Behind The Scenes

ESPN Digital Media covers the college football bowl season from all angles

Mid-American Conference Champion Northern Illinois will play in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1. (Getty Images)

With nearly 30 football games to cover in a span of about two weeks, this is indeed “the most wonderful time of the year” for the team covering the college bowl season.

The ESPN College Bowls 2012-2013 homepage will provide preview and post-game content on every game, in addition to breaking news, features, columns, video and other elements. Coverage will include in-depth looks at all five BCS bowl games with an individual page dedicated to each game.

In addition, the ESPN College Football app, ScoreCenter app and ESPN mobile web will allow fans to access up-to-the-minute video clips, news and scores wherever they are, while ESPN’s 34-game bowl schedule will be available live through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox.

David Albright, Sr. Director of College Sports, spent a few minutes with Front Row to give us his take on ESPN’s digital bowl season coverage.

The bowl season is underway, but what are you most looking forward to over the next couple of weeks for
First and foremost, I always look forward to the theatre that is the college football bowl season. Not every game ends up being competitive to the end but the volume improves the chances. Against that backdrop there is always potential for the unexpected to materialize and that’s a big part of what’s great for the fans and about the sport.

In addition to delivering those stories and highlights, also has planned feature content leading into each of the five BCS games. One example is a package of stories that will kick off our BCS coverage and examines college football dynasties and where Alabama might fit in should it win its third national championship in four seasons.

You’re a Northern Illinois grad. What’s the most important thing for unfamiliar fans to know about the Huskies, who face Florida State in the Jan. 1 Orange Bowl (ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio, 8:30 p.m. ET)?
NIU is located in DeKalb, about an hour west of Chicago, and it’s the hometown of Cindy Crawford. Notable alums include former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, current NFL running back Michael Turner and my favorite: Homer Simpson (thanks to Emmy Award winning voice actor Dan Castellaneta). In terms of this year’s team, QB Jordan Lynch is a special player who deserves the national stage he will get in Miami.

Prediction for the Orange Bowl?
Florida State 38, Northern Illinois 34. I want NIU to win but logic dictates the BCS buster shouldn’t beat the more established brand. And suffice to say I would love to be proven wrong on this prediction.

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