One of the best things about using an iPad is the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts celebrate these apps.
This week’s pick is one for all of us who are fans of NCAA Football: ESPN College Football. The App Store page for it describes it as the ultimate, year-round companion for every college football fan.
Here are some of its key features:
• All new design for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
• In-progress video alerts of the biggest plays pushed right to you moments after they happen.
• Easy access to live games on WatchESPN
• Personalized My Games scoreboard featuring any college football game you care about
• Comprehensive editorial coverage featuring game previews, recaps, analysis and highlights.
• Signature ESPN analysis videos from our college football team plus exclusive clips from College GameDay, ESPNU and more
• Be the expert with College GameDay voting, video features and matchup breakdowns.
• Team by team Twitter content and discussions.
• Breaking news alerts, scoring alerts, potential upsets and video highlights and analysis alerts
• Bowl Bound section with weekly projections from Brad Edwards for every bowl game
• Team alerts for all 124 FBS schools
I’ve been using the app over the last couple of weeks, as the college football season has got into gear, and it’s a fun resource. It’s got good content during the week and superb content on Saturdays of course.
It’s got lots of good team-specific content if you want to keep a close eye on your favorite or favorites. You can browse through all the major conferences and teams in them. For each team you get news, videos, team leader stats, their full season schedule, and tweets and discussion about them.
You can set score alerts for games you’re particularly interested in – with checkboxes for things like start of game, end of quarters, score alerts and more.
The Top Stories section is always full of good video highlights, headline news stories, and previews of some of the week’s biggest games.
I like the Make Your Picks feature – where you can use a single tap to pick the winner in some of the top games and then see the overall results.
The app has some banner ads at the bottom of its screens, but I really haven’t found them distracting or bothersome.
This app isn’t going to keep you away from a TV set on Saturdays, but just as ESPN advertises it, it’s a pretty fine companion app on game days and throughout the week.
Here’s an App Store link for ESPN College Football.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.