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#TBT: Rose and Sugar Bowls

ESPN's 2011 BCS coverage included (l to r) Alabama head coach Nick Saban, host Chris Fowler, current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and analyst Kirk Herbstreit discussing the championship game at the University of Phoenix Stadium. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
ESPN’s 2011 BCS coverage included (l to r) Alabama head coach Nick Saban, host Chris Fowler, current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and analyst Kirk Herbstreit discussing the championship game at the University of Phoenix Stadium. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

From a delayed telecast of the 1983 Rose Bowl to the 2011 BCS National Championship game, ESPN has covered some of the biggest moments in college football history.

ESPN continues that trend today with telecasts of the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual (5 p.m. ET), in which No. 2 Oregon takes on defending national champion and No. 3 Florida State, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:30 p.m.) pitting No. 1 Alabama against No. 4 Ohio State. The College Football Playoff Semifinal winners will play in the College Football National Championship Presented by AT&T (Monday, Jan. 12, 8:30 p.m. ESPN).

Jim Simpson (left) and Bud Wilkinson are shown commentating at the 1983 Rose Bowl. (Long Photography)
Jim Simpson (left) and Bud Wilkinson at the 1983 Rose Bowl. (Long Photography)
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