Fox College Football

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Fox College Football
Fox College Football logo.jpg
Format Sports
Country of origin United States
Running time 180 minutes or until game ends
Original channel Fox
Fox Sports Networks
Fox College Sports
Fox Sports 1
FX 2011-2012
Picture format 480i downconverted letterboxed widescreen (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01) – present
External links

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

Fox Sports airs games from the Pac-12 Conference, Big 12 Conference, and Conference USA—telecasts which are aired on the Fox network, Fox College Sports, Fox Sports Networks, FX, and Fox Sports 1 & 2.[1]

Coverage history[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] Additionally, Fox broadcast the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game—future editions of the game would alternate between ESPN and Fox.[4]

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.

Past coverage[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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. The Cotton Bowl was the only game among the six that was not already broadcast by ESPN.[7][8]


The following are weekly regular season college football broadcast teams for the 2013 season on Fox, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports Networks, and Fox College Sports (FCS).

Game Play-by-play Analyst Field analyst/reporter
FOX Gus Johnson Charles Davis Molly McGrath
FOX or Fox Sports 1 Saturday Tim Brando Brady Quinn TBA
Fox Sports 1 Thursday Night Tim Brando Joel Klatt TBA
Fox Sports 1 Joe Davis Joey Harrington Kris Budden
Fox Sports 1 Craig Bolerjack Ryan Nece TBA
Fox Sports Networks Mark Followill Brian Baldinger J.C. Pearson
Fox Sports Networks Ron Thulin Dave Lapham Jim Knox
Fox College Sports- WIAC Game of the Week Bob Brainerd Bill Brophy Greg Voeller
In-Studio Shows Host Analyst(s) Reporter
Fox Sports 1 Thursday Night pre-games and halftime Rob Stone Coy Wire and Ryan Nece
Fox Sports 1 Saturday halftime Rob Stone Matt Leinart, Joel Klatt, Petros Papadakis or Coy Wire
Fox College Saturday pre-games and halftime Rob Stone Dave Wannstedt and Joel Klatt

Other commentators[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Game schedules[edit]



Nielsen Ratings[edit]


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
(in millions)
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fox Sports announces Fox Sports 1". Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Lafayette, Jon (March 27, 2011). "FX Tackles College Football". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ "ESPN, Fox Tie Up Pac-12 Rights For $3 Billion: Reports". Multichannel News. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Steven Zeitchik - Fox faces BCS contract challenges. The Hollywood Reporter, December 28, 2007
  6. ^ Dufresne, Chris (June 13, 2009), "Rose Bowl game moving to ESPN in 2011", Los Angeles Times 
  7. ^ "ESPN to televise college football playoff in 12-year deal". ESPN. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ John Ourand and Michael Smith (November 9, 2012). "ESPN homes in on 12-year BCS package". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 

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