College Football Bowl Games Tech, Apps and Things You Need to Know
College football fans have been arguing about the BCS for over a decade now. With a four-team playoff around the corner, the Final BCS bowl games are here. If you will be avidly watching or just keeping up with them on the go here are some tips for not missing a single play.
2 College Football Bowl game watching apps
Here are a couple of college football apps you might want on your mobile device to keep up with the action this bowl season:
theScore App is one of the highest rated sports apps on the market. For real time scores, stats and breaking news. It doesn’t get any better than theScore.
With 31 of the 35 bowls being aired on ESPN this year you can’t afford to not have the WatchESPN app. All you need is a cable or satellite provider and you can get all of the bowl games on ESPN live from your phone, tablet, or laptop.
2 College Football Bowl game watching devices
With most of the games occurring right around the New Year, you may be traveling, shopping, or hitting the slopes, making it hard for you to see the games. Here are a couple suggestions that enable you to watch football games online and ensure you don’t miss any of the action:
With Slingbox you can transport your living room experience to almost any phone, tablet, or laptop. Slingbox allows you to control your cable or satellite connection from anywhere. Slingbox starts at about $179.
This is also a great alternative if you can’t be home to catch the games. Roku recently partnered with ESPN to provide the WatchESPN app on the Roku. The Roku is an easily portable device that will allow you to watch the games from anywhere. As long as you have a Wi-Fi connection and a cable or satellite subscription you are good to go. Roku starts at $39.99.
2014 College Football Bowl games to watch
Now that you have a few ways to stay connected to the bowl games this season, here is some essential information for the key match-ups in the BCS games this year:
The Rose Bowl – #4 Michigan State vs. #5 Stanford
Pasadena, Calif., January 1, 2014, 5 p.m. ET ESPN
The grand-daddy bowl game of them all is set up to be an incredible match-up between two teams that were in the national championship picture this season. Stanford (11-2) coming off their Pac-12 championship win over a promising Arizona State, looks to win back-to-back Rose Bowls. While the seemingly over looked Michigan State (12-1) hushed their critics by shutting down then undefeated Ohio State in the Big 10 championship.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – #15 UCF vs. #6 Baylor
Scottsdale, Ariz., January 1, 2014, 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
The Tostitos Fiesta bowl features two schools making their BCS debuts. The Baylor Bears (11-1) backdoored their way to an outright Big-12 title, thanks to the upset of Oklahoma State in the Bedlam Game in Stillwater. Their opponent is a resilient Central Florida (12-1) the winners of the American Athletic Conference, with their only loss being a close game against SEC powerhouse South Carolina.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – #11 Oklahoma vs. #3 Alabama
New Orleans, La., January 2, 2014, 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
The Allstate Sugar Bowl certainly boasts the most combined tradition of any of the teams selected this year. These two teams combined have played in seven of the 16 BCS National Championship games and have a combined 16 AP National championships. After missing out on their three-peat, Alabama (11-1) is stuck with the conciliation of battling an at-large Oklahoma (10-2) with a struggling offense.
Discover Orange Bowl – #12 Clemson vs. #7 Ohio State
Miami Fla., January 3, 2014, 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
After missing out on the National Championship Game, Ohio State (12-1) will try to bounce back from their first loss in over two seasons. Ohio State will now and forever hold the record for most BCS appearances with 10. Clemson (10-2) is playing in their school record ninth straight bowl game, and this will be Clemson’s second BCS appearance in four years.
Vizio BCS National Championship Game – #1 Florida State vs. #2 Auburn
Pasadena, Calif., January 6, 2014, 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Florida State (13-0) remains unbeaten going into the championship game. Lead by redshirt freshman and Heisman winner Jameis Winston, the Seminoles will be going up against a rejuvenated Auburn tigers (12-1). Auburn after not winning a single conference game in 2012 shocked the world with a last second field goal return to upset Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and go on to win the SEC title beating Missouri. Will Florida State be able to keep the SEC from winning their eight straight national championship?