Fox College Football

Fox College Football
Fox College Football
Format Sports
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time 180 minutes or until game ends
Broadcast
Original channel Fox, FSN, Fox College Sports, FX
Picture format 480i downconverted letterboxed widescreen (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01) – present
External links
Website

Fox College Football (stylized as CFB on Fox in logos) is the branding used for broadcasts of NCAA Division I FBS college football produced by Fox Sports.

As of the 2011 season, Fox Sports airs games from the Pac-12 Conference, Big 12 Conference, and Conference USA — telecasts which are aired on FSN affiliates, Fox College Sports, and FX. Additionally, the Fox network also airs college football games, but as of the 2011 season, its coverage is limited to the Cotton Bowl Classic and two conference championship games.

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Coverage history

As of the 2011 season, the Fox network does not air regular season college football games. However, since the 1998 season, Fox has been the official broadcaster of the Cotton Bowl Classic. Fox's current contract for the game was renewed in 2010, and lasts until the 2014 season.

Sister cable channel FX began to air a weekly Saturday game in the 2011 season, featuring match-ups from the Big 12, Pac-12, and Conference USA conferences.[1]

Beginning in the 2011 season, Fox will air the new Big Ten Championship Game as a compliment to Fox's continuing involvement with the Big Ten Network.[2] Additionally, Fox will also alternate with ESPN to broadcast the new Pac-12 Championship Game, which will also debut in 2011. Additionally, Fox will add regular season Pac-12 games to its lineup beginning in the 2012 college football season.[3]

Past coverage

Fox previously aired the Bowl Championship Series (under the title BCS on Fox) from the 2006 through the 2009 seasons, covering all BCS bowl games (including the Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl as well as the BCS Championship Game) except for those held at the Rose Bowl stadium (the Rose Bowl Game and the 2010 BCS Championship Game), as the organizers of the games already had a separate broadcasting arrangement with ESPN on ABC. Fox paid close to $20 million per game to televise the BCS.[4] ESPN would become the exclusive broadcaster of all BCS games (including the Rose Bowl) beginning in the 2010-11 season.[5]

Commentators

The following are weekly regular season college football broadcast teams for the 2011 season on FX, Fox Sports Net (FSN), and Fox College Sports (FCS).

Game Play-by-play Analyst Field analyst/reporter
FX Game of the Week Gus Johnson Charles Davis Tim Brewster
Pac-12 on FSN Craig Bolerjack Joel Klatt Petros Papadakis
Big 12 on FSN Joel Meyers Brian Baldinger Jim Knox
Conference USA on FSN Ron Thulin JC Pearson Jeremy Bloom
Big 12/Conference USA on FSN Bill Land Dave Lapham Emily Jones
FCS Game of the Week Steve Physioc Yogi Roth Desmond Purnell

BCS on Fox commentators

Chris Rose was the studio host for Fox's BCS coverage. In 2007, Fox NFL Sunday had a new feature, a pre-recorded segment named "Grumpy Old Coaches", where Jimmy Johnson and fellow former Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer talked about the week in football. A segment of highlights and commentary of the previous day's college football games is also featured, as a gesture to Fox's then recent acquisition of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). This segment lasted on the show for only the 2007 season.

2009-10 announcers

Game Date, Time (ET) Play-by-play Color analysts Sideline reporter
Sugar Bowl Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. Thom Brennaman Brian Billick Chris Myers
Fiesta Bowl Jan. 4, 8 p.m. Sam Rosen Tim Ryan Chris Myers
Orange Bowl Jan. 5, 8 p.m. Dick Stockton Charles Davis Chris Myers and Laura Okmin

2008-09 announcers

Game Date, Time (ET) Play-by-play Color analysts Sideline reporter
Orange Bowl Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. Thom Brennaman Charles Davis Chris Myers
Sugar Bowl Jan. 2, 8 p.m. Kenny Albert Daryl Johnston Chris Myers and Charissa Thompson
Fiesta Bowl Jan. 5, 8 p.m. Matt Vasgersian Tim Ryan Chris Myers and Laura Okmin
BCS National Championship Jan. 8, 8 p.m. Thom Brennaman Charles Davis Chris Myers

2007-08 announcers

Game Date, Time (ET) Play-by-play Color analysts Sideline reporter
Sugar Bowl Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. Thom Brennaman Charles Davis Chris Myers
Fiesta Bowl Jan. 2, 8 p.m. Matt Vasgersian Terry Donahue and Pat Haden Laura Okmin
Orange Bowl Jan. 3, 8 p.m. Kenny Albert Daryl Johnston and Barry Alvarez Jeanne Zelasko
BCS National Championship Jan. 7, 8 p.m. Thom Brennaman Charles Davis Chris Myers

From Fox Sports, December 4, 2007.[6]

2006-07 announcers

With this broadcast, the Fiesta Bowl became the first bowl game to air on all the "big four" television networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) - the Orange Bowl became the second, the following night.

Eddie George served as a pre-game analyst for the 2007 BCS Championship Game on Fox. He was well known for handing out Ohio State University hats and apparel to fellow analysts during the Buckeyes' 41–14 loss to the University of Florida. He could be seen cheering on the sidelines during most of the game.

Game Date, Time (ET) Play-by-play Color analysts Sideline reporter
Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. Thom Brennaman Barry Alvarez and Charles Davis Chris Myers
Orange Bowl Jan. 2, 8 p.m. Matt Vasgersian Terry Donahue and Pat Haden Laura Okmin
Sugar Bowl Jan. 3, 8 p.m. Kenny Albert Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long Jeanne Zelasko
BCS National Championship Jan. 8, 8 p.m. Thom Brennaman Barry Alvarez and Charles Davis Chris Myers

On-screen graphics and theme music

Until 2011, telecasts of college football games on the Fox network have always variants of the graphics used by NFL on Fox telecasts of the time (along with a red variant of its logo for BCS games), and telecasts on FSN had used the current FSN graphics package. Telecasts began to use the 2010 NFL on Fox graphics (but with a score box using written team names instead of purely logos) as of the 2011 Cotton Bowl Classic, with FSN following suit for the 2011 regular season.

Due to Fox's standardization around the theme for all sports telecasts, college football games on Fox and FX also began to use NFL on Fox theme music as of 2011. Telecasts on FSN utilize different theme music, which as with all other Fox Sports themes, is based on the NFL on Fox theme.

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