Fox College Football
|Fox College Football|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||180 minutes or until game ends|
Fox Sports Networks
Fox College Sports
Fox Sports 1
|Picture format||480i downconverted letterboxed widescreen (SDTV),
|Original run||January 1, 1999– present|
Beginning in the 2011 season, sister cable channel FX began to air a game of the week on Saturdays featuring match-ups from the Big 12, Pac-12, and Conference USA. The Fox network also began to air the Big Ten Conference's new championship game, as part of Fox Sports' involvement with the Big Ten Network. Additionally, Fox broadcast the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game—future editions of the game would alternate between ESPN and Fox.
Beginning in the 2012 season, Fox also added regular season games on Saturdays to its lineup; it broadcast 8 afternoon games and 12 night games throughout the season, the latter as part of a new strategy to air more sports programming on Saturday nights.
From the 2006 through the 2009 seasons, Fox held the broadcast rights to most Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games; including the Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl as well as the BCS Championship Game. Fox paid close to $20 million per game to televise the BCS. Its contract with the BCS excluded any BCS event held at the Rose Bowl stadium, such as the Rose Bowl Game and the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, as ABC already had a separate arrangement with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association to serve as the broadcaster for the games.
ESPN, who is primarily owned by ABC's parent company and serves as the producer for all of ABC's sports coverage, would displace Fox outright as broadcaster of the BCS beginning in the 2010-11 season. This left the Fox network with only the Cotton Bowl Classic as its remaining game until the 2011-12 season.
Since the 1998 season, Fox had been the broadcaster of the Cotton Bowl Classic. Fox's current contract for the game was renewed in 2010, and lasted until the 2014 season. Fox lost the Cotton Bowl to ESPN for the 2015 edition, as ESPN owns rights for all six bowl games that encompass the College Football Playoff system under a 12-year deal worth over $7.3 billion (however, the Cotton Bowl was the only game among the six that wasn't already broadcast by ESPN).
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. With the BCS on FOX, 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.
On-screen graphics and theme music
Telecasts of college football games on the Fox network have always used variants of the graphics used by NFL on Fox telecasts of the time (along with a red variant of its logo for BCS games, which were branded as BCS on Fox), while telecasts on FSN had used the current FSN graphics package. Telecasts began to use the new standard Fox Sports graphics as introduced by NFL on Fox in 2010 (but with a scoreboard using team names instead of 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. For the 2012 season, the theme music for FX and Fox broadcasts was changed to use a marching band-style arrangement of the NFL on Fox theme.
- September 1, 7:30: Hawaii 10 at #1 USC 49
- September 8, 7:30: #16 Nebraska 30 at UCLA 36
- September 15, 7:30: #2 USC 14 at #21 Stanford 21
- September 22, 7:30: #15 Kansas State 24 at #6 Oklahoma 19
- September 29, 7:30: #12 Texas 41 at Oklahoma State 36
- October 6, 3:00: Arizona 48 at #18 Stanford 54 (OT)
- October 6, 7:00: #8 West Virginia 48 at #11 Texas 45
- October 13, 3:00: Utah 14 at UCLA 21
- October 13, 7:00: #11 USC 24 at Washington 14
- October 20, 3:00: #22 Stanford 21 at California 3
- October 20, 7:00: #4 Kansas State 55 at #17 West Virginia 14
- October 27, 3:30: #15 Texas Tech 24 at #4 Kansas State 55
- November 3, 3:00: TCU 39 at #21 West Virginia 38 (2OT)
- November 3, 7:00: #4 Oregon 62 at #17 USC 51
- November 10, 3:00: #11 Oregon State 23 at #14 Stanford 27
- November 10, 7:00: #2 Kansas State 23 at TCU 10
- November 17, 3:00: #18 USC 28 at #17 UCLA 38
- November 17, 7:00: #12 Oklahoma 50 at West Virginia 49
- November 23, 3:30: #25 Washington at Washington State
- November 24, 2:30: Baylor vs. Texas Tech
- November 24, 6:30:: #8 Stanford at #17 UCLA
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Fox College Football Night on Fox.
|Season||Episodes||Timeslot||Season Premiere||Season Finale||TV Season||Season
|1st||13||Saturday 8:00||September 1, 2012||December 1, 2012||2012–2013||#140||3.24|
|2nd||TBD||Saturday 8:00||September 7, 2013||December 7, 2013||2013–2014||TBD||TBD|
- College football on television
- Bowl Championship Series on television and radio
- The Official BCS Ratings Show
- "Fox Sports announces Fox Sports 1". Retrieved 5 March 2013.
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- Fox To Air New Big Ten Football Championship Game - Broadcaster Secures Rights To Conference's Title Tilt From 2011-16 Multichannel News November 17, 2010
- "ESPN, Fox Tie Up Pac-12 Rights For $3 Billion: Reports". Multichannel News. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- Steven Zeitchik - Fox faces BCS contract challenges. The Hollywood Reporter, December 28, 2007
- Dufresne, Chris (June 13, 2009), "Rose Bowl game moving to ESPN in 2011", Los Angeles Times
- "ESPN to televise college football playoff in 12-year deal". ESPN. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
- John Ourand and Michael Smith (November 9, 2012). "ESPN homes in on 12-year BCS package". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved July 24, 2013.