The BCS National Championship 2014 live stream and televised coverage kicks off Monday night as the nation's top two college football teams compete for the right to call themselves the best in the country for the past NCAA season. It will be No. 1 FSU vs. No. 2 Auburn, as the Seminoles of the ACC and Tigers of the SEC battle it out in Pasadena, California. The televised and live stream BCS National Championship game arrives for fans courtesy of the ESPN sports networks on Monday night.
According to a report from The Phinsider on Monday, Jan. 6, today’s game will include “Mega-Cast” television coverage courtesy of the ESPN networks. That will include the televised game coverage as well as the show “BCS Title Talk” on ESPN2, “BCS Film Room” on ESPNEWS, “Sounds of the BCS” on ESPN Classic, and “BCS Command Center” on the ESPN Goal Line network. ESPN will have “College Football Live” at 3 p.m. EST and “College GameDay” at 6 p.m. EST, as well as a “BCS Pregame Show” at 8 p.m. EST. Then there’s the game itself which will have the live streaming online coverage on ESPN3 and WatchESPN featuring radio broadcasts from the FSU and Auburn commentators over the game video feed.
Tonight’s game features an undefeated Florida State Seminoles (13-0) team which ran the table in 2013-14 en route to tonight's BCS National Championship game. Jameis Winston led the way as a freshman quarterback, who at one point in the season was mired in controversy over an alleged sexual assault. Winston weathered the storm, and the charges, to ultimately pick up the Heisman Trophy and get his team into their biggest game in years. FSU currently sports the top scoring offense and top defense in terms of points allowed. FSU has averaged 53 points a game this past season and held opponents to 10.7 on average.
Winston told the media with regards to winning the ACC title and moving on to bigger things:
"We wanted to win this championship so bad. We were looking forward to having an undefeated season."
On the other hand is the surprising story of the Auburn Tigers, a team that went 12-1 this past season and 7-1 in the SEC. Their victories included the amazing final seconds upset of former-No.1 team Alabama. The surprise factor is not just the fact they pulled off that victory, but also the fact they were just 3-9 overall in the 2012 season, and winless in the SEC (0-8). Fast forward to this season, and it’s been a much different story for first-year head coach Gus Malzahn and the Tigers. Auburn’s sole loss of the season came against a former top 10 opponent in LSU, but at this point they seem to have momentum on their side.
According to ESPN.com, Malzahn told the media with regards to his team, which ranks first in rushing yards per game (335.7 per game), thanks to Tre Mason:
"A lot of teams aren't getting better each week. This team is."
Odds makers have the undefeated Seminoles as tonight’s favorites, but one shouldn’t discount the Auburn Tigers. Current odds favor FSU by 10 points after they originally opened at 7 points. The over/under is up as high as 69 points for the game at some books, after first opening at 66 1/2. Weather will certainly be warmer than some of the recent NFL games, as Pasadena is expected to have clear skies, a southwest wind blowing 4 to 9 miles per hour and a kickoff temperature of 70 degrees.
Monday night's BCS National Championship game has a scheduled start time of 8:30 p.m. EST for kickoff, or 8 p.m. EST for pre-game coverage. The game will be televised in standard and hi-definition via ESPN for cable and satellite viewers. In addition, they'll make this game available on live stream video feed through the WatchESPN website and apps, starting at 8 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. EST as well. See more info here for availability of the live stream by cable/satellite provider, as well as any regional blackouts or device restrictions.