ABC'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL
NEW YEAR'S DAY, SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2005
1:00 P.M., ET
CAPITAL ONE BOWL: NO. 11 LSU VS. NO. 13 IOWA
ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY CITI: NO. 5 TEXAS VS. NO. 14 MICHIGAN
8:30 P.M., ET
TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL: NO. 6 UTAH VS. NO. 23 PITTSBURGH
ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
ABC Sports, home of the Bowl Championship Series, will ring in the New Year with a blockbuster bowl game tripleheader involving several of the nation's hottest teams. The action kicks off at 1:00 p.m., ET, with the Capital One Bowl, where Big 10 Co-Champion and No. 13 Iowa will battle No. 11 LSU of the SEC. The action continues at 4:30 p.m., ET, when No. 5 Texas and Big Ten Co-Champion No. 14 Michigan collide in the "Granddaddy of Them All," the venerable Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi. ABC's Bowl game coverage will culminate in Primetime at 8:30 p.m., ET, with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, showcasing Mountain West Champion & unbeaten No. 6 Utah against No. 23 and Big East Co-Champion Pittsburgh.
ABC Sports bowl game coverage will be broadcast in High Definition Television (HDTV). The Network's HDTV broadcast of the BCS games will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format.
ABC SPORTS COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO GOES ON THE ROAD:
ABC Sports College Football Studio team of John Saunders, Craig James and Aaron Taylor will take the show on the road and be live on-site at the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl for pre-game and halftime shows for the BCS bowls. They will set up and analyze each of the bowl games and will be joined by special guests throughout the telecasts. Tim Weinkauf is the producer and Calvin Haywood is the director of the ABC College Football Studio Show.
1:00 P.M., ET, NATIONAL COVERAGE: CAPITAL ONE BOWL
NO. 13 IOWA (9-2, 7-1, BIG TEN) VS. NO. 11 LSU (9-2. 6-2 SEC)
Site: Florida Citrus Stadium in Orlando, FL.
Announcers: Gary Thorne (play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (analyst) and Dr. Jerry Punch (sidelines).
Key Production Staff: Mitch Green (producer) and Margaret Gallin (director).
The Game: The Capital One Bowl will mark the first meeting between LSU and Iowa in football. Iowa has won a share of the Big Ten title two of the last three years. For the second time in three years, KIRK FERENTZ has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Winners of seven straight games, Iowa is ranked 13th in the BCS. All-Big Ten QB DREW TATE and the Iowa offensive passing attack have generated 2,594 yards this season. The 235.8 yards per game rank sixth-best in a single season for Iowa. The Iowa defense will be spearheaded by first team all-Big Ten DE MATT ROTH. LSU will play in a bowl game for the fifth straight year. The Tigers, winners of its last six games, bring a 9-2 record into the Iowa contest. Tiger head coach NICK SABAN, who was recently hired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, will see a familiar face when LSU faces Iowa. Saban and Iowa head coach Ferentz were on the same staff at the Cleveland Browns in 1993 and 1994. Saban served as the defensive coordinator for the
Brown, while Ferentz was Cleveland's offensive line coach. QB MARCUS RANDALL will call the signals for the LSU. DE MARCUS SPEARKS, who capped a tremendous career by being named to the Walter Camp Foundation and the American Football Coaches Association All-American team, will lead the defense.
4:30 P.M., ET, NATIONAL COVERAGE: ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY CITI
NO. 5 TEXAS (10-1, 7-1 BIG 12) VS. NO. 14 MICHIGAN (9-2, 7-1 BIG TEN)
Site: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA.
Announcers: Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Todd Harris (sidelines).
Key Production Staff: Jeff Kibler (producer) and Derek Mobley (director).
The Game: After posting a decisive 26-13 win over No. 22 Texas A&M in its regular-season finale (Nov. 26), sixth-ranked Texas (10-1, 7-2 Big 12/2nd South) will mark its first BCS bowl appearance at the 91st Rose Bowl Game, presented by Citi. Texas enters the contest riding a six-game winning streak. QB VINCE YOUNG will once again call the plays on offense. Young will get plenty of help on the ground from explosive RB CEDRIC BENSON, who earned several honors after the 2004 regular season. Benson became Texas' third Doak Walker Awardwinner (nation's top running back). He also earned the Cingular ABC Sports All-America Player of the Year Award and was a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection. LB DERRICK JOHNSON, Texas' first-ever Butkus Award winner and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, will be spearheading the defense. The Michigan Wolverines will make their league-leading 19th appearance in the "Grandaddy of Them All" on New Year's Day. Michigan has appeared in more Rose Bowls than any other Big Ten school and trails on Southern California (29) in overall appearances by both conferences. Michigan earned a share of the 2004 Big Ten Championship with Iowa following a 7-1 regular season. The Wolverine's offense will be sparked by BRAYLON EDWARDS, who claimed the 2004 Biletnikoff Award as the nation's outstanding wide receiver. Edwards enters the match-up looking to collect 100-yards receiving in his third consecutive bowl game and second straight Rose Bowl game. TB MIKE HART enters the 2005 Rose Bowl after a stellar regular season in which he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
8:30 P.M., ET, TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL
NO. 6 UTAH (11-0, 7-0 MWC) VS. NO. 23 PITTSBURGH (8-3, 4-2 Big East)
Site: Arizona's State's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
Announcers: Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Gary Danieldson (analyst) and Lynn Swann (sidelines).
Key Production Staff: Bob Goodrich (producer) and Steve Beim (director).
The Game: Utah has made history by becoming the first school from a non-Bowl Championship Series conference to earn a berth in a BCS bowl. Utah is the outright Mountain West Conference Champion for the second straight year, while Pitt tied with three other teams for first place in the Big East. Utah's defensive coordinator KYLE WHITTINGHAM was named the new head coach on Dec. 8. Whittingham requested that outgoing coach URBAN MEYER serve as head coach of Utah's Fiesta Bowl team before departing for his new job at Florida. Meyer captured his second straight Coach of the Year award in the Mountain West Conference. QB ALEX SMITH, the MWC Offensive Player of the Year, will direct the offense. Co-Defensive Player of the Year MORGAN SCALLEY will anchor the defense. After claiming a share of this year's Big East Conference title, Pittsburgh earned its first-ever Bowl Championship Series invite. The Panthers won six of their final seven games to earn a trip to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl berth, their first January bowl game since the 1983 season. Pittsburgh finished its Big East season tied for first with a 4-2 mark. QB TYLER PALKO is playing like one of the finest quarterbacks in the country headed into the 2005 Fiesta Bowl. All-Big East receiver GREG LEE tops the Big East and ranks sixth nationally in both receiving yards (1,204) and receiving yards per game (109.45). Pittsburgh boasts a defense full of sticky fingers when the ball is in the air. The Panthers have 17 interceptions this year to rank eighth nationally and first in the Big East.