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How To Watch College Football Playoff Options: Channels, Streaming, Any Way You Want It

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In case you’re wondering where the games are and the best way for you to view them.

Oklahoma State v Oklahoma Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

There are more options for watching the College Football Playoff than ever before. Don’t like the announcers? Switch to a different channel. Think the announcers hate your team? Switch to the broadcast of your homers.

Don’t like the camera angle? You’ve got options on that as well.

Here’s a simple table of those options, stolen from my favorite TV Channel listing site. It’s my favorite because they always adjust for the my time zone, the Central Time Zone, where all the best people in the US live (note that I’m giving Iowa the benefit of the doubt for the holiday season).

College Football Playoff Options

Options Time Channel
Options Time Channel
CFP Semifinal - Cotton Bowl : Clemson vs. Notre Dame 3:00 PM ESPN / WatchESPN 
CFP Semifinal: Clemson vs. Notre Dame (Coaches film room) 3:00 PM ESPN News / WatchESPN
CFP Semifinal: Clemson vs. Notre Dame (Command center) 3:00 PM ESPN2 / WatchESPN
CFP Semifinal: Clemson vs. Notre Dame (Data Center) 3:00 PM ESPN GoalLine / espn3
CFP Semifinal: Clemson vs. Notre Dame (Spanish) 3:00 PM ESPN Deportes / espn
CFP Semifinal: Clemson vs. Notre Dame (Clemson Radio) 3:00 PM espn3
CFP Semifinal: Clemson vs. Notre Dame (Notre Dame Radio) 3:00 PM espn3
CFP Semifinal: Clemson vs. Notre Dame (All-22) 3:00 PM espn3
CFP Semifinal - Orange Bowl : Alabama vs. Oklahoma 7:00 PM ESPN /  WatchESPN 
CFP Semifinal: Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Coaches film room) 7:00 PM ESPN News / WatchESPN
CFP Semifinal: Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Command center) 7:00 PM ESPN3 / WatchESPN
CFP Semifinal: Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Data Center) 7:00 PM ESPN GoalLine / espn3
CFP Semifinal: Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Spanish) 7:00 PM ESPN Deportes / espn3
CFP Semifinal: Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Alabama Radio) 7:00 PM espn3
CFP Semifinal: Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma Radio) 7:00 PM espn3
CFP Semifinal: Alabama vs. Oklahoma (All-22) 7:00 PM espn3

The mothership has more information on who’s announcing what and where.

If you’re wondering about “Command Center” and “Data Center”, explanations from ESPN:

  • “Command Center”

A split screen with four simultaneous camera views, which could include the main ESPN camera angle, the SkyCam view and isolated camera feeds of both head coaches at any given time. Enhanced statistics and real-time drive charts supplement the game action.

  • “Data Center”

A perfect catch-all viewing option, as ESPN’s main telecast will be surrounded by up-to-date real-time stats, analytics, social media reaction and player information.A perfect catch-all viewing option, as ESPN’s main telecast will be surrounded by up-to-date real-time stats, analytics, social media reaction and player information.

It’d be interesting if they had an option of “knowledgeable guys in bar” talking about the game. Take three guys, one for each team and one who’s not a fan of either, add a bartender, and let them go.

Course, you can’t do that because everything must be controlled, produced, and then controlled some more. Someone might say something offensive (a given) and then it’s all over.

Maybe you should just head to a local sports bar. Set up the same situation. Have fun and then let us know how it goes.