ESPN is still putting together its talent roster for the upcoming bowl season — it dominates the 35-game slate as usual (with CBS and Fox each allowed to grab just one, but that’s it).
The first six that take up Saturday, Monday and Tuesday — all pre-Christmas rush — will cover a range of bowls ranked as high as No. 9 and as low as No. 35 as far as the Yahoo.com assessment goes.
For these first six, here’s how it looks and listens:
Of local interest:
= Las Vegas Bowl: 12:30 p.m., Channel 7: USC vs. Fresno State (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder)
= New Mexico Bowl: 11 a.m., ESPN: Washington State vs. Colorado State (ark Jones, Brock Huard, Jessica Mendoza) On ESPN Radio: John Sadak, Tom Ramsey, Nikki Noto
= Idaho Potato Bowl: 2:30 p.m., ESPN: Buffalo vs. San Diego State (Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport) On ESPN Radio: Marc Kestescher, Dan Hawkins, Marty Cesario
= New Orleans Bowl: 6 p.m., ESPN: Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Jeannine Edwards). On ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinkski, David Norrie, Joe Schad
== Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg: 11 a.m., ESPN: East Carolina vs. Ohio (Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, Paul Carcaterra). On ESPN Radio: Eamon McAnaney, Anthony Becht, Ian Fitzsimmons
== Hawaii Bowl: 5 p.m., ESPN: Boise State vs. Oregon State (Steve Levy, Lou Holtz, Mark May, Maria Taylor). On ESPN Radio: Kevin Winter, Trevor Matich