ESPN Commentators Set for New Year’s Six, College Football Playoff Semifinals

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ESPN Commentators Set for New Year’s Six, College Football Playoff Semifinals

ESPN’s postseason college football coverage reaches its peak with the exclusive presentation of the College Football Playoff, kicking off with the Semifinals on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1. The trio of College Football Playoff games will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, with alternate telecasts available across ESPN networks via ESPN’s MegaCast presentation. ESPN Radio will broadcast all three games. In addition, the rest of the New Year’s Six will also be live on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic featuring No. 7 Florida and No. 6 Oklahoma is the first of the New Year’s Six, slated for Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. ET. Joe Tessitore, Dusty Dvoracek and Holly Rowe are set for the call on ESPN, and Brad Sham, Jordan Rodgers and Ian Fitzsimmons will announce the action on ESPN Radio.

New Year’s Day action starts with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, as No. 9 Georgia and No. 8 Cincinnati go head to head in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mark Jones, Dvoracek and Kris Budden will team up for the TV call, while Dave O’Brien and Mike Golic Jr. will be on the headset for the ESPN Radio broadcast.

At 4 p.m., the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One will be live from Arlington, Texas, with a stacked slate of commentators announcing No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay and Allison Williams are set for the ESPN telecast, while the trio of Tessitore, Andre Ware and Rowe will be live on ESPN Radio.

At 8 p.m., the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl pits No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State against one another under the lights of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. ESPN’s lead Saturday Night Football crew of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be joined by Tom Rinaldi in New Orleans on ESPN, and Sean Kelley and Barrett Jones will team up for the ESPN Radio broadcast.

On Saturday, Jan. 2, the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl starts the action as No. 25 Oregon and No. 10 Iowa State kick off on ESPN. Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr. and Quint Kessenich will be on the ESPN call, with Marc Kestecher and Ben Hartsock announcing the action from Glendale on ESPN Radio.

To close out New Year’s Six action, the Capital One Orange Bowl will host No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 13 North Carolina in Hard Rock Stadium. Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Katie George are set for ESPN, with Kelley and Jones announcing their second New Year’s Six on ESPN Radio.

Additional production details surrounding ESPN’s presentation of the College Football Playoff Semifinals and the New Year’s Six will be announced in the coming days. ESPN’s coverage of the 2020-21 college football bowl season kicked off on Monday, Dec. 21, with the inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl in Conway, S.C.

Date Time (ET) Event/Commentators Network
Wed, Dec 30 8 p.m. Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: No. 7 Florida vs. No. 6 Oklahoma
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
TV: Joe Tessitore, Dusty Dvoracek, Holly Rowe
Radio: Brad Sham, Jordan Rodgers, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN/ESPN Radio
Fri, Jan 1 Noon Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 9 Georgia vs. No. 8 Cincinnati
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Ga.
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Kris Budden
Radio: Dave O’Brien, Mike Golic Jr.
ESPN/ESPN Radio
4 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
TV: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Allison Williams
Radio: Joe Tessitore, Andre Ware, Holly Rowe
ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN Radio
8 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor, Tom Rinaldi
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN Radio
Sat, Jan 2 4 p.m. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: No. 25 Oregon vs. No. 10 Iowa State
State Farm Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.
TV: Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr., Quint Kessenich
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock
ESPN/ESPN Radio
8 p.m. Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 5 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 North Carolina
Hard Rock Stadium – Miami, Fla.
TV: Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Katie George
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN/ESPN Radio

Editor’s Note: Updated at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 30

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Amanda Brooks

Amanda is the Communications Manager for college football and SEC Network, and oversees publicity for college gymnastics and track & field across all ESPN networks. Amanda is a proud alum of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and earned her master's in ethics from Vanderbilt University. A native of Kent, Ohio, she is a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan.
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