Your Complete 2008-2009 Bowl Games Announcing Schedule (UPDATED)

Thursday, December 18, 2008


There are a few holes (Texas and Gator), and things are subject to change, but I've pieced together your (almost) full Bowl Games Announcing Schedule for 2008-2009. A lot of the teams are the same from last year, but the networks have them on different calls. Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis are still the #1 team for FOX and will be on both the Orange and National Championship games. The rest of the schedule is below, and look out for the Pammy winner post at the end of the day. Here are your Bowl Games....

Update: Pretty sure we've got all of the games filled in with the correct teams. If there are any errors be sure to shoot me an email. I'll be putting up the full radio schedule in a few for those who are looking for a guide.

Saturday December 20th

EagleBank Bowl: Wake Forest v. Navy (ESPN, 11am)- Terry Gannon, David Norrie, Quint Kessenich
New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State v. Colorado State (ESPN, 3pm)- Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore
St. Petersburg Bowl: Memphis v. South Florida (ESPN2, 4:30pm)- Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Rob Stone
Las Vegas Bowl: 16 Brigham Young v. Arizona (ESPN, 8pm)- Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

Sunday, December 21st

New Orleans Bowl: Troy v. Southern Mississippi (ESPN, 8pm)- Eric Collins, Shaun King

Tuesday, December 23rd

Poinsettia Bowl: 11 Texas Christian v. 9 Boise State (ESPN, 8pm)- Rece Davis, Lou Holtz, Mark May, Todd Harris

Wednesday, December 24th

Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii v. Notre Dame (ESPN, 8pm)- Dave Pasch, Andre Ware

Friday, December 26th

Motor City Bowl: Florida Atlantic v. Central Michigan (ESPN, 8pm)- Todd Harris, Ray Bentley

Saturday, December 27th

Meineke Car Care Bowl: North Carolina v. West Virginia (ESPN, 1pm)- Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Rob Stone
Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State v. Wisconsin (ESPN, 4:30pm)- Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire, Holly Rowe
Emerald Bowl: Miami v. California (ESPN, 8pm)- Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

Sunday, December 28th

Independence Bowl: Louisiana Tech v. Northern Illinois (ESPN, 8pm)- Pam Ward, Ray Bentley

Monday, December 29th

Papajohns.com Bowl: North Carolina State v. Rutgers (ESPN, 3pm)- Eric Collins, Shaun King
Alamo Bowl: 23 Northwestern v. 21 Missouri (ESPN, 8pm)- Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham, Jack Arute

Tuesday, December 30th

Humanitarian Bowl: Nevada v. Maryland (ESPN, 4:30pm)- Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard
Texas Bowl: Western Michigan v. Rice (NFL-N, 8pm)- Fran Charles, Tom Waddle, Kara Henderson
Holiday Bowl: 17 Oregon v. 13 Oklahoma State (ESPN, 8pm)- Chris Fowler, Jesse Palmer, Craig James, Erin Andrews

Wednesday, December 31st

Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force v. Houston (ESPN, Noon)- Terry Gannon, David Norrie
Sun Bowl: 20 Pittsburgh v. Oregon State (CBS, 2pm)- Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson
Music City Bowl: 24 Boston College v. Vanderbilt (ESPN, 3:30pm)- Mark Jones, Bob Davie, Todd Harris
Insight Bowl: Kansas v. Minnesota (NFL Network, 5:30pm)- Paul Burmeister, Mike Mayock, Lindsay Soto
Chick-Fil-A Bowl: 14 Georgia Tech v. Louisiana State (ESPN, 8pm)- Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire, Jack Arute

Thursday, January 1st

Outback Bowl: Iowa v. South Carolina (ESPN, 11am)- Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Rob Stone
Gator Bowl: Nebraska v. Clemson (CBS, 1pm)- Craig Bolerjack, Steve Beuerlein, Dan Fouts
Capital One Bowl: 18 Michigan State v. 15 Georgia (ABC, 1pm)- Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Rose Bowl: 5 USC v. 8 Penn State (ABC, 4:30pm)- Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Lisa Salters
Orange Bowl: 19 Virginia Tech v. 12 Cincinnati (FOX, 8pm)- Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Myers

Friday, January 2nd

Cotton Bowl: 25 Mississippi v. 7 Texas Tech (FOX, 2pm)- Pat Summerall, Brian Baldinger, Jeanne Zelasko, Krista Voda
Liberty Bowl: East Carolina v. Kentucky (ESPN, 5pm)- Mark Jones, Bob Davie, Todd Harris
Sugar Bowl: 4 Alabama v. 6 Utah (FOX, 8pm)- Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Charissa Thompson, Chris Myers

Saturday, January 3rd

International Bowl: Connecticut v. Buffalo (ESPN2, Noon)- John Saunders, Jesse Palmer, Doug Flutie

Monday, January 5th

Fiesta Bowl: 3 Texas v. 10 Ohio State (FOX, 8pm)- Matt Vasgersian, Tim Ryan, Laura Okmin, Chris Myers

Sunday, January 6th

GMAC Bowl: Tulsa v. 22 Ball State (ESPN, 8pm)- Dave Pasch, Andre Ware

Monday, January 7th

BCS National Championship Game: 1 Oklahoma v. 2 Florida (FOX, 8pm)- Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis

37 Comments:

did brennaman and davis call previous FOX championship games?

because when i think of pairs to call title game, those two names don't come to mind.

-dan

-dan said...
Dec 10, 2008, 2:53:00 PM  

They have.

Anonymous said...
Dec 10, 2008, 2:59:00 PM  

Not only did they call the last two games, Barry Alverez was with them for the Florida-Ohio State and Oklahoma-Boise State games.

Lucky us...

William said...
Dec 10, 2008, 3:00:00 PM  

I guess that's what you call a victory lap for Mr. Vasgersian.....

stephen said...
Dec 10, 2008, 3:02:00 PM  

Todd's "Taste of the Town" is coming to Sin City! Sweet.

As a BYU fan, I'm excited for that team in the booth. Last year was good with Nessler, Griese and Paul McGuire and anything can top the '06 crew of Musberger and Craig James who never talked about the game and kept interviewing Ryan Leaf the whole time it seemed like.

Go Cougs! Zona your gonna be Bearin Down to the Cougs next Saturday!

Mitch Harper said...
Dec 10, 2008, 3:02:00 PM  

Check the dates of the last couple of games. I thought the championship was THURSDAY, Jan 8?

Anonymous said...
Dec 10, 2008, 3:05:00 PM  

Some other things I noticed:

- Terry Gannon and David Norrie get 3 games in the bowl season. Zzzzzzzzzzzz. With one of them being the Poinsettia, a game I'm real interested in.

- We get the goodness that is Chris Spielman for 3 games.

- Musberger only gets one game this year, previous years he's had 2 games.

- I guess CBS in more interested in sending their A team to the Sun Bowl cause it is the more interesting matchup.

- Once you find out the ESPN Radio sched AA, can you put it up? I always wanna know what my alternative is.

stephen said...
Dec 10, 2008, 3:08:00 PM  

I feel for any fans of Ole Miss and Texas Tech that can not listen to that game on the radio. The combo of Pat Summerall and Brian Baldinger is the worst of that list, and it's not even remotely close. After watching Arkansas vs Missouri last year, two observations...1)Pat Summerall in the booth is just sad 2)Baldinger obviously doesn't know shit about the goings-on in college football. That pairing sucks and Fox should do better for their brand than to let those two ruin a game.

TomahawkFlop said...
Dec 10, 2008, 3:17:00 PM  

HAHA. Agree with Tomahawkflop that Summerall was, sadly, a joke last year. It was comical hearing him bungle everything - a sad way for a formerly great announcer to be on his last legs.

BTW Pammy is doing the Independence Bowl - can you say "limited viewership"??

Brian said...
Dec 10, 2008, 4:03:00 PM  

Personally, I find Charles Davis to be about as interesting as an old man's colonoscopy.

GMoney said...
Dec 10, 2008, 4:16:00 PM  

I read in the Fort Worth Star Telegram that Rece Davis, Lou Holtz and Mark May will now be calling the Poinsettia Bowl, probably because the matchup is a little more attractive than expected.

Mike Maloney said...
Dec 10, 2008, 4:31:00 PM  

At least they gave Pam Ward the best bowl game! AM I RIGHT GUYS?

Anonymous said...
Dec 10, 2008, 4:47:00 PM  

Insight Bowl: Kansas v. Minnesota (NFL Network, 5:30pm)- Paul Burmeister, Mike Mayock, Lindsay Soto

Thanks, NFL Network, for giving me a reason to watch that game.

Dec 10, 2008, 4:58:00 PM  

ESPN definitely needs to put a different crew on the Poinsettia Bowl. Many people think that will be the most interesting non-BCS game. And while somebody mentioned the Davis/May/Holtz crew earlier, I think ESPN should think even bigger. I'd love to put Musberger/Herbstreit out there as an idea, but I doubt they'd go for that. At the very least, I think they should go for Nessler/Griese/Maguire, Blackledge/Patrick, or Franklin/Cunningham. The Poinsettia Bowl is a 'A' game this year - why are they stuck with a 'C' crew?

Tom said...
Dec 10, 2008, 5:05:00 PM  

Agree with Tom. Davis/May/Holtz is zero improvement if that's true. Instead of a boring crew, you get a joke studio crew. Awesome, ESPN.

Anonymous said...
Dec 10, 2008, 5:09:00 PM  

@ Mike Maloney and Tom: Up until today, Rece Davis, Mark May, and Lou Holtz were penciled in as doing the EagleBank Bowl on The 506 website. That changed today, when, as AA has it, it switched to Gannon and Norrie. I also think that while not out of the realm of possibilities, it is somewhat surprising that ESPN would send an announce team do two bowl games in a 48-hour time span, especially when the games are on opposite sides of the country. So I wouldn't be surprised if there's a switch.

And yes, even though they don't work games during the year, I would much prefer Davis, May, and Holtz to Gannon and Norrie.

And lastly, am I the only one who thinks that Mike Patrick in Las Vegas doing a BYU game is going to result in pure Pammy gold?

JFein said...
Dec 10, 2008, 5:16:00 PM  

It looks like it will indeed be Davis, May, and Holtz doing the Poinsettia Bowl, according to The506.

More thoughts on the announcers: What makes Fox thinks Tim Ryan will know the rules of college football? He doesn't even know the rules of the NFL.

Well, isn't it fitting that the worst announcer gets the worst bowl game? (Pammy in the Independence Bowl)

It should be a fun bowl season. In my opinion, on paper, it looks better than last year's crop of games. Let's hope I'm right and we have some good games!

JFein said...
Dec 10, 2008, 5:41:00 PM  

Brock Huard is on the Terps game... Sweet. He's more hilariously awful than annoying awful.

Chase said...
Dec 10, 2008, 11:42:00 PM  

I can't wait til ESPN take over for FOX.

I can't believe I just said that.

I just threw up in my mouth.

Anonymous said...
Dec 11, 2008, 12:13:00 AM  

anybody know if if espn int will be showing some of these games? I'll be somewhere in Thailand or Laos and want to catch the UT-OSU game. 8am bangkok time aint a bad kick time

Of course I could go to net cafe and catch them

chuck said...
Dec 11, 2008, 5:14:00 AM  

boycott the bailout (rose) bowl.

no bowl game should be sponsored by a company that's been bailed out with taxpayer monies.

(and citi has taken bailout money TWICE!)

finebammer said...
Dec 11, 2008, 5:47:00 AM  

The last hurrah for Vasgersian as this is last assignment for FOX before heading off to the MLB Network. I guess Chris Rose will be taking Matt's place next year on it's NFL coverage.

Michael said...
Dec 11, 2008, 8:50:00 AM  

What a conundrum: Appreciate that your alma mater (NIU) made it to a bowl despite a 6-6 record, or curse the heavens that Pam Ward has your ear one more time?

Hank said...
Dec 11, 2008, 9:15:00 AM  

International Bowl: Connecticut v. Buffalo (ESPN2, Noon)- John Saunders, Jesse Palmer, Doug Flutie

Guess having two Toronto natives and a former CFL star cover the International Bowl is interesting. Was this the work of the ESPN masterminds?

Anonymous said...
Dec 11, 2008, 11:33:00 PM  

According to Clemson's game notes, Craig Bolerjack, Steve Beuerlein, and Dan Fouts will be calling the Gator Bowl, or excuse me, the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl. Anyway, take it for what it's worth I guess.

JFein said...
Dec 12, 2008, 11:36:00 PM  

I believe Lundquist has been announcing the Sun Bowl forever (at least, I remember him announcing it back at least 10 years ago). Saunders has also announced the International Bowl everytime I've caught it on TV. Pretty sure that it's intentional that ESPN is sending 2 Canadians and an ex-CFL player up there so that they can talk about Toronto, Canada, etc. if there is a blowout.

Richard said...
Dec 13, 2008, 2:07:00 PM  

Baldinger is an excellent analyst, as I know from watching him on NFL Network. He's probably mad that FOX has him do beauty pageants ERRRR college bowl games where they don't determine it on the field. AA, what a waste of space. People who watch bowl games under the current system are losers. Give us a playoff already, I'm tired of begging.

Brad James said...
Dec 18, 2008, 1:41:00 PM  

How about some love for Division III and the Stagg Bowl??!!

Zorro34 said...
Dec 18, 2008, 2:44:00 PM  

How about some love for Division III and the Stagg Bowl from Salem??!!

Anonymous said...
Dec 18, 2008, 2:45:00 PM  

I see the dates still haven't been fixed. If January 5th is a Monday, how in the world could January 6th be a Sunday?

Anonymous said...
Dec 18, 2008, 3:43:00 PM  

@ Brad James: There are many excellent football analysts out there. Brian Baldinger is not among them.

One add-on, according to the506, Chris Myers will be the sideline reporter at the national championship game.

JFein said...
Dec 18, 2008, 7:11:00 PM  

They've had the Canadian Trio do the Int'l Bowl each of the past 2 years. It's very intentional.

Anonymous said...
Dec 18, 2008, 9:09:00 PM  

Seriously, thank g-d the BCS is leaving Fox. Kenny Albert? Matt Vasgersian? Thom Brennaman? Was Ron Pitts not available? Thom Brennaman is more insufferable than an Urban Meyer press conference. Charles Davis can't hold a candle to Gary Danielson or Todd Blackledge. It's really embarassing that these are the best guys Fox can find. The only thing worse would be having Bryant Gumble doing a football game...oh wait...

Here's who SHOULD be calling these games no matter what network these games are on: Ron Franklin, Verne Lundquist, & Brent Musburger.

That's it, that's the list.

J.D. In Atlanta said...
Dec 26, 2008, 7:53:00 PM  

It's interesting that, on the ticker on the bottom of the screen during the bowl games, ESPN isn't promoting its own GMAC Bowl telecast!

Could it have something to do with the game being played after the "Capital One Bowl Week" period, which is actually two weeks? (The period ends on January 3.)

As Merv Griffin would say, "Oooooh."

Desmond said...
Dec 27, 2008, 2:04:00 PM  

What are the announcer for fox wearing on thier lapels? All of them are wearing the same pins.

Anonymous said...
Jan 2, 2009, 8:23:00 PM  

Hank,

Although Jesse Palmer was born in Toronto, he calls the old Ottawa suburb of Nepean (now part of the city of Ottawa since amalgamation in 2001) as home. He played most of his amateur football there.

GSC said...
Jan 3, 2009, 1:11:00 PM  

Also, add David Amber to the broadcast team, another Toronto native. It's "aboot" as Canadian of an ESPN broadcast team as you can get, eh?

GSC said...
Jan 3, 2009, 1:15:00 PM  

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