Behind The ScenesNCAAF

Tour Sydney with ESPN’s crew before Stanford-Rice telecast from Australia

On Saturday at 10 p.m. ET, ESPN will televise a college football game live from Sydney, Australia for the second year in a row.

No. 14 Stanford will take on the Rice Owls in Allianz Stadium, Sunday at noon local time. ESPN’s team of Roy Philpott (play-by-play), Tom Ramsey (analyst) and Quint Kessenich (sideline reporter) will call the game, while producer Bryan Jaroch and director Steve Turnberger execute a telecast that is being co-produced by Fox Sports Australia.

“Bryan and Steve have years of experience handling these kinds of broadcasts overseas, so having them to lean on makes all the difference in the world,” said Philpott. “They see what problems could occur before they actually happen. That’s a big deal for our crew to have that kind of experience down here. Working in play-by-play, it doesn’t get much better than an experience like this.”

The ESPN crew arrived in Sydney on Tuesday after a 20-plus-hour journey from the United States. They have attended team practices every day, Stanford on Wednesday and Thursday and Rice on Friday.

However, it hasn’t been all work and no play. They have also been able to take in some of Sydney’s iconic sites and even got a lesson on how to punt a pass from Aussie Rules football stars Gary Rohan and Jarred McVeigh.