ESPN has announced that its top broadcast team will call the Rose Bowl this year between Georgia and Oklahoma.
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Tom Rinaldi will be the broadcast team for a College Football Playoff semifinal for the fourth straight year when they call the Rose Bowl, while Maria Taylor will make her debut. Rinaldi will report on Oklahoma while Taylor will be reporting on Georgia from the sideline and with other interviews.
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe are scheduled to call the Sugar Bowl between Clemson and Alabama. Rowe will report from the sidelines, as this is trio’s second straight year calling a semifinal as a group and, for Blackledge and Rowe, their fourth consecutive year working a semifinal. Laura Rutledge will join the telecast as well, ESPN announced.
The Rose Bowl Game will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and the Allstate Sugar Bowl will take place the at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Both venues become the first to host a second CFP Semifinal. The CFP National Championship will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the fourth different venue to host the CFP national championship.
ESPN will televise the Rose Bowl beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern, while the Sugar Bowl is set for 8:45 p.m., both on New Year’s Day. The winners will play in the College Football Playoff National Championship at 8 p.m. on Jan. 8.
Source: Saturday Down South