ESPN Player to deliver live and on-demand coverage of US College Football Playoff, launches week’s free access with Festive Pass
- Subscribers can access coverage of NCAA Football post-season, including more than 30 Bowl Games
- New Festive Pass will make live streaming service free to all from 19th to 26thDecember, including 16 live Bowl Games
- ESPN Player available online, on iPad and on Samsung Smart TVs
ESPN Player will deliver live and on-demand coverage of the culmination to the NCAA College Football season as the College Football Playoff takes place to decide the national champion. In addition, ESPN Player is launching a first-ever Festive Pass, which will allow free access to the service between 19thand 26th December. The offer means fans can enjoy all of ESPN Player’s NCAA content for a week, including 16 Bowl games.
The College Football Playoff (CFP) features the nation’s top four teams, as they compete to reach the National Championship game in two semi-finals on New Year’s Eve. The teams, chosen by an expert selection committee, are: number one seed Clemson, who completed the season unbeaten; number two seed Alabama, number three seed Michigan State and number four seed Oklahoma.
Clemson and Oklahoma will face off in the Orange Bowl semi-final, which kicks off at 9pm UK time, while Michigan State will take on Alabama in the Cotton Bowl Classic semi-final at 1am GMT. The winners progress to the National Championship game on Monday 11 January at the 63,000-capacity University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.
Those games, and more than 35 other Bowl games, will all be covered live on ESPN Player. The three-week-long Bowl Season kicks off with five games on Saturday 19th December and continues into the New Year. The full Bowl Season line-up is available here.
ESPN Player will bring subscribers comprehensive coverage throughout, including ESPN’s acclaimed and award-winning pre-game show, ESPN College Gameday, bringing authentic build-up and insight into the biggest games direct from the US.
The semi-final between Clemson and Oklahoma will feature two quarterbacks who were in the running for the 2015 Heisman Trophy for the nation’s best collegiate football player. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson scored three touchdowns and rushed for another two as the Tigers beat North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game to confirm their top ranking in the College Football Playoff. Baker Mayfield has scored 35 touchdowns for Oklahoma this season as the Sooners have lost just once.
Michigan State v Alabama will give fans the chance to see Heisman winner Derrick Henry in action – the running back has led the nation in rushing, racking up 1,986 yards this season. Alabama will be favourites having won three national titles in the last six years, but Michigan State have upset the odds multiple times this season, most recently beating undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten conference championship to secure their place in the playoff.
Visit ESPNPlayer.com for more information and to subscribe to NCAA Pass, subscriptions start from £8.99.