ESPN 700 This Week: 23-Game College Bowl Slate Kicks off Saturday


BYU-UTEP Match-up in Albuquerque Kicks off at 12:00 p.m. MT;

“Home of the Utes” Continues to Ramp up Coverage for Utah-Boise State Showdown in MAACO Bowl Las Vegas


SALT LAKE CITY (Tuesday, December 14, 2010)ESPN 700 Sports Radio will serve as Utah’s radio headquarters during the upcoming college bowl season, with the “Home of the Utes” providing the most in-depth coverage in the build-up to the #19-ranked University of Utah’s appearance in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas next Wednesday, December 22 against the #10 Boise State Broncos. The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will be just one of 23 bowl games hitting the airwaves on ESPN 700 throughout the next month, culminating with all five Bowl Championship Series contests, including the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between #1 Auburn and #2 Oregon on Monday, January 10.

The bowl season begins this Saturday, December 18 at 12:00 p.m. MT, when the BYU Cougars will square off against Conference USA’s UTEP Miners in the New Mexico Bowl down in Albuquerque. See below for ESPN 700’s full 2010/11 bowl game slate, which will also feature the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl (Saturday), R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (Saturday), Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl (Tuesday, Dec. 21), San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (Thursday, Dec. 23), and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Friday, Dec. 24) before the Christmas holiday.

Every weekday afternoon from 2:00-6:00 p.m. MT, the “Bill & Spence” Show with Bill Riley & Spencer Checketts is the place to be for all things MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. The wall-to-wall coverage continued Monday when the guys somehow kept pace with Utah wide receiver and special teams standout Shaky Smithson before talking with Broncos play-by-play voice Bob Behler to get the Boise State perspective on the match-up. Both of those interviews, in addition to yesterday’s weekly press conference with head coach Kyle Whittingham, can be found in the audio archives at The college gridiron talk continues all week long on “Bill & Spence,” featuring UTEP play-by-play man John Teicher on today’s program to preview Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl and tomorrow’s chat with ESPN studio host Rece Davis at 3:40 p.m.

It’s not all college football on “Bill & Spence” this week, as the duo will talk with Utah Jazz assistant coach Scott Layden on today’s show, while tomorrow’s slate includes MLB “hot stove” chatter with writer Scott Miller and a visit with Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis to catch up on all things “Claret-and-Cobalt” on the home of RSL. Thursday will see some familiar faces drop by the program, as Gordon Chiesa will fulfill his duties as the show’s “NBA Insider,” while RSL Founder and former Utah Jazz President Dave Checketts will chime in at 5:10 p.m. for his weekly “Big Interview” appearance.

There’s more than football bragging rights on the line between Utah and Boise State in the next week, as the Runnin’ Utes men’s basketball squad will play host to the Broncos Friday night at the Huntsman Center. Pre-game coverage on the “Home of the Utes” will begin at 6:30 p.m. MT, with tip-off on “The Hill” following at 7:00 p.m. ESPN 700’s live weekend sports coverage continues Sunday, when the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins will renew one of the NFL’s most intense rivalries. The NFC East grudge match kicks off at 11:00 a.m., with pre-game coverage starting a half-hour earlier.

ESPN 700 is as easy to listen to as ever thanks to the station’s iPhone application, which can be downloaded for free online at the iTunes Store – just search “ESPN 700” to find the newly-unveiled “app.” Listeners can stay up-to-date on upcoming events, “Bill & Spence” guests and poll questions, and much more by visiting ESPN 700’s Facebook fan page, located at, or via Twitter at,, and

Kicking off each day with ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” from 4:00-8:00 a.m. MT, ESPN 700’s day continues with “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” from 8:00-11:00 a.m. before “The Dan Patrick Show” runs from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Local “ESPN 700 SportsCenter” breaks are featured throughout the national programming, prior to “Bill & Spence” delving deep into the issues of the day from 2:00-6:00 p.m., including the “Big Interview of the Day” segment at 5:10 p.m. featuring a variety of both local and national newsmakers throughout the week.


2010-11 ESPN 700 College Football Bowl Schedule (all times MT)

New Mexico Bowl                                          Albuquerque, N.M.         Sat, Dec. 18
BYU vs. UTEP                                                 University Stadium         12 p.m.                           

uDrove Humanitarian Bowl                        Boise, Idaho                     Sat., Dec. 18
Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State                  Bronco Stadium              3:30 p.m.                        

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl                New Orleans                    Sat., Dec. 18
Ohio vs. Troy                                                    Louisiana Superdome   7 p.m.

Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl      St. Petersburg, Fla.         Tues., Dec. 21
Southern Mississippi vs. Louisville               Tropicana Field               6 p.m.

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl                             Las Vegas                        Wed., Dec. 22
Utah vs. Boise State                                        Sam Boyd Stadium        6 p.m.

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl   San Diego                        Thurs., Dec. 23
Navy vs. San Diego State                              Qualcomm Stadium       6 p.m.                             

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl                                  Honolulu                          Fri., Dec. 24
Hawaii vs. Tulsa                                              Aloha Stadium                6 p.m.

Champs Sports Bowl                                   Orlando, Fla.                    Tues., Dec. 28
West Virginia vs. NC State                             Florida Citrus Bowl         4:30 p.m.

Insight Bowl                                                    Tempe, Ariz.                     Tues., Dec. 28
Missouri vs. Iowa                                             Sun Devil Stadium         8 p.m.

Texas Bowl                                                     Houston                            Wed., Dec. 29
Illinois vs. Baylor                                              Reliant Stadium              4 p.m.                             

Valero Alamo Bowl                                        San Antonio                    Wed., Dec. 29
Oklahoma State vs. Arizona                          Alamodome                     7:15 p.m.

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl         Dallas                                Thurs., Dec. 30
Army vs. SMU                                                  Gerald J. Ford Stadium  10 a.m.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl                               Bronx, N.Y.                       Thurs., Dec. 30
Kansas St. vs. Syracuse                                 Yankee Stadium             1:20 p.m.                        

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl      San Diego                        Thurs., Dec. 30
Nebraska vs. Washington                              Qualcomm Stadium       8 p.m.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl                                Memphis, Tenn.              Fri., Dec. 31
Georgia vs. UCF                                              Liberty Bowl                     1:30 p.m.

Chick-fil-A Bowl                                             Atlanta                              Fri., Dec. 31
South Carolina vs. Florida State                   Georgia Dome                 5:30 p.m.

Outback Bowl                                                 Tampa, Fla.                      Sat., Jan. 1
Florida vs. Penn State                                    Raymond James Stadium       11 a.m.

Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO      Pasadena, Calif.             Sat., Jan. 1
Wisconsin vs. TCU                                          Rose Bowl                        3 p.m.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl                                     Glendale, Ariz.                 Sat., Jan. 1
Connecticut vs. Oklahoma                             U. of Phoenix Stadium  6:30 p.m.

Discover Orange Bowl                                 Miami                                Mon., Jan. 3
Stanford vs. Virginia Tech                              Sun Life Stadium           6:30 p.m.

Allstate Sugar Bowl                                      New Orleans                    Tues., Jan. 4
Ohio State vs. Arkansas                                 Louisiana Superdome   6:30 p.m.

BBVA Compass Bowl                                  Birmingham, Ala.            Sat., Jan. 8
Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky                                  Legion Field                     10 a.m.

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl                              San Francisco                 Sun., Jan. 9
Nevada vs. Boston College                           AT&T Park                        7 p.m.

Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
Oregon vs. Auburn                                          Glendale, Ariz.                 Mon., Jan. 10
                                                                            U. of Phoenix Stadium  6:30 p.m.