Seen on Screen: ESPN Slates ‘College Football Playoff Selection Show’ for Dec. 7; NBC, Golf Channel Cover Hero World Challenge
by Jarrel Harris, Editorial Assistant
ESPN’s College Football Playoff Selection Show on Sunday, Dec. 7, airing 12:30 – 3 p.m. will feature the announcement of the teams participating in the two Playoff Semifinals – the 2015 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and the Allstate Sugar Bowl – within the first 30 minutes as well as extensive analysis and discussion. Additionally, teams selected for the other four New Year’s Six bowls (Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl) will be announced by 3 p.m.
…Two of the top college football conferences in the country crown their champions on FOX this weekend in a pair of matchups that directly impact the College Football Playoff and feature the top two contenders for the Heisman Trophy. No. 2 Oregon Meets No. 11 Arizona Friday at Levi’s Stadium in Pac-12 Showdown. No. 6 Ohio State Faces No. 14 Wisconsin in Indianapolis for Big Ten Title on Saturday.
Led by quarterback and Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota, No. 2 Oregon battles No. 11 Arizona for the Pac-12 Championship on Friday, Dec. 5. Ranked second in the latest College Football Playoff poll, the Ducks suffered their only loss of the season at the hands of the Wildcats in early October. An Oregon win should guarantee the squad a spot in the inaugural four-team playoff.
The following night on Saturday, Dec. 6, No. 6 Ohio State takes on No.14 Wisconsin at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title with OSU needing a win to remain in the playoff conversation. Ohio State is without quarterback J.T. Barrett, who suffered a season-ending injury over the weekend, as the Buckeyes go up against Heisman candidate running back Melvin Gordon and the Badgers…
…The next installment in ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series will also be the first sequel. “The U Part 2,” directed by Billy Corben, will premiere on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m. ET after the Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN. “The U,” which took a look at all that was good and bad about the rise of the University of Miami’s football program in the ‘80s, debuted five years ago as part of 30 for 30’s first season and quickly became one of the most talked-about documentaries in the series. But that wasn’t the end of the story. “The U Part 2″ picks up where the original film left off, with the program trying to recover from the devastation left by NCAA sanctions and scandals that had some calling for the school to drop football. The Hurricanes rose from those ashes to win another national championship, only to face a new controversy when a booster, who made his fortune through a Ponzi scheme, won favor with the program…
… Competing for the first time since August, Tiger Woods returns to action this week to headline an invitation-only, star-studded field at the Hero World Challenge, which will be covered from all angles by Golf Channel and NBC. Taking place at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Fla., the tournament will feature 18 of the PGA TOUR’s top players competing in a 72-hole, stroke play event for a $1 million prize.