Though there isn't a heavy Ohio State contingency in football's biggest and brightest spectacle, the prospects of a long, hard offseason and the built in excuse to binge on bar-type food/recipes and your favorite beverages on a random Sunday will be more than enough to get you to partake.
Nate Ebner leads the way with an any-college-football-conference high of 27 Big Ten representatives as his New England Patriots meet the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. If you aren't an NFL fan, each team led their respective conferences for much of the season in what marks just the eleventh time the two one seeds have met in a Super Bowl.
Besides allegations of deflating balls in the AFC Championship Game, former Michigan Wolverine Tom Brady and the Patriots' main storyline comes in the form of meeting the man who occupied the team's head coaching job and was summarily dismissed prior to Bill Belichick getting the gig and helping launch a dynasty.
That coach, the defending Super Bowl champions' Pete Carroll, who you may remember from two unfortunate Ohio State-USC contests in 2008-2009, looks to become the first head coach since, appropriately enough, Belichick, to repeat as champs in consecutive seasons.
The Patriots and Seahawks' kickoff time is listed as 6:30 p.m. ET but expect it to be a few minutes after that given historical precedent.
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Veteran broadcaster and the voice of Sunday Night Football Al Michaels will be on the mic as the play-by-play man with typical SNF color commentary partner (and former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver) Cris Collinsworth right besides him. Michele Tafoya will reprise her role as the principal sideline reporter.
Pregame TV schedule
ESPN (10 a.m. ET, Channel 1301, Time Warner Columbus-Delaware) and the NFL Network (7 a.m. ET, Channel 1346) kick things off first while NBC joins the pregame show party at noon Eastern.
Bob Costas is joined there by the typical Football Night in America crew of Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, former Patriot Rodney Harrison, Sports Illustrated's Peter King as well as the game's broadcast trio and former SportsCenter/Good Morning America host Josh Elliott. Elliott will have an exclusive interview with the game's halftime show headliner, Katy Perry.
Carolyn Manno and Randy Moss (the horse racing analyst, not the future Hall of Famer) will each report from the respective team's hotels with former New England Patriot Doug Flutie reporting on-field.
At 4 p.m. ET, NBC News' Savannah Guthrie will interview President Barack Obama.
The national anthem, sung by "Let It Go" singer Idina Menzel (O/U: 2 min, 1 sec), Ohio State fan John Legend signing "America the Beautiful", and the game's coin toss are expected to occur around or just before 6 p.m. ET.
The Super Bowl itself will air on NBC (NBC4 in Columbus, channel 1004 on Time Warner) with the start time set for at or just after 6:30 p.m. ET.