NCAA FOOTBALL BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES LIVE & ON-DEMAND WITH ESPN PLAYER

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NCAA FOOTBALL BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES LIVE & ON-DEMAND WITH ESPN PLAYER

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• BCS National Championship Game between Florida State and Auburn live on ESPN Player
• Extensive coverage of five BCS Games and 28 other Bowl Games in 2½ weeks
• Comprehensive editorial and analysis via ESPN.com

ESPN’s live and on-demand sports streaming service, ESPN Player.com, continues its extensive coverage of NCAA Football as it brings sport fans the climax to the US College season. The coverage will feature 33 Bowl Games, including the five Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games, starting on December 21st with the New Mexico Bowl at 7pm GMT and running through to the BCS National Championship Game on January 6th between Florida State and Auburn at 1:30am GMT.

ESPN Player is available online, on iPad and on Samsung and LG smart televisions in more than 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Subscriptions to ESPN Player’s College Pass have increased 16% over last season, while total minutes of viewing have increased 44% in the same period.

bscCollege football fans can see all of the action on ESPN Player, as it gives fans the ability to pause and rewind on-demand events, allowing them to scroll to any part of the game they may have missed, review a great play with the 10-second rewind button, or return the start of the game with a single click.

Each year, the NCAA Football season builds from September to its conclusion with the BCS National Championship Game, which is live on ESPN Player on Monday January 6th.

This year is the final BCS National Championship Game under the current structure before the introduction next year of new NCAA College Football Playoff begins next season. This year’s game will feature top-ranked and two-time National Champions Florida State, who have gone unbeaten throughout the season (13-0). The Seminoles are led by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston – the freshman quarterback will hope to make it a double celebration with the BCS Championship game taking place on his 20th birthday. They will face second-ranked Auburn, the 2010 national champions, who ended the season with a 12-1 record. To earn their second appearance in the National Championship game in four years, the Tigers defeated then top-ranked (and two-time defending National Champion) Alabama — courtesy of a dramatic missed field goal attempt that was returned 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game.

UK fans will also be able to follow two British born players as offensive lineman Jason Osei, from London, features in the prestigious Tostitos Fiesta Bowl where his sixth-ranked Baylor Bears face 15th-ranked University of Central Florida (UCF) on New Year’s Day. Tavistock native Elliot Hoyte will play defensive lineman for Boise State against Oregon State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on December 24th.

The four BCS Bowl games begin on New Year’s Day with the Rose Bowl (Stanford v Michigan State) celebrating its 100th anniversary, followed by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (UCF v Baylor). Thursday January 2nd sees Oklahoma v Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and on Friday January 3rd, the Discover Orange Bowl features Clemson v Ohio State.

In addition to ESPN Player, ESPN.com will feature the most comprehensive editorial coverage with results, interviews, analysis, comment, video and much more, and fans can play along with College Bowl Mania fantasy game.

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The four BCS Bowl games begin on New Year’s Day with the Rose Bowl (Stanford v Michigan State) celebrating its 100th anniversary, followed by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (UCF v Baylor). Thursday January 2nd sees Oklahoma v Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and on Friday January 3rd, the Discover Orange Bowl features Clemson v Ohio State.

In addition to ESPN Player, ESPN.com will feature the most comprehensive editorial coverage with results, interviews, analysis, comment, video and much more, and fans can play along with College Bowl Mania fantasy game.

BCS BOWL GAMES ON ESPN PLAYER

Wednesday 1st Jan 10:00pm 100th Rose Bowl Presented by Vizio Stanford v Michigan State
Wednesday 1st Jan 1:30am Tostitos Fiesta Bowl UCF v Baylor
Thursday 2nd Jan 1:30am Allstate Sugar Bowl Oklahoma v Alabama
Friday 3rd Jan 1:30am Discover Orange Bowl Clemson v Ohio State
Monday 6th Jan 1:30am Allstate BCS National Championship Florida State v Auburn

The college football Bowl Season runs for two and a half weeks, kicking off on Saturday December 21st with a quadruple bill of the New Mexico Bowl, the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on ESPN Player. There will be a total of 33 Bowl Games on ESPN Player over the two and a half weeks, offering live and on-demand access to every one of the match-ups.

HEISMAN FINALISTS IN BOWL GAMES
Following the announcement of the 2013 Heisman Trophy finalists – presented to the season’s outstanding performer – all six nominees, as voted for by the Heisman Trust, feature in bowl games. Last year’s winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, will feature in the Chick fil-A Bowl against Duke and Andre Williams, running back for Boston College, will play against Arizona on December 31st. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch will line up against Utah State on December 26th, before AJ McCarron features in the Sugar Bowl for Alabama as they face Oklahoma on January 2nd. The BCS National Championship game will feature two nominees as this year’s winner, Jameis Winston, lines up against Auburn running back Tre Mason.

COMPLETE BOWL SEASON COVERAGE ON ESPN PLAYER
Saturday 21st Dec 7:00pm New Mexico Bowl Colorado St v Washington St
Saturday 21st Dec 8:30pm Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State v USC
Saturday 21st Dec 10:30pm Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo v San Diego State
Saturday 21st Dec 2:00am New Orleans Bowl Tulane v LA-Lafayette
Monday 23rd Dec 7:00pm St. Petersburg Bowl East Carolina v Ohio
Tuesday 24th Dec 1:00am Hawaii Bowl Boise State v Oregon State
Thursday 26th Dec 11:00pm Little Caesars Bowl Pittsburgh v Bowling Green Thursday 26th Dec 2:30am Poinsettia Bowl Utah State v Northern Illinois
Friday 27th Dec 7:30pm Military Bowl Marshall v Maryland
Friday 27th Dec 11:00pm Texas Bowl Syracuse v Minnesota
Friday 27th Dec 2:30pm Fight Hunger Bowl BYU v Washington
Saturday 28th Dec 5:00pm Pinstripe Bowl Rutgers v Notre Dame
Saturday 28th Dec 8:20pm Belk Bowl Cincinnati v North Carolina
Saturday 28th Dec 11:45pm Russell Athletic Bowl Miami v Louisville
Saturday 28th Dec 3:15am Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Michigan v Kansas State
Monday 30th Dec 4:45pm Armed Forces Bowl Middle Tennessee v Navy
Monday 30th Dec 8:15pm Music City Bowl Ole Miss v Georgia Tech
Monday 30th Dec 11:45pm Alamo Bowl Oregon v Texas
Monday 30th Dec 3:15pm Holiday Bowl Arizona State v Texas Tech
Tuesday 31st Dec 5:30pm AdvoCare V100 Bowl Arizona v Boston College
Tuesday 31st Dec 9:00pm Liberty Bowl Rice v Mississippi State
Tuesday 31st Dec 1:00am Chick-fil-A Bowl Duke v Texas A&M
Wednesday 1st Jan 5:00pm Gator Bowl Nebraska v Georgia
Wednesday 1st Jan 5:00pm Heart of Dallas Bowl UNLV v North Texas
Wednesday 1st Jan 6:00pm Outback Bowl Iowa v LSU
Wednesday 1st Jan 6:00pm Capital One Bowl Wisconsin v South Carolina
Saturday 4th Jan 6:00pm BBVA Compass Bowl Vanderbilt v Houston
Sunday 5th Jan 2:00am GoDaddy.com Bowl Arkansas St v Ball State

*game times all GMT

ESPN Player College Pass gives American collegiate sports fans access to all of the NCAA football coverage, as well as complete coverage of NCAA college basketball (including the NCAA March Madness® Tournament), lacrosse, baseball, ice hockey, football(soccer) and more.

Visit ESPNPlayer.com to for more information and to subscribe to ESPN Player College Pass.

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About ESPN Player
ESPN Player, ESPN’s broadband streaming platform in the UK and Europe, provides sports fans with live and on-demand sports action from the US and Europe online. It joins ESPN’s growing digital portfolio in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, which includes the UK-focused sports portal ESPN.co.uk and online and mobile sites ESPNcricinfo, ESPNFC, ESPNscrum and ESPNF1.

ESPN Player features more than 1500 live events and thousands of hours of live and on-demand sport, including but not limited to:
• US College Football: Hundreds of games from the university gridiron of the US, including regular season, Bowl Games and Bowl Championship Series;
• US College Basketball: Hundreds of games from the hard courts of the USA’s top universities, including the regular season, Championship Week and, for the first time, March Madness
• US College Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Volleyball and more
• X Games – all the live action from Aspen, CO and Austin, TX
• American Le Mans

ESPN Player puts the user in full control of their broadband sports viewing experience. Fans have the ability to pause and rewind on-demand events, giving the viewer the ability to scroll to any part of the game they may have missed, review a great play or goal with the 60-second rewind button, or return the start of the game with a single click. Subscriptions to ESPN Player are available for Daily, Monthly and Annual Passes.

ESPN Player features high quality streaming video. Player also utilises adaptive streaming technology that dynamically adjusts to maximize video quality depending upon a user’s device, connection speed and various other factors.

Costs for ESPN Player College Pass subscription:
• £8.99 for a one-day pass
• £17.99 for a monthly pass
• £99.99 for an annual pass

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