EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - AUGUST 16: In this handout image provided by ESPN announcers Ron Jaworski (L) Mike Tirico (C) and Jon Gruden (R) present New York Giants football legend Frank Gifford with a with a commemorative poster reflecting on his career for his 80th birthday in the broadcast booth during halftime of the New York Jets against the New York Giants preseason game at the New Meadowlands Stadium on August 16 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. Gifford was also presented with an an old yellow ABC Sports jacket reflecting on his career. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ESPN via Getty Images)
ESPN has released its announcing schedule for the 2010-11 bowl season. It includes either a pleasant or unpleasant surprise for fans of Virginia Tech and Stanford, depending on how you feel about ESPN's Monday Night Football crew.
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski will call the game while Michele Tafoya will be the sideline reporter. To me, this is good news for fans because it means the network holds the Hokies-Cardinal matchup in high regard to put assign its MNF crew to it.
People are always going to be polarized by announcing teams, but I like ESPN's current MNF crew, especially Tirico and Gruden. The one concern I have is how well quickly they'll be able to prepare for calling a game between two college teams. Regardless, they're sure to do a better job than the guys Fox trotted out for previous BCS games.
Also, Gruden and Jaws being NFL analysts, I expect them to salivate over Andrew Luck throughout the entire broadcast.
Tirico and Gruden will also call the Hall of Fame Bowl on Jan. 1 on ABC and the BCSCG on Jan. 10 for ESPN Radio.