It's here. The College Football Playoff National Championship, the ending event of the college football season, is upon us. Tonight, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN (or basically any ESPN channel), the No. 1 Clemson Tigers will face the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide to decide the champion of the 2015 college football season.
Both undefeated Clemson and one loss Alabama have terrific line play on both sides of the ball, top ten defenses, and dominated their playoff semifinal opponent. Alabama's offense is led by Heisman Trophy winning running back Derrick Henry and Clemson's is led by Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Deshaun Watson. An Alabama win would mark the program's 16th claimed title, and would be their fourth under Nick Saban (accumulated in his 9 years there as head coach). A win for Clemson would be the team's second national championship ever, with their first coming in 1981.
ESPN is again bringing a plethora of diverse "Megacast" watching options for the game. These include the standard broadcast on ESPN featuring Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit calling the game, an ESPN Radio broadcast with Mike Tirico and Todd Blackledge, an ESPNews broadcast called "ESPN Voices" featuring ESPN personalities watching the game, and an ESPNU broadcast, called the "Homer Broadcast", with former players from each team, notably former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and former Alabama center Barrett Jones, watching the game together. The SEC Network will air Finebaum Film Room featuring Paul Finebaum hosting an analysis show with Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland, and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.
Of most interest to Gator fans, Florida head coach Jim McElwain will be featured on ESPN2's Film Room broadcast, joining Brian Griese and Chris Spielman to break down the game. McElwain will be joined by other head coaches Larry Fedora (North Carolina), Willie Taggart (USF) and Pat Narduzzi (Pittsburgh). Oh, and some guy named Will Muschamp (South Carolina).
Other broadcasts include "Sounds of the Game" on ESPN Classic, which is a live broadcast of the game with all natural sound and no announcers, ESPN Goal Line's "Command Center" split screen broadcast with live game action, immediate replays of every play, camera feeds of both coaches, statistics, drive charts and the ESPN Radio broadcast, and ESPN Deportes with a Spanish language call of the game. The ESPN 3 broadcast features include a mock replay booth with current ACC and SEC officials, a pylon cam, home town radio announcers, a spider cam maneuvering the field, and cameras on the "Taco Bell Student Section" plus the bands, mascots and cheerleaders.
Are you pulling for Alabama or Clemson? Which broadcast will you be watching?