It's the very first National Championship of the very first College Football Playoff, and ESPN is more than a bit excited. Not that they don't have reason to be. This is kind of a big deal. The Megacast was first revealed last year for the final national championship of the BCS era. If you're looking for over a dozen different ways to enjoy the game, then you're in luck.
The whole ESPN family is involved in this. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Goal Line will have TV coverage. ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio will have your radio needs covered. ESPN3 will feature not one but five different broadcasts, and their international distribution will take the game to all the corners of the earth.
Let's see what our options are:
Traditional Telecast: If you just want to stick to the classic telecast, it'll be on ESPN, featuring Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox, and Tom Rinaldi.
- Film Room: Over on ESPN2, you can join ESPN's Chris Spielman and Tom Luginbill, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, new Pitt Coach (and former Michigan State coordinator) Pat Narduzzi, new Nebraska coach (and former Oregon State coach) Mike Riley. Narduzzi coached against the Buckeyes this season, while Riley faced off against Oregon. Last year, the Film Room predicted a fake punt right before it happened, so either their analysis is worth listening to, or they're from the future.
- ESPN Voices: The folks on ESPNU will be playing hosts to a plethora of non-college football people to offer their hot takes on the game. This party will include people like Jay Bilas, Aaron Boone, Julie Foudy, Barry Melrose, Mark Schlereth, and Michael Wilbon.
- Off the Ball: On ESPNEWS, analysts Kevin Carter, Matt Millen, Jason Sehorn, and Matt Stinchcomb will sit down with Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Amani Toomer and Bob Wischusen to discuss the game by focusing on the plays away from the ball, such as wide receiver match ups and coaching strategy. (Disclaimer: Toomer went to Michigan, so if you can't stand the sight of a Michigan Man, don't watch.)
- Sounds of the Game: ESPN Classic will combine ESPN's video of the game with the actual sounds of the game, thanks to 100 microphones scattered throughout the stadium. Fans of the band (aka everyone except Jim Rome) will want to make note of this one, as this channel will feature the pregame and halftime shows of both marching bands. How can you pass up the chance to watch The Best Damn Band In The Land?
- Radio Broadcast: ESPN Radio will feature Mike Tirico of ESPN's Monday Night Football alongside Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe, Joe Schad, and Rules Expert Bill Lemonnier.
- Home Team Radio: This one is also worth paying close attention to. Over on ESPN3, in cooperation with IMG College, will feature an "Oregon Radio Call" and an "Ohio State Radio Call" show, each one featuring the radio broadcast team for each team, meaning everyone can listen in to the beautiful voice of our own Paul Keels. It will also feature the game feed and a camera focused on each head coach. Don't miss a single "Meyer chucks his headset 35 yards" moment, folks!
- Command Center: This version of the game, available on ESPN Goal Lane, will provide a commercial-free way of watching the championship. The broadcast will feature the live broadcast of the game as well as instant replays of every play, isolated camera feeds of both head coaches (more headset throwing action!), enhanced stats, and the Radio broadcast call. When the game takes media timeouts, the Command Center will show other Megacast content. It's the perfect option for people who hate commercials! (I'm looking at you, Sean.)
- Spanish Language Call: A traditional telecast of the game in Spanish will be available on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio. The TV announcers will be Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega. ¡Qué divertido!
- SpiderCam: The SpiderCam angle will be available on ESPN3 for the entire game. That's all that's special about this.
- Taco Bell Student Section: Taco Bell has set up special student sections throughout the stadium to give 500 lucky fans from each school a Taco Bell-themed VIP experience. This broadcast on ESPN3 will be commercial-free and will feature the VIP students, the cheerleaders, bands, and mascots. Brutus vs. Puddles will be a mascot battle for the centuries.
- Data Center: This ESPN3 feature, also commercial-free, will feature all sorts of on-screen graphics. If you like analytics and social media responses, then this is your channel.
- Around the World: For the fans who are abroad, including those serving in the United States Armed Forces. Military personnel will be able to watch the game via the American Forces Network. The game will also be available on ESPN International and the ESPN Deportes platforms for anyone else who foolishly made travel plans that include today.
- Social Media: If you love Facebook and Twitter, then you'll love this. ESPN will be turning the social media up to 11, sharing and tweeting behind-the-scenes looks, stats, and more. No word yet on if they'll be updating their MySpace page.
The ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, and ESPNEWS options will also be available via WatchESPN. You can get it on your computer, smartphone, tablets, gaming consoles, and just about any other way you watch stuff. The ESPN Radio broadcast will be accessible through the ESPN Radio app, the SportsCenter app, ESPNRadio.com, SiriusXM, iTunes Radio, Slacker Radio, and TuneIn.
Basically, there are no excuses for you to miss the game. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, you can tune in and root for the Buckeyes as we try to make history.