There’s many reasons to celebrate the 2014 BCS National Championship Game. There’s the possible coronation of College Football’s biggest star in Heisman Champion Jameis Winston on one side, and Auburn defending the power of the SEC on the other. The biggest reason to enjoy tonight’s game is that it will be the last BCS title game ever. College Football is doing away with computers selecting their top two teams, and moving towards a playoff model next year with the top four teams actually deciding on the field who is the champion.
The game is broadcast tonight on ESPN, and the network is going all out with tonight’s final BCS game.
In its final year before yielding to the highly anticipated College Football Playoff, the BCS has delivered a title-game matchup that’s evoking little debate about a pairing of teams that took very different roads to the Rose Bowl for Monday night’s showdown.
Top-ranked and unbeaten Florida State will look to complete its romp through the 2013 season when it takes on No. 2 Auburn, which to many has looked like a team of destiny all year.
The network is giving viewers multiple way to enjoy the game across their different cable channels. CNNSI.com Richard Deitsch has a great explanation of the different channels available tonight. The one channel I am really interested in checking out is the “Sounds of the BCS” presentation on ESPN Classic. Here’s how Deitsch describes it.
ESPN Classic will have a “Sounds of the BCS” presentation, which will be absent of play-by-play. The broadcast will capture the natural sound of the Rose Bowl from 72 microphones (USA Today reported that is 30 more than a normal broadcast).
This also could be Brent Musburger’s last game on ESPN with his contract ending after this season.
Now for the all important pick. While I am a staunch defender of the SEC being the best conference in America, this is the year of the Seminoles. Check in early on this game because it might be over by halftime. This is the game that will vault Winston into Johnny Manziel territory.
Florida State – 31
Auburn – 20
Date: Monday, January 6th
Episode Title: “2014 BCS National Championship”
Start Time: 8:30 pm ET
Online Stream: ESPN.com