SEC Network Cotton Bowl Coverage Plans Includes Alternate Game View

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SEC Network Cotton Bowl Coverage Plans Includes Alternate Game View

Finebaum Film Room Returns with addition of guest analyst Gary Pinkel

SEC Network is onsite delivering 12-hours of live coverage from Arlington, Texas, surrounding Alabama’s appearance in the 2015 College Football Playoff semifinal game.  The network will surround the Michigan State vs. Alabama matchup with pre- and post-game insights and interviews, highlighted by an alternate viewing option during the game – the return of Finebaum Film Room.

Coverage begins on Tuesday, Dec. 29 with Cotton Bowl press conferences, then on Wednesday, Dec. 30 The Paul Finebaum Show* and SEC Now are both live from the sidelines in Arlington. On New Year’s Eve SEC Nation will provide pregame coverage, airing live both in the morning and then again an hour before kickoff. Throughout the day SEC Network reflects the Crimson Tide’s road to the semifinal with a series of games in “Best of Alabama Presented by Regions”. Wisconsin, LSU and Florida wins this season will all be featured.

In addition to ESPN’s coverage ( of the game of the game, the Finebaum Film Room returns to SEC Network as an alternate viewing option.  Viewers can watch the game live with Paul Finebaum and SEC Network analysts Greg McElroy and Booger McFarland. Former Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel will join as a guest analyst, contributing to multiple shows. Pinkel was teammates with Alabama head coach Nick Saban. He also contributed to SEC Network’s coverage of the Southeastern Conference Football Championship.

Similar to previous Finebaum Film Room alternate views (2014 Iron Bowl and 2014 Sugar Bowl) the show is highlighted with the inclusion of live reaction to the game from callers across the country.

SEC Now will return immediately following the Cotton Bowl with post-game coverage.

Date Time (ET) Program
Tue, Dec. 29 11 a.m. SEC Now: Goodyear Cotton Bowl  Press Conference
Wed, Dec. 30 3 p.m. The Paul Finebaum Show (till 4:30)
4:30 p.m. The Paul Finebaum Show*
11 p.m. SEC Now Presented by Allstate
Thu, Dec. 31
(New Year’s Eve)
10 a.m. SEC Nation Presented by Dr Pepper
Noon Wisconsin vs. Alabama (Sept. 5)
2:30 p.m. LSU vs. Alabama (Nov. 7
5 p.m. 2015 SEC Championship Game: Florida vs. Alabama (Dec. 5)
7 p.m. SEC Nation Presented by Dr Pepper
8 p.m. Finebaum Film Room: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
11:30 p.m. SEC Now Presented by Ball Park Flame Grilled Jerky

*airing on SEC Network Alternate


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Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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