Rose Bowl Viewers' Guide

What: Rose Bowl: Texas (12-0) vs. USC (12-0), BCS title game, 5 p.m., Channel 7


3-4:30 p.m., "The U," ESPNU: The signature show for the 24-hour college sports network that launched in March will kick things off for TV viewers. Mike Hall, ESPNU's primary anchor, will serve as the host and be joined by analysts Mike Gottfried and Todd McShay.

4-5 p.m., "College GameDay," ESPN: A one-hour edition will originate from the Rose Bowl. Featured will be the regular cast of host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, plus contributors Desmond Howard and Mark May. Program highlights include a look at the unique relationship between USC's Reggie Bush and his stepfather, a breakdown of what USC must do to stop Texas' Vince Young, and interviews with USC Coach Pete Carroll and Texas Coach Mack Brown as they enter the stadium.

4-5 p.m. "Crystal Bowl," CSTV: This feature-oriented show will also originate from the Rose Bowl. Highlights include a taped interview with Vince Young's father from prison, an overview of USC's place in college football history, a feature on USC offensive lineman Taitusi Lutui and an interview that former Texas linebacker Brian Jones did with Brown.

5-5:20 p.m., ABC's pregame: With host John Saunders and analysts Craig James and Aaron Taylor. It will be highlighted by USC alum Will Ferrell debating Texas alum Matthew McConaughey.

5:20 p.m., kickoff: The ABC game announcers will be Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts. The sideline reporters will be Todd Harris and Holly Rowe.


USC flagship station 1540: Coverage from the Rose Bowl begins with the "Dave Smith Show" at 10 a.m., followed by the "Petros Papadakis Show" at noon. "Trojan GameDay" with Mark Willard, Harvey Hyde and John Jackson will take listeners up to game time. The game announcers will be Pete Arbogast and Paul McDonald, with Jackson reporting from the sideline.

ESPN Radio coverage carried by station 710: Pregame coverage with host Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and McShay begins at 4 p.m. The game announcers will be Ron Franklin, Bob Davie and Dave Ryan.

* Spanish-language radio carried by station 830: Game announcers will be John Laguna and Adrian Garcia.


ESPN's "National Championship Tailgate" party will begin at noon in Area H south of the Rose Bowl. Featured will be the Grammy-nominated country group Big & Rich. Tickets, which will be available at the gate, are $20 per person. However, the party is limited to 10,000 people, and fans must present a game ticket to gain admission. For details, visit

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