BTN Communications, December 17, 2015
BTN will provide extensive, on-site coverage surrounding the College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup between Michigan State and Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, as well as Iowa's first trip to the Rose Bowl in 25 years. Eight other Big Ten teams are slated to compete in postseason play, with BTN highlighting each of those matchups beginning on Thursday, Dec. 24.
Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl coverage begins on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. ET with updates on the Spartans from Cotton Bowl Media Day. Rose Bowl Media Day coverage will also air on Tuesday, Dec. 29, bringing viewers up to speed on the Hawkeyes at 11:30 p.m. ET.
On New Year's Eve, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will close out 2015 from Dallas with BTN Live: Cotton Bowl Pregame at 6 p.m. ET. The analysts will preview the matchup between the Spartans and Crimson Tide, while Rick Pizzo, Glen Mason and Stanley Jackson discuss the New Year's Six bowl games in studio. Following the game, select guests will join Revsine, DiNardo and Griffith for The Final Drive at midnight ET.
BTN will bring in the New Year from Pasadena on Jan. 1, with BTN Football Pregame: Bowl Edition presented by Auto-Owners Insurance at 11 a.m. ET. Mike Hall and Chuck Long will deliver live segments from the Rose Bowl Stadium as Pizzo, Mason and Jackson preview the New Year's Day slate of games. BTN Football Pregame: Rose Bowl will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET, with special guests joining Hall and Long following the game during The Final Drive at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Other New Year's Day bowl games featuring the Big Ten include the Fiesta Bowl with Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, the Outback Bowl featuring Northwestern vs. Tennessee, and the Citrus Bowl featuring Michigan vs. Florida. BTN will have reporters on-site at each of the games.
The Big Ten Conference has 10 teams competing in postseason play, including Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan and Penn State. Complete bowl coverage will begin on BTN on Dec. 24 with BTN Live: Bowl Preview Special at 6 p.m. ET, and continue through the start of the New Year with nightly expert analysis on the entire slate of conference bowl games.