Monday, January 11, 2016
National Championship 2016: TV schedule, players to watch
Alabama and Clemson will decide the college football national champion Monday night in Glendale, Arizona.
The Tigers will look to finish off a perfect season, but are a touchdown underdog to the SEC champion Crimson Tide.
The College Football Playoff Championship game will air at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN will also have a Megacast for viewers to watch on multiple ESPN networks and the ESPN app and the lineup is as follows according to ESPN.com:
Traditional TV broadcast (ESPN): Chris Fowler is on play-by-play and Kirk Herbstreit as the analyst. Heather Cox is on the Clemson sideline and Tom Rinaldi on the Alabama sideline.
Film Room (ESPN2): ESPN analysts Brian Griese and Chris Spielman, along with Florida head coach Jim McElwain and other additional guests, will provide in-depth analysis of the game as it happens from a film room equipped with multiple camera angles, clicker technology and telestration at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters.
ESPN Voices (ESPNEWS): ESPN personalities watch the game from Los Angeles in a living room-type atmosphere. Participants include Teddy Atlas, Michelle Beadle, Jay Bilas, Taylor Twellman and Marcellus Wiley. Additional guests could be added.
Homer Telecast (ESPNU): Joe Tessitore will host former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and former Alabama center Barrett Jones in the booth, along with other quasi-‘game analysts’ with a decidedly partisan view towards their alma maters.
Finebaum Film Room (SEC Network): Paul Finebaum, Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland and Bret Bielema watch the game and provide their instant analysis and reaction while also take live calls throughout the game. Fans can interact by tagging their tweets with #FinebaumFilmRoom.
Sounds of the Game (ESPN Classic and ESPN3): This is ESPN’s game telecast sans commentators and includes full coverage of the pregame on-field entertainment and halftime band performances.
Command Center (ESPN Goal Line): This broadast features a full-time split screen application showing the live game action, immediate replays of every play, isolated camera feeds of both head coaches, enhanced statistics, real time drive charts and the ESPN Radio broadcast.
Mock Replay Booth (ESPN3): Current and former ACC and SEC replay officials take viewers through the full process of reviewing every play from their recreated replay booth set up in Bristol.
Pylon Cam (ESPN3): This broadcast is exactly as it sounds — a continuous stream of the cameras being fed from the eight pylons surrounding the field, both at the goal lines and for the first time from the backlines of the end zones.
Home Town Radio (ESPN3): Each team’s radio announcers will call the game with a customized viewing experience that includes full time isolated shots of head coaches and star players.
Data Center (ESPN3): This broadcast will include significant on-screen graphic content ranging from analytics, real time drive charts, win probability updates, curated social media reaction and more.
Spider Cam (ESPN3): This will be a continuous feed of the “spider cam” that maneuvers above the field of play.
Taco Bell Student Section (ESPN3): Cameras in the Taco Bell student sections — focusing on students, bands, mascots and cheerleaders of each team — will focus on how the most enthusiastic fans in the building are reacting with every play.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson: The Heisman Trophy finalist is a dual-threat QB. He threw for 3,699 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,032 yards and 12 scores. Alabama will have to contain Watson in order to win.
Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama: The Heisman Trophy winner led the nation in rushing with 2,061 yards and 20 touchdowns. Clemson will need to keep him from breaking off big runs and make Alabama beat them through the air.
Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson: Lawson says he will be playing at about 60 percent, but his 60 percent is better than most players' 100. Lawson is a disruptive force and the Tide will have to get him blocked. He led the Tigers with 10.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss.
Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama: The senior led the Crimson Tide with 97 tackles this season and was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press. He will be key to stopping Clemson's rushing attack.