American Football Database
Country of originTemplate:TVUS
Running time180 minutes or until game ends
Original channelFox
Fox Sports Networks
Fox College Sports
Fox Sports 1
Picture format480i downconverted letterboxed widescreen (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original runJanuary 1, 1999 (1999-01-01) – present
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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.

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, and FX. National sports network Fox Sports 1 will begin airing games in fall 2013.[1]

Coverage history

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 lasts until the 2014 season.

Beginning in the 2011 season, sister cable channel FX began to air a weekly Saturday game of the week 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 a compliment to Fox Sports' continuing involvement with the Big Ten Network.[3] Additionally, Fox broadcast the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game—it will alternate yearly with ESPN to air the game.[4]

Beginning in the 2012 season, Fox also added regular season games on Saturdays to its lineup; it will 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]


The following are weekly regular season college football broadcast teams for the 2013 season on Fox, FX, Fox Sports Networks, and Fox College Sports (FCS). The studio shows across the networks are hosted by Erin Andrews (on Fox), Patrick O'Neal (on FX), and Kevin Frazier (on FSN), with analysts Eddie George, Joey Harrington (on Fox and FX) and Marcus Allen (on FSN).

Game Play-by-play Analyst Field analyst/reporter Postseason Reporter
FOX Gus Johnson Charles Davis Julie Alexandria Petros Papadakis
FX or FOX Craig Bolerjack Joel Klatt Petros Papadakis none
FX or FOX Bill Weber Eric Crouch Darius Walker none
Fox Sports Networks Joel Meyers Brian Baldinger Jim Knox none
Fox Sports Networks Mike Morgan JC Pearson Laura McKeeman none
Fox Sports Networks Ron Thulin Shaun King Desmond Pernel none
FCS Game of the Week Adam Alexander Gary Reasons Lesley McCaslin none

Other 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. 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 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 2010 NFL on Fox graphics (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


Afternoon Games (3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

Evening Games (7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)

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 14 Saturday 8:00 September 1, 2012 December 1, 2012 2012–2013 TBA TBA

See also


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