The BCS Championship comes to an end tonight with No. 1 Florida State playing No. 2 Auburn in the Rose Bowl.
Next year, there’ll be a playoff system, but first the 16th BCS will get a fitting sendoff from ESPN, which will offer six ways to watch the game – including one that will render the “mute” button obsolete — on its TV, audio and digital platforms.
In its typical and delightfully understated way, ESPN is calling its coverage options a “BCS Megacast.” The game, with an 8:30 p.m. Eastern kickoff at the Rose Bowl, will be available on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Classic and online via ESPN3.
Here’s how the lineup will work:
ESPN will carry the traditional game broadcast with Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit.
ESPN2 will broadcast “BCS Title Talk” broadcast with the game, analysts, guest hosts, coaches and celebrities. This one may be the most megacasty of all — it’ll feature ESPN’s newest hire, Tim Tebow, along with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, USC coach Steve Sarkisian, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, actor-rapper Snoop Dogg and singer-songwriter John Legend.
ESPNews will show “BCS Film Room,” in-depth, play-by-play coverage with camera angles that are not in the main broadcast.
ESPN Classic will show the game broadcast — minus the announcers — with mics picking up sideline and public-address sounds.
ESPN Goal Line will have the “BCS Command Center” with split-screen views of live action and immediate replays of every play along with the ESPN Radio broadcast and stats.
ESPN3 online will show Auburn- and Florida State-centric feeds as well as a “BCS Campus Connection” showing live reaction on campus and a “BCS SpiderCam” option to watch from the over-the-field camera.