Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Projecting ESPN's New Year's Six Broadcasting Teams

                            Photo Credit: Ida Mae Astute/ABC 

There is no other sport like college football where fans care more about who commentates its biggest game of the week on the regular season calendar.

Why not spice things up a bit and project the commentators for the biggest bowl games of the 2015 season.

NOTE: ESPN already named Chris Fowler/Kirk Herbstreit and Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge as its commentators for the College Football Playoff semifinal games, with Fowler/Herbstreit calling the National Championship Game on Jan. 11, 2016 in Glendale, AZ.

New Year's Eve Games:

Peach Bowl: Joe Tessitore/Jesse Palmer/David Pollack

The first game of the major bowls should include the newly-named Thursday Night team of "Big Game Tess", along with Good Morning America/SEC Network's Jesse Palmer and Georgia legend David Pollack.

This enigmatic trio will bring interest no matter who the opponents are on New Year's Eve.

Cotton Bowl: Fowler/Herbstreit

Given that the CFP committee decided to put this year's semifinal games on NYE, it would make more sense to have the stronger of the two games on first, so it would make sense to put this longtime duo going back to the days of College Gameday on this game.

Orange Bowl: Nessler/Blackledge

What better way to end 2015, than with the long-time partnership of Brad Nessler and Tood Blackledge.

In their seventh season, Nessler and Blackledge have proven to be ESPN/ABC's most consistent team.

With Todd's Taste Of The Town playing as a backdrop to the games, how can you not love seeing these guys broadcast a game of such importance like the Orange Bowl.

New Year's Day Games:

Fiesta Bowl: Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman

This very team covered the same bowl last season and it is a no brainer to have them back on board.

Plus, you get the benefit of sideline analyst Todd McShay on your HDTV. 


Rose Bowl: Brent Musburger/Jesse Palmer

The Rose Bowl Game gets its wish by keeping this prestigious contest on Jan. 1, but given that the semifinal games will have been played the night before, it makes sense to bring Brent Musburger back to Pasadena after a two-year hiatus.

Next to the legendary Keith Jackson, when you think of the Rose Bowl, Musburger comes to mind. 

ESPN also has a chance to make history and have Jesse Palmer pull double-duty and fly cross-country from Atlanta to Pasadena to provide color commentary in the "Granddaddy Of Them All", within a 28-hour stretch.

This SEC Network tandem deserves the chance to call the biggest bowl game outside of the CFP Final Four.

Sugar Bowl: Dave Pasch/Brian Griese

Rounding out the commentator teams are the often overlooked duo of Dave Pasch and Brian Griese.

Pasch's wittiness, along with the expertise of 1997 Michigan national champion quarterback Griese will make for quality television on New Year's Night.

Add in ESPN's National Recruiting Director Tom Luginbill as the sideline analyst and you have a winning formula.

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