I’m a bit of a sports junkie. And among my favorite of all sports is college football. I have my favorite teams, of course (who doesn’t?), but I also like to keep track of quite a few more, and sometimes those updates along the bottom of the screen don’t come fast enough. It’s easy enough to keep a browser window open to ESPN to watch their live scores, but sometimes I want one-click access. For that, there’s a new Google Chrome extension. Called ESPN College Football, this extension sits in your toolbar. Click it, and you’ll get a fast look at ESPN’s live scores.
You’ll see a list of scores for all teams at first. Of course, since there are more than 100 FBS teams, that’s a lot of games to scroll through. Thankfully, if you’re more of a Big East or Big 10 or SEC fan, you can choose to view scores by conference. Choosing this option makes scrolling through games much quicker, as you likely only have a dozen or so games (during pre-season contests), or five or six once the conference season rolls around.
If you’re a fan of a team in a conference such as the SEC or ACC, which break up their teams into divisions, you can choose that. So if your team is in the Coastal Division or the SEC East, you can just get those games, for really fast updates on what the teams competing against YOUR team are doing on any given Saturday.
Once you see a score you want to investigate further (like the game showing a big upset in the making), just click the game score and you’ll be taken to the ESPN page for that game. There you can see all sorts of stats and updates, to let you know exactly how the game has unfolded.
At the moment, ESPN College Football is really good. It seems to load fairly quickly, which is a big deal. It’s pretty common for some of these web-scraping extensions to load a little slowly, as they first need to grab the data and then format it into their interface, but the ESPN College Football doesn’t seem to suffer from too much lag.
There’s really only one thing I see that’s missing from this extension, and that’s the ability to view only the scores for the ranked teams. If you visit ESPN.com, you’ll see the scoreboard lists only those games, and then gives you the option to view all teams, or filter by conference. It would be nice if this extension offered that ability as well, especially since games involving ranked teams affect so many things (BCS games, conference standings and more). Still, the ESPN College Football extension for Google Chrome is good the way it is. It could definitely be made better, but it already has a good start.