The day we’ve been dreaming of, and silently also dreading is here — the College Football Playoff championship game to put a wrap on the 2015 season. Unlike your usual college football game on a Saturday, ESPN is rolling out a complete plethora of ways to watch Monday night’s game between No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama.
Kickoff: Monday night’s game is set to kick off at 8:30 p.m. EST from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Television (ESPN)/Watch ESPN): You can catch the game on ESPN right at 8:30 with Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler and Heather Cox on the broadcast.
ESPN Film Room (ESPN2/Watch ESPN): This is hands down my favorite thing the network is doing. On ESPN 2 and Watch ESPN, there will be a coaches film room. Various collegiate coaches, along with studio hosts Chris Speilman and Brian Griese will give in-depth analysis as the game is unfolding. This year’s lineup of coaches gloriously includes Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi, Florida HC Jim McElwain, Will Muschamp of South Carolina, UNC head coach Larry Fedora and Willie Taggart of USF.
ESPN Voices (ESPNNews/Watch ESPN): This also is pretty cool — live from Los Angeles, some of ESPN’s more colorful personalities will be in a living room type setting providing commentary. The group will feature Teddy Atlas, Michelle Beadle, Jay Bilas, Taylor Twellman and Marcellus Wiley.
Homers Telecast (ESPNU/Watch ESPN): Joe Tessitore will host between former great Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and former Alabama center and three-time national champion Barrett Jones. The three will act as quasi-‘game analysts’ — however it’ll be a little biased towards both sides as you can obviously expect. Other partisan guests and ESPN personalities will join the commentary which will be conducted primarily from field level.
Finebaum Film Room (SEC Network/Watch ESPN): Paul Finebaum and his in-studio guests including Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland, and Marcus Spears will provide their instant analysis and reaction. The show, which will be produced at a location near University of Phoenix Stadium, will also take live calls throughout the game. This is especially great if Alabama doesn’t play well against the Tigers.
Sounds of the Game (ESPN Classic/Watch ESPN): This is ESPN’s game telecast without commentators. TH broadcast will be amplified with dozens of microphones positioned throughout the stadium in addition to the public address announcer and referee calls. Essentially, think of this broadcast from a fan’s perspective coming from inside the stadium. This will include full coverage of the pregame on-field entertainment and halftime band performances.
Command Center (ESPN Goal Line/Watch ESPN): This one has a full-time split screen application showing the live game action, along with immediate replays of every play, isolated camera feeds of both head coaches, enhanced statistics, real time drive charts and the ESPN Radio broadcast. This might sound like sensory overload, but if you’re a football junkie this is perfect for you.
Spanish-Language Call (ESPN Deportes/Watch ESPN): Lalo Varela, Pablo Viruega, Bernardo Osuna, and Carlos Nava call the game in Spanish.
Mock Replay Booth (Watch ESPN): This features an authentic recreation of the replay booth experience will give an inside look at the review process in which replay officials review every play of the game, determine which plays are subject to further review and then what happens during an official replay stoppage.
Pylon Cam (Watch ESPN): 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 (Watch ESPN): This telecast will be available with the Alabama and Clemson home radio broadcasts serving as the commentary along with a customized viewing experience that includes full-time isolated shots of head coaches and star players. Alabama’s radio team is Eli Gold, Phil Savage, and Chris Stewart. Clemson’s radio team is Don Munson, Rodney Williams and Patrick Sapp.
Also available on Watch ESPN will be a Data Center, Spider Cam and Taco Bell Student Section camera.