College Football on TBS
TBS became the first cable station to nationally broadcast college football live when it began airing games during the 1982 season. The games were aired under a special "supplemental" television contract with the NCAA. ESPN followed later the same year, starting with a simulcast of the Independence Bowl match-up between Kansas State and the University of Wisconsin on December 11, 1982, which was the first college football game shown live on ESPN.
When TBS (or WTBS as it was officially known at the time) first broadcast college football in 1982, they aired a package of live Division I-AA games on Thursday night and Division I-A games on Saturday.  games. WTBS was only able to show teams that had not been on national television in 1981. There were a maximum of four teams that had been on regional television on two occasions. Meanwhile, ABC and CBS had the right to take away a game from WTBS as long as it did so no later than the Monday before the game. Bob Neal and Tim Foley were the booth commentators for WTBS during this period. Meanwhile, Craig Sager, Paul Hornung and Pepper Rodgers anchored the pregame show for WTBS.
TBS dropped college football after the 1992 season and left the field for several years. However, it again broadcast college football games from 2002–2006, showing Big 12 and Pac-10 matchups. These were broadcast on the network as part of a sublicensing agreement with Fox Sports Net, who is the national cable partner for both conferences. TBS' coverage was originally known as Big Play Saturday, but this was dropped before the final season. The network aired two games a week for the first four seasons of the contract but dropped to one for some weeks during the final season.
Nickelback's (featuring Kid Rock and Dimebag Darrell) 2003 cover of Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" was used as the theme song for TBS' Saturday Night College Football telecasts. In the show's open, the song is accompanied by a drumline and cymbalists, while clips of the two teams playing the night's featured game are interspersed throughout.
Games on TBS
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- Oct 8: Tennessee 20, LSU 6 at Tennessee
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- Nov 5: Kentucky 17, Vanderbilt 8 at Vanderbilt
- Nov 12: Ole Miss 13, Tennessee 10 at Tennessee
- Nov 19: LSU 20, Tulane 7 at Tulane
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1984 SEC Full Package begins
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- Sept 8: LSU 21, Florida 21 at Florida
- Sept 15: Georgia Tech 16, Alabama 6 at Georgia Tech
- Sept 22: Kentucky 30, Tulane 26 at Tulane
- Sept 29: Auburn 29, Tennessee 10 at Auburn
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- Oct 13: Georgia 18, Ole Miss 12 at Georgia
- Oct 20: Georgia 62, Vanderbilt 35 at Georgia
- Oct 27: Georgia 37, Kentucky 7 at Kentucky
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- Nov 10: Florida 27, Georgia 0
- Nov 17: Florida 25, Kentucky 17 at Kentucky
- Nov 24: Ole Miss 24, Miss State 3 at Miss State
- Dec 1: Tennessee 29, Vanderbilt 13 at Vanderbilt
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- Sept 14: Georgia 17, Baylor 14 at Georgia
- Sept 21: Florida State 19, Memphis State 10 at FSU
- Sept 28: Alabama 40, Vanderbilt 20 at Vanderbilt
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- Oct 12: Auburn 59, Florida State 26 at Auburn
- Oct 19: Tennessee 16, Alabama 14 at Alabama
- Oct 26: Georgia 26, Kentucky 6 at Georgia
- Nov 2: LSU 14, Ole Miss 9 at Ole Miss
- Nov 9: Vanderbilt 31, Kentucky 24 at Vanderbilt
- Nov 16: Tennessee 34, Ole Miss 14 at Tennessee
- Nov 23: Tennessee 42, Kentucky 0 at Kentucky
- Nov 30: Tennessee 30, Vanderbilt 0 at Tennessee
- Nov 30: Georgia Tech 20, Georgia 16 at Georgia Tech
- Sept 6: Alabama 42, Vanderbilt 10 at Alabama
- Sept 13: Miss State 27, Tennessee 23 at Tennessee
- Sept 20: Florida State 10, North Carolina 10 at FSU
- Sept 27: Michigan 20, Florida State 16 at Michigan
- Oct 4: Georgia 14, Ole Miss 10 at Georgia
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- Oct 18: Georgia 38, Vanderbilt 16 at Georgia
- Oct 25: Georgia Tech 14, Tennessee 13 at Georgia Tech
- Nov 1: Alabama 38, Miss State 3 at Miss State
- Nov 8: Kentucky 34, Vanderbilt 22 at Kentucky
- Nov 15: Tennessee 22, Ole Miss 10 at Ole Miss
- Nov 22: Ole Miss 24, Miss State 3 at Ole Miss
- Nov 29: Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 24 at Georgia
- Sept 5: Miami 31, Florida 3 at Miami
- Sept 12: Tennessee 38, Miss State 10 at Miss State
- Sept 19: Florida 23, Alabama 14 at Alabama
- Sept 26: Auburn 20, Tennessee 20 at Tennessee
- Oct 3: Tennessee 38, California 12 at Tennessee
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- Oct 17: LSU 34, Kentucky 9 at LSU
- Oct 24: Georgia 17, Kentucky 14 at Georgia
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- Nov 7: Georgia 23, Florida 10
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- Sept 10: Auburn 20, Kentucky 10 at Auburn
- Sept 17: LSU 34, Tennessee 9 at Tennessee
- Sept 24: South Carolina 23, Georgia 10 at So. Carolina
- Oct 1: Alabama 31, Kentucky 27 at Kentucky
- Oct 8: Ole Miss 22, Alabama 12 at Alabama
- Oct 15: Vanderbilt 24, Florida 9 at Vanderbilt
- Oct 22: Kentucky 16, Georgia 10 at Kentucky
- Oct 29: LSU 31, Ole Miss 20 at LSU
- Nov 5: Georgia 26, Florida 3
- Nov 12: LSU 20, Miss State 3 at Miss State
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- Nov 26: Georgia 24, Georgia Tech 3 at Georgia
- Sept 2: Southern Miss 30, Florida State 26 in Jacksonville
- Sept 2: Ole Miss 24, Florida 19 at Florida
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- Sept 16: Georgia 15, Baylor 3 at Georgia
- Sept 23: Alabama 15, Kentucky 3 at Alabama
- Sept 30: Alabama 20, Vanderbilt 14 at Vanderbilt
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- Oct 14: Georgia 35, Vanderbilt 16 at Vanderbilt
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- Oct 28: Tennessee 45, LSU 39 at LSU
- Nov 4: Alabama 23, Miss State 10 at Alabama
- Nov 11: Georgia 17, Florida 10
- Nov 18: Auburn 20, Georgia 3 at Georgia
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- Dec 2: Tennessee 17, Vanderbilt 10 at Tennessee
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- Sept 8: Tennessee 40, Miss State 7 at Miss State
- Sept 15: Florida 17, Alabama 13 at Alabama
- Sept 22: Vanderbilt 24, LSU 21 at Vanderbilt
- Sept 29: Florida 34, Miss State 21 at Florida
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- Oct 13: Ole Miss 28, Georgia 12 at Georgia
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- Oct 27: Florida State 27, LSU 3 at FSU
- Nov 3: Alabama 22, Miss State 0 at Miss State
- Nov 10: Florida 38, Georgia 7
- Nov 17: Florida 47, Kentucky 15 at Kentucky
- Nov 24: Tennessee 42, Kentucky 28 at Tennessee
- Dec 1: Georgia Tech 40, Georgia 23 at Georgia
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- Sept 14: Tennessee 30, UCLA 16 at Tennessee
- Sept 21: Tennessee 26, Miss State 24 at Tennessee
- Sept 28: Florida 29, Miss State 7 at Citrus Bowl
- Oct 5: Southern Miss 10, Auburn 9 at Auburn
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- Oct 19: LSU 29, Kentucky 26 at Kentucky
- Oct 26: Georgia 49, Kentucky 25 at Georgia
- Nov 2: Alabama 13, Miss State 7 at Alabama
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- Nov 16: Georgia 37, Auburn 27 at Georgia
- Nov 23: Tennessee 16, Kentucky 7 at Tennessee
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- Gary Bender
- Chip Caray
- Skip Caray
- Kevin Harlan
- Verne Lundquist
- Bob Neal
- Lindsey Nelson
- Ron Thulin
- Pete van Wieren - After joining TBS Sports in 1975, he covered the Atlanta Flames of the National Hockey League, Big Ten Conference college football games on TBS, the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Falcons NFL pre-season football.
- Trev Alberts
- Charles Davis
- Archie Griffin
- Pat Haden
- Paul Hornung
- Tim Foley
- Mark May
- Alan Page
- Tom Ransey
- Dave Rowe
- Sam Wyche
- Erin Andrews - She worked as a studio host for Turner Sports from 2002–04, covering the Atlanta Braves and college football for TBS and Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Hawks for Turner South.
- Marc Fein
- Craig Sager - Sager reported from the sideline for TBS' Pac-10/Big 12 college football coverage from 2002 to 2006. He also served as the sideline reporter for the 50th annual Delchamps Senior Bowl from Ladd Memorial Stadium in Mobile, AL, and the 1998 and 2000 Micron PC Bowl, formerly known as the Carquest Bowl.
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- WTBS, Ted Turner's superstation, also has carried college football this year for the first time. But WTBS isn't as polished as ABC or CBS and never had a chance to make our TV Bowl.
- The NCAA said O.K., but the other college football broadcasters—WTBS, Ted Turner's SuperStation, and ABC—wouldn't allow CBS to broadcast extra games without extracting several pounds of teleflesh. Turner wasn't even disposed to let CBS move a Division I-A game from Saturday to Sunday without the network making what it considered unreasonable concessions. For example, he wanted CBS to promise not to schedule college telecasts opposite the proposed NFL Players Association All-Star games, the rights to which he owns.
- "Turner Cable TV Gets N.C.A.A. Football Pact". New York Times. January 28, 1982. Retrieved 2006-09-06.
- College Football has aired frequently on TBS throughout the years. Here's a nice Quantel-made promo for a matchup between West Virginia and Maryland.
- Next month the College Football Association (CFA) will award its Saturday night cable TV rights for '85. "We're going to take a serious swing at it," says Turner. Last year ESPN paid $9.3 million for the CFA. This year, only Turner may know where the bidding will stop. ESPN has to be uneasy. Says its president, Bill Grimes, "Turner was our competitor last time, on the USFL. Since we edged him out for it, I'm sure he'll be more motivated than last time."
- And oh, yes, there's a third winner of sorts, Paul Hornung, co-host of the Saturday studio show on WTBS, the Turner superstation (see box). When the NCAA controlled TV, it kept Hornung off college games because of his NFL suspension for gambling and his closer identification with the pro game.
- OUR FIRST ANNUAL SHAME-ON-YOU AWARD—To WTBS-TV, Ted Turner's superstation, for allowing the NCAA to have veto power over its football announcers. TBS had to get rid of Pepper Rodgers and Paul Hornung when the censors from Shawnee Mission, Kans., found them unsavory.
- You have your choice of either another CFA game on ESPN or an SEC matchup on WTBS, the Ted Turner superstation.
- TBS dropping Big XII football games
- "OSU v Texas Tease". YouTube. 2006-12-15. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
- Thulin will begin his third-consecutive year as the play-by-play announcer for TBS' 2004-05 college football coverage.
- Davis will serve as the analyst for TBS' college football coverage of the Pac-10 and Big 12 for the third consecutive year.
- Erin Andrews returns to provide atmosphere pieces from the site that showcase the tradition and pageantry of these two great conferences.
- For the third consecutive year, he will also report from the sideline for TBS' Pac-10/Big 12 college football coverage.
- "Turner Newsroom: Home". News.turner.com. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
- Following a successful seven-year career in New York as a stage actor, television commercial and voice-over artist, Kevin Christopher switched career gears and signed on as the Sports Anchor for Turner Broadcasting's TBS Evening News in the spring of 1980. For the next seven years he was the main studio anchor for Atlanta Braves baseball, Atlanta Hawks basketball, NBA basketball, SEC College football and the Sunday night Coors Sports Page highlight show, as well as a contributor to CNN and Headline News.
- Marc Fein will serve as studio host for TBS’s coverage of Big 12 and PAC-10 college football in 2006. He previously handled sideline reporting duties for the networks’ college football coverage in 2004.
- He also hosted college football games on TBS Superstation for the 2002-03 season, dubbed Big Play Saturday.
- He was a sports anchor for CNN while also serving TBS Sports as the anchor of College Football Scoreboard for four years (1982-85).
- Turner Sports announced today that legendary Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Brian Bosworth will join TBS Superstation's Big PlayStation Saturday this season as a studio analyst for its pre-game, post-game and halftime shows.