TAMPA, Fla. -- The game is not until Friday at 8 p.m., but the ESPN production crew for the showdown between No. 18 USF and No. 5 West Virginia was on the Tampa campus on Tuesday.
The crew, led by creative producer Amy Stokes, spent an hour with George Selvie and Matt Grothe.
Each player did a one-on-one interview with Stokes in preparation for the broadcast. They also read a series of lines, did dramatic poses and were shot with a light and camera six inches from their face.
All of the speciality shots will be used in the Monday Night Football style lead-in to the game. They will also be used as bumpers coming back and leading into commerical breaks.
ESPN is showcasing the game between the Bulls and Mountaineers as the biggest of the weekend and has brought out its top college football production team.
Additional ESPN personnel was at Raymond James Stadium on Tuesday to install the Sky Cam. The Sky Cam is strung above the playing surface and provides a unique camera angle that was unavailable until recently.