Fox College Football

Fox College Football

Fox College Football
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

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

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 2014 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 ——
Fox Sports 1 Thursday Night Tim Brando Joel Klatt Jenny Taft
Fox Sports 1 Joe Davis Joey Harrington Kris Budden
Fox Sports 1 Craig Bolerjack Ryan Nece
Fox Sports 1 Justin Kutcher Coy Wire
Fox Sports Networks (Big XII) Mark Followill Brian Baldinger Lesley McCaslin
Fox Sports Networks (Big XII) Mike Morgan J.C. Pearson Steffi Sorensen
Fox Sports Networks (Big XII) Ron Thulin Dave Lapham Chad McKee
Fox Sports Networks (ACC) Wes Durham James Bates Hans Heiserer
Fox College Sports (WIAC) Bob Brainerd Bill Brophy Greg Voeller
In-Studio Shows Host Analyst(s) Reporter
Fox Sports 1 Thursday Night pre-games and halftime Rob Stone Petros Papadakis and Dave Wannstedt
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 Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt



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. Both college football and the NFL would use a new bug with text abbreviations in 2012 and 2013.

In 2014, a new graphics package was introduced in which both the NFL and college football use abbreviations, but the NFL bug stacks the scores, while the college version contains the score to the right of the team name.

Theme Music

From 1999-2004, Fox's Cotton Bowl broadcasts used a marching band arrangement of the regular NFL on Fox theme song. Meanwhile, telecasts on FSN used their own distinct theme music. However, the FSN theme was used for the Cotton Bowl from 2004-2006. From 2007-2010, FSN kept its own music, while Fox's BCS and Cotton Bowl broadcasts used a new and distinct theme song. During the 2010-11 season, the one year in which Fox reverted to showing just the Cotton Bowl, the FSN telecasts maintained their usual theme while Fox used its NFL theme for the bowl game. In 2011, Fox began showing regular college football games. Telecasts on Fox and FX used the NFL theme, while FSN continued using its classic theme.

Since the 2012-2013 season, Fox has shown games on all levels, ranging from the network level, to national cable, to regional cable. Telecasts that are aired on any channel other than FSN (Fox, FX, Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2) returned to using the marching band arrangement of the NFL theme that had first been used from 1999-2003. The recording was slightly updated but is essentially the same arrangement. Meanwhile, telecasts on FSN (which have been reduced to regional coverage since 2013), continue to use the theme that has now been used by the network for more than a decade.

Game schedules



Nielsen ratings


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


  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".  
  8. ^ John Ourand and Michael Smith (November 9, 2012). "ESPN homes in on 12-year BCS package". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 

External links

  • Fox Sports on MSN - College football
  • Fang's Bites - Fox College Sports
    • FSN
    • FX