Considering the preseason crowning of Oklahoma State as this year’s Cinderella team in college football, I was already expecting ABC’s coverage of Saturday’s game in Stillwater to be heavy on Cowboys hype and ready with a story line about Georgia being the Pokes’ first step in a magical season.
You know the drill. Okie State has all those offensive stars and plays television’s favorite style of offense. Georgia lost all its star power from last year and its defense is suspect. Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN’s “Game Day” even made reference recently to the Dogs “limping” into Stillwater. And he wasn’t just talking hamstrings.
Besides all that, ABC loves the Cowboys, and Saturday’s opener will be OSU’s sixth straight regular season game to be televised by the alphabet network.
Then came the topper: I saw that the ABC crew for the game, slated to kick off at 3:36 p.m. Eastern, will have Sean McDonough on play-by-play, Matt Millen as analyst and Holly Rowe on the sideline.
McDonough is easily my least favorite college football commentator who doesn’t work for Fox Sports. I wasn’t a big fan to start with, dating from his calls of some Braves games back in the early ’90s when he was working baseball, but I wrote him off after the way his coverage of the 2005 game between the Dogs and Vandy crossed the line. A touchdown reception by Georgia’s Bryan McClendon was reviewed by the instant-replay official, and despite the fact that McDonough seemed to think the call clearly should be overturned, it was instead upheld. McDonough whined about it the rest of the game.
Looks like it’ll be a good day to turn down the sound on the TV and listen to Scott Howard and Eric Zeier on the radio.