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ESPN 'Megacast' to show BCS title game in 6 ways on 6 channels

Want to watch Auburn-Florida State without announcers? From up high? With X's and O's experts? It's the biggest game of the year, so ESPN is giving you several ways to watch.


No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn meet on Jan. 6 in Pasadena to play in the final BCS National Championship Game. With college football supremacy on the line -- and the added angle of it being the final game of the BCS era -- ESPN is providing viewers with six viewing options, ESPN announces. All the action kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Traditional broadcast

The centerpiece of ESPN's coverage will be its normal game broadcast on its flagship channel. Brent Musburger will have the play-by-play call, Kirk Herbstreit will provide color analysis, and Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi are set to report from the sidelines. It's the fifth year in a row Musburger and Herbstreit have teamed up to call the championship game.

Other options

ESPN2 and ESPNews will air the game featuring live analysis from panels of expert guests. "BCS Title Talk" is set for ESPN2, featuring celebrities, coaches and other figures familiar with Florida State and Auburn. On ESPNews, "BCS Film Room" will have analysts break down the X's and O's with multiple camera angles as the game plays out. This presentation should appeal to fans who consider themselves to be much more in tune to the game than the average viewer.

For anyone who can't sit through a game without being driven to their wits' end by television broadcasters, ESPN Classic has "Sounds of the BCS". Watch the game from normal camera angles, but listen to in-stadium sounds instead of Musburger's and Herbstreit's commentary. With a big enough TV, this option could make the game appear to be in a viewer's living room. On ESPN Goal Line, "BCS Command Center" will feature a split screen and live stats, perfect for today's multitasking football fan.

Finally, ESPN3, the network's online service, will have the Florida State and Auburn radio calls. Each school's local broadcast will air with cameras focusing specifically on the Seminoles and Tigers. Perfect for all the homers out there. ESPN3 will also offer an above-the-field "SpiderCam" view.

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