ABC'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL
TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2005
8:00 P.M., ET
FEDEX ORANGE BOWL
BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: NO. 1 USC VS. NO. 2 OKLAHOMA
ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
The BCS National champion will finally be crowned when Heisman trophy winner Mike Leinart leads No.1-ranked and unbeaten USC against unbeaten and No. 2 Oklahoma in the FedEx Orange Bowl, the BCS National Championship game. Live national coverage begins TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, at 8:00 p.m., ET, on ABC Sports, the network of Championship Television.
ABC Sports coverage of the FedEx Orange Bowl will be broadcast in High Definition Television (HDTV). The network's broadcast 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.
BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: FEDEX ORANGE BOWL
NO. 1 USC (12-0, 8-0 PAC-10) VS. NO. 2 OKLAHOMA (12-0, 8-0 Big 12)
Site: Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Announcers: Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Bob Griese (analyst), Lynn Swann (sidelines) Todd Harris (sidelines)
Key Production Staff: Bruce Clark (producer) and Patrick McManus (director).
The Game: USC has claimed its third consecutive Pac-10 crown and will take its No. 1 ranking into the BCS national Championship Game against Oklahoma in the FedEx Orange Bowl. Oklahoma and USC have two of the top gridiron heritages in the country. The Trojans 12-0 record is USC's best start since 1972. USC has won ten national titles, while Oklahoma has seven. The teams have met just eight times, and it's been a dozen years since the last faceoff. USC holds a 5-2-1 lead in its series with Oklahoma, with all contests occurring in the regular season. Oklahoma is one of only two teams to ever beat a No. 1 Trojan team. USC is looking for its eighth perfect (unbeaten, untied season). This is the second time PETE CARROLL has coached against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Heisman Trophy QB MATT LEINART, who also shared Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors with the electrifying TB REGGIE BUSH, will lead the offense. On defense, the Trojans will rely on DE SHAUN CODY, who earned PAC-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. Oklahoma, ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings, will look to QB JASON WHITE on offense.