ESPN Player To Stream Croke Park Classic

2014 NCAA College Football Available on ESPN Player

  • More than 400 of this year's NCAA College Football games on ESPN Player, beginning with the Croke Park Classic in Dublin
  • ESPN Player broadcasting the games that matter, including Bowl Games, the BCS Championship Playoffs and the BCS Championship Game
  • Available online, on smartphone and on LG and Samsung Smart TVs
ESPN Player, the live and on-demand sports streaming service, will broadcast more than 400 games from the new NCAA College Football season, beginning with the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland, on August 30th as the Penn State Nittany Lions face the University of Central Florida Knights.

Fans of NCAA College Football will also be able to see hundreds of games throughout the 2014-15 season on ESPN Player, including the first-ever College Football Playoff and the entire Bowl Season.

The Croke Park Classic is ESPN Player’s curtain-opener for the 2014 NCAA College Football season, and will see two-time National Champions Penn State host the four-time winners of The American Athletic Conference, University of Central Florida.

The Dublin match-up marks the first time that either university has played outside of the US. However, the Croke Park Classic continues a tradition of American College Football games being contested in Ireland, stretching back to the first ‘Emerald Isle Classic’ held in 1988 at Lansdowne Road. The last American football game hosted at Croke Park was in 1996, when Notre Dame defeated Navy. Both teams were in Dublin again last year, with a capacity attendance of 50,000 watching the game at the Aviva Stadium.

NCAA fans will be excited to see Penn State’s senior linebacker Mike Hull alongside sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2013/14 and has been tipped as a future NFL star. UCF’s Justin Homan is expected to start at quarterback, replacing Blake Bortles, who was drafted with the third overall pick in the NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. His wide receivers, Breshad Perriman, who was eighth in the American Athletic Conference in total receiving yards last year as a freshman, and J.J. Worton – who scored seven touchdowns last year – are just a few of the names to look out for.

Available in more than 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, ESPN Player will bring fans of collegiate football action hundreds of games from the top schools and conferences, including dozens of Bowl games and the entire College Football Playoffs. The revamped format now includes two Playoff games which will determine who will compete in the National Championship Game, held at the AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas on January 13th .

Last year’s NCAA season was full of surprises, with Florida State Seminoles defeating the Auburn Tigers to be crowned the National Champions. Auburn’s Championship run included the now famous “Kick Bama Kick” game, in which they overcame favourites Alabama by scoring two touchdowns in the final 32 seconds of play - including a 100-yard kick return to seal victory as time expired. That game was watched by 11.8 million people – the highest ever recorded at that time for college football.

Annual subscriptions to ESPN Player’s College Pass, which also features NCAA Basketball and Baseball, cost €119.99, with monthly and day passes also available. Fans of NCAA College sports are able to pause, rewind and relive the action at their convenience online, on smartphone and on LG and Samsung Smart TVs.