The 2014 college football season comes to a close tonight when No. 1 FSU takes on No. 2 Auburn at the Rose Bowl. The historic game also marks the end of the BCS because a playoff system begins next season. In a game that’s being billed as David vs. Goliath, the unbeaten Seminoles of Florida State take on the underdogs of Auburn University. There are several ways to watch the National BSC Championship, including ESPN on TV and a live stream online if you’re away from home.
As posted by Bleacher Report on Jan. 4, the highly anticipated game, which is expected to attract close to 20 million TV viewers, kicks off at 8:30 p.m. EST on ESPN. The network will air a 30-minute BCS Championship pre-game special at 8. FSU is a 9-point favorite to win. However, on Jan. 4, Bill Connelly from SB Nation predicted a final score of FSU 30, Auburn 19.
If you’re away from home and a TV, there are several ways to watch the live stream of the game online. According to Al.com, fans can catch the game on various online platforms. Over on ESPN3.com, a live stream will air and fans can watch the game with radio calls from either FSU or Auburn. Each school broadcast will also include special camera shots on key coaches and players from that team. The live stream will also feature fan reactions from watch parties at Auburn and FSU.
TV viewers will also have several options. Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will call the action on ESPN, with Heather Cox (FSU) and Tom Rinaldi (Auburn) providing sideline reports. On ESPN2, “BCS Title Talk” will provide conversations with players, coaches and celebrities, including Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, entertainer Snoop Dogg, and ESPN's Rece Davis, Paul Finebaum, Lou Holtz, Todd McShay, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack and Tim Tebow. ESPN Classic will air "Sounds of the BCS" that captures sound from the 72 microphones ESPN will have for the "BCS Megacast" production. The telecast will combine ESPN's game coverage with the audio within the stands, field and in-stadium sound system. This channel will also show the halftime performances of the Florida State and Auburn marching bands.
However you choose to watch the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 6, it should be a good one. Could the SEC extend its streak of national championships to eight with another Cinderella win by Auburn, which pulled out two miraculous late season wins and two of the most talked about plays in recent college football? Not if the domineering FSU Seminoles, lead by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, have anything to say about it. The Noles rolled over their competition all season long and hope to steamroll their final opponent. It will all come down to who can stay focused during the final, all-important match-up.
The 411 on the 2014 BCS Championship Game:
- Date: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
- Kick-off time: 8:30 p.m. EST
- Channel: ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN3
- Attendance: 120,000
- Kick-off temperature: 49 degrees
- Average ticket price: $566
- Expected TV audience: 20 million
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