Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pregame, Postgame Florida-Ohio State Shows Are Aplenty

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pregame, Postgame Florida-Ohio State Shows Are Aplenty

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

The hype for Monday night's BCS national championship game between Florida and Ohio State will peak two hours before kickoff, with Jacksonville viewers having their choice of five different television pregame shows between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Sunshine Network gets the jump on the others with a one-hour show starting at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., all three of the area's local TV stations will air specials. WJXT TV-4 and WTLV TV-12 will have hour-long shows, while WAWS FOX-30 will air a 30-minute special before giving way to the Fox network, which will have a 60-minute buildup to the game and its scheduled 8:30 p.m. kickoff.

WJXT is the only local station that will televise a special before Monday. The local independent station is scheduled to air a 30-minute show Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. Earlier in the day, (4:30-5:30 p.m.), Sunshine will show its first of two specials. The show, taped that morning at a Glendale, Ariz., restaurant, will include local announcer Terry Norvelle and have a live alligator on the set.

Sunshine, which carries a live postgame show following all Florida games during the regular season, will have the same on Monday - but only if the Gators win.

"We just don't think the [viewer] interest will be there if they were to lose," Sunshine spokesperson Amy Pempel said. "If Florida wins, we'll have the people at the game that we can handle a postgame show."

Fox will welcome a former outstanding running back from both participating schools as part of its pregame show. All-time NFL leading rusher Emmitt Smith, a former Gator, and 1995 Heisman trophy winner Eddie George, a former Buckeye, will join host Chris Rose and analyst Jimmy Johnson on the set for the pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.

Fox's game broadcast team will consist of play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman, lead analysts Barry Alvarez and Charles Davis and sideline reporter Chris Myers. …

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