Commentating Teams Announced for ESPN’s Expansive 41-Game Bowl Schedule, Including Exclusive Coverage of the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six

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Commentating Teams Announced for ESPN’s Expansive 41-Game Bowl Schedule, Including Exclusive Coverage of the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six

ESPN’s industry-leading coverage of the 2021 college football postseason will feature a 41-game bowl schedule, culminating with the exclusive presentation of the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T (8 p.m. ET) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. on Monday, Jan. 10.

The CFP begins on Friday, Dec. 31 with the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic featuring No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (3:30 p.m. ET) from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, followed by the CFP Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl between No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia (7:30 p.m.) from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Both CFP semifinals and the National Championship will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, with alternate telecasts available across ESPN networks. ESPN Radio will also broadcast all three games.

ESPN’s overall bowl slate commences Friday, Dec. 17, and completes the extensive 1,000+ game schedule carried across ESPN networks this year. Additional production details for both the College Football Playoff and the New Year’s Six will be announced in the coming days.

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit Call Capital One Orange Bowl; Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge Announce Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
In the broadcasting booth, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the Orange Bowl, while Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge team up for the Cotton Bowl. Fowler, Herbstreit and Blackledge have called a CFP Semifinal all eight years of the system, with Fowler and Herbstreit working together in each of those years. McDonough is calling his fourth consecutive CFP Semifinal with Blackledge.

Veteran CFP Reporters Holly Rowe and Laura Rutledge Join Semifinal Crews; Molly McGrath and Marty Smith Make CFP Semifinal TV Debuts
ESPN will utilize reporters Holly Rowe and Marty Smith at the Orange Bowl, Rowe’s eighth CFP Semifinal on either TV or radio and Smith’s first CFP Semifinal. At the Cotton Bowl, Molly McGrath and Laura Rutledge will report, McGrath’s first TV appearance in the CFP Semifinals and Rutledge’s fourth.

New Year’s Six Sees New Faces on Commentating Teams
ESPN’s presentation of the New Year’s Six will begin with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between No. 10 Michigan State and No. 12 Pittsburgh. Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III and Quint Kessenich will be on the call for the matchup on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl kicks off New Year’s Six action on New Year’s Day, featuring No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 9 Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky and Kris Budden on the call. At 5 p.m., the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One Venture X begins with Fowler, Herbstreit, Rowe and Tiffany Blackmon providing commentary. At 8:45 p.m., No. 7 Baylor takes on No. 8 Ole Miss in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, with Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy and Katie George calling the action from the Big Easy.

ESPN Radio Covers the CFP Semifinals
Sean Kelley
, Barrett Jones and Ian Fitzsimmons will announce the Cotton Bowl from Arlington, teaming up for another CFP Semifinal. In Miami, Jones, Griffin III and Kessenich will call the Capital One Orange Bowl for ESPN Radio. Anchoring the pre/half/post coverage from the Bristol studios will be Kevin Winter and Kirk Morrison. ESPN Radio will broadcast all New Year’s Six games, with all assignments included below.

ESPN Events Begins the Bowling
ESPN Events announced the matchups for its 18 owned and operated college football bowl games for the 2021-22 Bowl Season. The Bahamas Bowl (noon, ESPN) and Tailgreeter Cure Bowl (6 p.m., ESPN2) kick off the schedule on Friday, Dec. 17. Sixteen of the ESPN Events bowl games will air on ESPN while the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl will air on ESPN2, and the Cricket Celebration Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 18 will air on ABC at noon. The schedule also includes the addition of the inaugural Wasabi Fenway Bowl in Boston on Wednesday, Dec. 29 (11 a.m., ESPN) and the new Frisco Football Classic, which will be played Thursday, Dec. 23 (3:30 p.m., ESPN) in Frisco, Texas. Full details.

Additional Postseason Highlights:

  • Seeing Red in Pasadena: The Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One Venture X on Saturday, Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. will feature No. 11 Utah vs. No. 6 Ohio State, the alma maters of Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe, both of whom will be on the call of the famed ‘granddaddy of them all.’
  • Inaugural Kimmel Bowl Kicks Off: The first ever Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Presented by Stifel is set for ABC on Saturday, Dec. 18. Tessitore will be joined by ESPN college football studio analyst and newly-minted Bachelor host Jesse Palmer and Rutledge on the TV call.
  • Marty & McGee Back to Myrtle: Marty Smith and Ryan McGee will join forces once again as sideline reporters on the Myrtle Beach Bowl Presented by TaxAct, set for Monday, Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Bahamas Bowl Gets New Crew: Matt Barrie, Booger McFarland and Katie George will team up to announce the Bahamas Bowl, kicking off the 2021-22 Bowl Season schedule.
  • Boston Bound: Fellow New England natives Dave O’Brien – a longtime Red Sox voice – and Tim Hasselbeck will call the inaugural Wasabi Fenway Bowl at the famed Boston ballpark, joined by Kelsey Riggs
  • Dugout Debut: Making his first game analyst appearance on ESPN, Sam Acho will provide commentary for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 29 (2:15 p.m.) from Yankee Stadium
  • Back to the ATL: Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Jay Walker, Quint Kessenich and Tiffany Greene will call the Cricket Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 18 at noon on ABC. The same five-some kicked off the season there in Week 0 calling the Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge.
  • Queen City Commentator: The Duke’s Mayo Bowl will have a familiar voice on play-by-play, as Charlotte resident Anish Shroff calls the Battle of the Carolinas (North Carolina vs. South Carolina) on Thursday, Dec. 30 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Home of the Raiders: Beth Mowins, who calls Raiders preseason NFL games, and Kirk Morrison, a former player for the Silver & Black, will feel right at home Thursday, Dec. 30 on the call of the first SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl at the Raiders’ new home, Allegiant Stadium.
  • Return to the 904: Sideline reporter Alyssa Lang will have a homecoming in Jacksonville, Fla., where she worked for two years before her start at ESPN and SEC Network, to call the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (Friday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.)
  • Multiplatform: ESPN Radio will broadcast 20 games; ESPN Deportes to televise 17 games

2021-22 College Football Bowl Schedule on ESPN Networks

Date Time (ET) Bowl Network
Fri, Dec 17 Noon Bahamas Bowl *
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium (Nassau, Bahamas)
Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo
Matt Barrie, Booger McFarland, Katie George
ESPN/ESPN Deportes
  6 p.m. Tailgreeter Cure Bowl *
Exploria Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)
Northern Illinois vs. Coastal Carolina
Mike Morgan, Kirk Morrison, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2
Sat, Dec 18 11 a.m. RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl *
FAU Stadium (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Western Kentucky vs. Appalachian State
TV: Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Tiffany Blackmon
Radio: Chris Carlin, EJ Manuel, Taylor Davis
ESPN/ESPN Radio
  Noon Cricket Celebration Bowl *
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
South Carolina State vs. Jackson State
Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Jay Walker, Quint Kessenich, Tiffany Greene
ABC
  2:15 p.m. PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl *
University Stadium (Albuquerque, N.M.)
UTEP vs. Fresno State
TV: John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia, Stormy Buonantony
Radio: Mike Corey, Hutson Matson
ESPN/ESPN Radio
  3:30 p.m. Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium (Shreveport, La.)
UAB vs. No. 13 BYU
Roy Philpott, Cole Cubelic, Paul Carcaterra
ABC/ESPN Deportes
  5:45 p.m. LendingTree Bowl
Hancock Whitney Stadium (Mobile, Ala.)
Eastern Michigan vs. Liberty
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Jalyn Johnson
ESPN
  7:30 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl Presented by Stifel
SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)
Utah State vs. Oregon State
TV: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Jorge Sedano, Tom Ramsey, Kelsey Riggs
ABC/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes
  9:15 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Caesars Superdome (New Orleans, La.)
No. 23 Louisiana vs. Marshall
TV: Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr., Taylor McGregor
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN/ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec 20 2:30 p.m. Myrtle Beach Bowl Presented by TaxAct *
Brooks Stadium (Conway, S.C.)
Old Dominion vs. Tulsa
Kevin Brown, Hutson Mason, Marty Smith, Ryan McGee
ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Tue, Dec 21 3:30 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl *
Albertsons Stadium (Boise, Idaho)
Kent State vs. Wyoming
TV: Bill Roth, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler
Radio: Kevin Winter, Trevor Matich
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes
  7:30 p.m. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl *
Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
UTSA vs. No. 24 San Diego State
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Tiffany Blackmon
ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Wed, Dec 22 8 p.m. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl *
Amon G. Carter Stadium (Ft. Worth, Texas)
Missouri vs. Army
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker, Kris Budden
ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Thu, Dec 23 3:30 p.m. Frisco Football Classic Presented by Ryan *
Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
North Texas vs. Miami (Ohio)
Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Tiffany Blackmon
ESPN
  7 p.m. Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl *
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)
UCF vs. Florida
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Taylor Davis
ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Fri, Dec 24 8 p.m. EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl *
Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex
(Honolulu, Hawaii)
Memphis vs. Hawai’i
TV: Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Kevin Winter, Trevor Matich
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Dec 25 2:30 p.m. TaxAct Camellia Bowl *
Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.)
Georgia State vs. Ball State
Roy Philpott, Hutson Mason, Abby Labar
ESPN
Mon, Dec 27 11 a.m. Quick Lane Bowl
Ford Field (Detroit, Mich.)
Western Michigan vs. Nevada
Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox, Taylor McGregor
ESPN/ESPN Deportes
  2:30 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Peraton
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Md.)
Boston College vs. East Carolina
Brian Custer, Kelly Stouffer, Quint Kessenich
ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Tue, Dec 28 Noon TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl *
Protective Stadium (Birmingham, Ala.)
No. 20 Houston vs. Auburn
Wes Durham, Eric Mac Lain, Taylor Davis
ESPN/ESPN Deportes
  3:15 p.m. SERVPRO First Responder Bowl *
Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas, Texas)
Air Force vs. Louisville
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Jalyn Johnson
ESPN/ESPN Deportes
  6:45 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, Tenn.)
Mississippi State vs. Texas Tech
TV: Dave Neal, Deuce McAllister, Andraya Carter
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN/ESPN Radio
  10:15 p.m. Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Chase Field (Phoenix, Ariz.)
West Virginia vs. Minnesota
TV: Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony
Radio: Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Dawn Davenport
ESPN/ESPN Radio
Wed, Dec 29 11 a.m. Wasabi Fenway Bowl *
Fenway Park (Boston, Mass.)
SMU vs. Virginia
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Kelsey Riggs
ESPN
  2:15 p.m. New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium (Bronx, N.Y.)
Maryland vs. Virginia Tech
TV: Matt Barrie, Roddy Jones, Sam Acho
Radio: Chris Carlin, Jack Ford, Abby Labar
ESPN/ESPN Radio
  5:45 p.m. Cheez-It Bowl
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)
No. 19 Clemson vs. Iowa State
TV: Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock, Kris Budden
ESPN/ESPN Radio
  9:15 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl
The Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas)
No. 14 Oregon vs. No. 16 Oklahoma
TV: Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Jorge Sedano, Max Starks, Alex Chappell
ESPN/ESPN Radio
Thu, Dec 30 11:30 a.m. Duke’s Mayo Bowl
Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, N.C.)
North Carolina vs. South Carolina
Anish Shroff, Mike Golic Jr., Taylor McGregor
ESPN
  3 p.m. TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tenn.)
Tennessee vs. Purdue
TV: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Dave Neal, Deuce McAllister, Jalyn Johnson
ESPN/ESPN Radio
  7 p.m. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.)
No. 12 Pittsburgh vs. No. 10 Michigan State
TV: Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Quint Kessenich
Radio: Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Lauren Sisler
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes
  10:30 p.m. SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl *
Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Wisconsin vs. Arizona State
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Dawn Davenport
ESPN
Fri, Dec 31 11 a.m. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Fla.)
No. 17 Wake Forest vs. No. 25 Texas A&M
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
ESPN
  3:30 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati
TV: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Molly McGrath, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes
  7:30 p.m. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia 
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe, Marty Smith
Radio: Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Quint Kessenich
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Jan 1 Noon Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)
Penn State vs. No. 21 Arkansas
Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN2
  1 p.m. Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)
No. 15 Iowa vs. No. 22 Kentucky
TV: Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Ben Hartsock, Taylor Davis
ABC/ESPN Radio
  1 p.m. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)
No. 9 Oklahoma State vs. No. 5 Notre Dame
TV: Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden
Radio: Jason Benetti, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes
  5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One Venture X
Rose Bowl Stadium (Pasadena, Calif.)
No. 11 Utah vs. No. 6 Ohio State
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe, Tiffany Blackmon
Radio: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes
  8:45 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl
Caesars Superdome (New Orleans, La.)
No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole Miss
TV: Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Katie George
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN/ESPN Radio
Tue, Jan 4 9 p.m. TaxAct Texas Bowl *
NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas)
LSU vs. Kansas State
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Kelsey Riggs
ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Mon, Jan 10 8 p.m. College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Ind.)
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe, Molly McGrath
Radio: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN Deportes

* ESPN Events bowl games

 

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Amanda is the Communications Manager for ESPN 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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