College Football Final is a one hour program totally devoted to college football and airs every Saturday night during the college football season. It was previously named College Gameday Final until 2006. It is seen at 12am ET on ESPN and lasts until 1am ET and the program re-airs at 7:30 or 8:00 am the next morning. It is similar to ESPN's Baseball Tonight, NBA Fastbreak, NFL Live, and College GameNight, except that it only appears once a week. The program breaks down the days' games with highlights of all the biggest games, analysis of the big stories and a look ahead to next weeks match ups. The program is presented in high definition on ESPN HD, except for the on site reports.
The host of College Football Final, since 1999, is ESPN sportscasting veteran Rece Davis. Joining Davis with analysis are College Football Hall of Fame Pittsburgh offensive lineman Mark May (since 2001) and head coach Lou Holtz. Davis, Holtz, and May also appear all day long during half time reports and College Football Scoreboard. Trev Alberts, who was a former analyst on the show, resigned after the 2004 season saying, he was tired of being second to the College GameDay gang all the time, Holtz later replaced him. Throughout the show they go live to the College GameDay site with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit to get their thoughts on the day that was.
- Highlights is the part when they run down all of the biggest games of the day in college football from the top 25 to the rivalries and is usually the longest segment.
- Game Changing Performance is the part of the show when all the analysts tell who they thought had the biggest game changing performance.
- Helmet Stickers is when each of the panelists, including the host, give out two helmet stickers to the players in their mind deserve it the most.
- GameDay Final Thoughts is when they send it out live to the College GameDay gang, where ever they are that week, for Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit to give their final thoughts on all the happening around the world of college football.
- Lasting Impressions is when both Holtz, May and Davis deliver a monologue with their overall thoughts about the day's games or events from around the country.
- Garage is a segment similar to The Ultimate Highlight on SportsCenter, in which they run all of the best plays of the day while music is playing in the background.
- Poll Movements this is when the people on the show move teams up or down in the polls before they come out on Sunday as to how a team played that day so if a team is ranked #5 and loses they predict or give their opinions as to where they think that team should be ranked.
- The Big Play is when Mark May and Lou Holtz break down a specific play from a game. The play is telestrated and frozen at key points to provide analysis of why the play was successful or unsuccessful.
- The Final Verdict Where Rece is a judge and presents a case in which Mark and Lou are to argue over. Rece picks a winner and the decision usually appears on ESPN.com