of networks is listed below.  Dates are subject to change.

2014 ESPN NCAA Softball Television Schedule (subject to change)

 

Date Time Matchup Network
Sun, March 23 2:30 p.m. South Carolina vs. #1 Tennessee ESPNU
  7 p.m. #10 Texas at #16 Baylor ESPNU
Mon, March 31 6 p.m. # 12 Florida State at UNC ESPNU
Fri, April 4 9 p.m. Arkansas at #6 Alabama ESPNU
Sat, April 5 5 p.m. Auburn at #3 Florida ESPNU
Sun, April 6 3 p.m. Arkansas at #6 Alabama ESPN
Thu, April 10 11 p.m. #5 Washington at #20 Stanford ESPNU
Fri, April 11 8 p.m. #1 Tennessee at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Sat, April 12 3 p.m. #2 Oklahoma at #16 Baylor ESPN
Sat, April 12 10 p.m. #5 Washington at #20 Stanford ESPN2
Sun, April 13 1 p.m. #1 Tennessee at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Mon, April 14 7 p.m. #12 Florida State at Notre Dame ESPNU
Wed, April 16 7 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
  9:30 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
Thu, April 17 9 p.m. #10 Texas at # 2 Oklahoma ESPN2
Fri, April 18 8 p.m. #3 Florida at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Sat, April 19 4 p.m. #19 LSU at South Carolina ESPNU
  6 p.m. #3 Florida at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Sun, April 20 3 p.m. Syracuse at #12 Florida State ESPNU
Thu, April 24 8 p.m. #21 Georgia at # 6 Alabama ESPN
Fri, April 25 10 p.m. # 8 Oregon at #20 Stanford ESPNU
Sat, April 26 12 p.m. #21 Georgia at # 6 Alabama ESPNU
Mon, April 28 7 p.m. Maryland at Notre Dame ESPNU
Thu, May 1 8 p.m. # 6 Alabama at # 17 Missouri ESPN
Sat, May 3 2 p.m. # 6 Alabama at # 17 Missouri ESPNU
  4 p.m. # 14 Kentucky at #21 Georgia ESPNU
  6 p.m. #20 Stanford at #13 UCLA ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. #3 Florida at Arkansas ESPN
Sun, May 4 1 p.m. #3 Florida at Arkansas ESPN
  3 p.m. #20 Stanford at #13 UCLA ESPN

 

2014 ESPN NCAA Conference Championship (subject to change)

Wed, May 7 4 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Play-In Game No. 1 ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Play-In Game No. 2 ESPNU
Thu, May 8 11 a.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 1 ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 2 ESPNU
  4 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 3 ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 4 ESPNU
Fri, May 9 3 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Semifinal No. 1 ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Semifinal No. 2 ESPNU
Sat, May 10 2 p.m. ACC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. American Softball Tournament – Championship ESPNEWS
  8 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN2
  10 p.m. SWAC Softball Tournament – Championship* ESPNU
Sun, May 11 Noon Big South Softball Tournament – Championship ESPNU

*Live on ESPN 3 at 3:00 p.m.; taped delayed on ESPNU

 

More information on the ESPN family of networks coverage of the 2014 college softball season is available online at http://www.espn.com and http://www.facebook.com/espn.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Announces Preliminary 2014 ACC FootballBroadcast Schedule

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The 2013-2014 college football season just recently wrapped.  But as many will note, it’s never too early or late to talk football.  Keeping that in mind, ESPN has announced the early details for coverage of its 2014 ACC Football schedule.  The upcoming schedule includes a prime time game on Labor Day, five Thursday night games, and three on Fridays this coming Fall.  More games will be announced as the 2014-2015 ACC season nears.

ESPN’s 2014 ACC college football coverage kicks off fittingly with Louisville (in its ACC debut) taking on Miami (Fla.).  The game is scheduled for an 8pm kickoff, Monday, September1st.  The Labor Day showdown marks the second consecutive year that a new ACC member school will make its debut in the conference’s leading Monday showdown.  Last year, new member Pittsburgh fell in its Labor Day debut to eventual NCAA college football champion Florida State.  Louisville has weathered “The U” in the two schools last two meetings, including a 36-9 manhandling of the Hurricanes in the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl and an equally sound 31-7 thrashing of Miami in the teams’ last regular season meeting in 2006.

ESPN’s ESPN College Football Primetime, which broadcasts every Thursday night, will include five ACC matchups in the upcoming season.  Two of those games will feature the Virginia Tech Hokies.  The Hokies have played more Thursday night games—27 to be exact—than any other program.  And that streak continues in the 2014 season with matchups against Pittsburgh on October 16th and Miami (Fla.) on October 23rd.  Along with its ongoing streak, Virginia Tech has also played at least one Thursday night game each year since 2002.  That is the longest streak among every team.

The third of the currently announced slate of Thursday night broadcasts will see Louisville taking on defending National Champion Florida State on Thursday, October 30th.  Clemson will face the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest on November 6th for the fourth of ESPN’s current slate of Thursday night ACC broadcasts.  The fifth of the first slate of games will see Duke taking on in-state rival North Carolina on November 20th.  Both teams are coming off of winning seasons in the 2013-2014 ACC season.  Duke’s Coach Cutcliffe brought the Blue Devils to a surprising 10-4 record and an appearance in the Chic-Fil-A Bowl.  North Carolina made its appearance at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, defeating the University of Cincinnati.

ESPN’s current Friday ACC broadcast schedule includes games between Boston College and Pittsburgh (September 5th), Louisville at Syracuse (October3rd), and Virginia at Virginia Tech on Black Friday, November28th.  The current schedule of ACC games across the ESPN Family of networks is listed below.

The 2014 ACC Labor Day, Thursday and Friday schedule (additional selections to be announced):

 

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Mon, Sep 1 8 p.m. Miami (Fla.) at Louisville ESPN
Fri, Sep 5 TBD Pittsburgh at Boston College ESPN or ESPN2
Fri, Oct 3 TBD Louisville at Syracuse ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Oct 16 TBD Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh ESPN
Thu, Oct 23 TBD Miami (Fla.) at Virginia Tech ESPN
Thu, Oct 30 TBD Florida State at Louisville ESPN
Thu, Nov 6 TBD Clemson at Wake Forest ESPN
Thu, Nov 20 TBD North Carolina at Duke ESPN
Fri, Nov 28 TBD Virginia at Virginia Tech TBD

 

More information and updates on ESPN’s ACC football schedule for 2014 is available online at http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN, http://espn.go.com/ncf/index and http://twitter.com/espncfb.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

NDSU, Towson Face Off In Annual FCS Championship

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Courtesy: ESPN

College football’s bowl championship series is in full swing right now.  The Sugar Bowl wrapped up last night.  And the big game, the NCAA Division I Championship is scheduled to take place Monday night.  It’s not the only championship coming up, though.  ESPN2 will broadcast the annual FCS Championship tomorrow, January 4th at 2pm ET.  Top ranked North Dakota State will take on Number Seven Towson for the FCS title.  This year’s game will be broadcast live from Frisco, Texas.

Anish Shroff will call tomorrow’s FCS Championship broadcast for ESPN.  Analyst Kelly Stouffer and reporter Cara Capuano will join Shroff for the broadcast.  This year marks the third consecutive year that North Dakota State University has made it to the FCS Championship.  On the opposite side, this year’s appearance in the title game is the first for Towson in the program’s history.

More information on the FCS Championship and all things college football is available online at http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN, http://espn.go.com/ncf/index, and http://twitter.com/espncfb.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN College Football Analysts Announce Picks For BCS Bowls

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Courtesy: ESPN

The holiday season is said to be the most wonderful time of the year.  For college football fans, it’s not Christmas, but the days after that are the most wonderful time of the year.  That’s because the biggest games of the college football season are played in the days after Christmas.  And fans can catch all of the action across the ESPN family of networks and online.  It all starts off New Year’s Day with the 100th Rose Bowl and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  Number Four Michigan State will face off against Number Five Stanford in the Rose Bowl presented by Vizio at 5pm.  Number Six Baylor and Number Fifteen UCF follow at 8:30pm in the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The new year football celebrations continue Thursday, January 2nd with a matchup of Number Three Alabama taking on Number Eleven Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.  That game is slated for an 8:30pm start time.  The Discover Orange Bowl follows the next night at 8:30pm with Number Twelve Clemson taking on Number Seven Ohio State.  That games is also set for an 8:30pm kickoff.  Wrapping up the week of football festivities is the Vizio BCS National Championship next Monday, January 6th.  The one-loss Auburn Tigers will take on the undefeated Florida State Seminoles in college football’s biggest game.

As college football fans across the country get ready for their most wonderful time of the year, ESPN’s college football analysts have made their own predictions as to the winner of each game.  Their picks are listed below.  It should be noted that the analysts in question did not pick the games that they are calling.

ESPN Analysts BCS Picks

Analyst Rose Bowl

#STANvsMSU

Fiesta Bowl

#UCFvsBAY

Sugar Bowl

#OUvsBAMA

Orange Bowl

#CLEMvsOSU

Championship

#FSUvsAUB

Anthony Becht Stanford UCF Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Mike Bellotti Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Kevin Carter Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Todd Blackledge Stanford Baylor Clemson
Ed Cunningham Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Joey Galloway Michigan State Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Rod Gilmore Stanford Alabama Ohio State Auburn
Brian Griese Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Brock Huard Michigan State Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Danny Kanell Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Tom Luginbill Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Auburn
Brett McMurphy Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Florida State
Jesse Palmer Stanford Baylor Alabama Ohio State Florida State
Chris Spielman Michigan State Alabama Florida State
Matt Stinchcomb Stanford Baylor Alabama Clemson Auburn
Andre Ware Michigan State

 

More information on all of the week’s upcoming BCS games is available online at http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN, http://espn.go.com/ncf/index, and http://twitter.com/espncfb.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.