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Fox College Football
Fox College Football
Fox College Football logo 2017.jpg
Also known asBig Noon Saturday(2019 -present)
College Football on Fox
CFB on Fox
BCS on Fox (2007-2010)
GenreCollege football game telecasts
Presented byGus Johnson
Tim Brando
Joe Davis
Joel Klatt
Spencer Tillman
Brock Huard
Mark Helfrich
Jenny Taft
Coley Harvey
Bruce Feldman
(see section)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons19
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time210 minutes or until game ends
Production companyFox Sports
DistributorFox Corporation
Original networkFox (1999-present)
Fox Sports Networks (1999-2019)
Fox College Sports (2006-2019)
FS1 (2013-present)
FS2 (2013-present)
FX (2011-2012)
Picture formatNTSC
HDTV 720p
Original releaseJanuary 1, 1999 (1999-01-01) -
Related showsBig Noon Saturday
Big Noon Kickoff
External links

Fox College Football (or Fox CFB for short) is the branding used for broadcasts of NCAA Division I FBS college football games produced by Fox Sports, and broadcast primarily by Fox, FS1, and FS2.

Initial college football broadcasts on the Fox network were limited to selected bowl games, beginning with the Cotton Bowl Classic from 1999 to 2014. From 2007 to 2010, Fox broadcast the Bowl Championship Series (excluding games played at the Rose Bowl stadium, whose rights were held by ABC under a separate agreement). In 2012, Fox began to air a regular schedule of Saturday college football games during the regular season.

Among the Power Five conferences, Fox primarily airs coverage of the Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12, and holds rights to the Big Ten and Pac-12 championship games (with the latter alternating yearly with ESPN/ABC). Since 2020, Fox has aired games from the Mountain West Conference (including Boise State home games, and the Mountain West championship game). Fox also holds rights to the Redbox Bowl and Holiday Bowl.

Coverage history

FSN Coverage (1996-2019)

In order to better compete with national networks like ESPN, since its inception the Fox Sports Networks (FSN) has carried college football games from the then Pac-10 conference and Big 12 conference. These telecasts were distributed to individual Fox Sports Networks and other affiliates. In 2011 FSN added a package of C-USA college football games. [1] Many of these games were aired exlucsively, aired as a simulcast, or aired on tape delay on Fox College Sports.

Pac-12 games moved from FSN to regular FOX, FX and eventually FS1 in 2012. [2] The C-USA left Fox Sports entirely in 2016. [3] Leaving the Big 12 as the only college football on FSN between 2016 and 2019.

In 2020, after the completion of the sale of the Fox Sports Networks to Disney, who were then forced to sell the networks to the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Big 12 football stopped airing on FSN because Fox Sports no longer owned the networks. However Stadium, under the Fox Sports brand, distributed a select number of C-USA football games to the Fox Sports networks. Even though these games carried the Fox Sports brand, they were produced by the Sinclair owned Stadium network. [4]

Since 2011, a package of ACC college football games (among other sports) has been distributed to the FSNs and their affiliates. The telecasts were not produced by Fox Sports, but did air using Fox Sports branding and graphics. These telecasts continue to this day, but since the Fox Sports Networks rebranding to Bally Sports, they air using Bally Sports Branding.

Cotton Bowl Classic (1998-2014)

The Fox network acquired its first college football telecast in 1998, when it obtained the broadcast rights to the annual Cotton Bowl Classic held each January on (eventually, the day after) New Year's Day; the first game to be shown on the network as part of the deal was held on January 1, 1999. Fox renewed its contract to carry the game in 2010, in a four-year agreement that ran through the 2013 NCAA college football season.

Fox lost the rights to the Cotton Bowl to ESPN for the 2015 edition, as the cable network holds the television contract to all six bowl games that encompass the College Football Playoff system under a twelve-year deal worth over $7.3 billion. The Cotton Bowl was the only game among the six that was not already broadcast by ESPN.[5][6]

Bowl Championship Series (2006-2007)

From the 2006 through the 2009 seasons, Fox held the broadcast rights to most of the games comprising the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) - including the Sugar Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl and the Orange Bowl, as well as the BCS Championship Game. Fox paid close to $20 million per game for the rights to televise the BCS games.[7] The network's contract with the BCS excluded any event in the series that was 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, which is majority owned by ABC's corporate parent The Walt Disney Company and serves as the producer for all of ABC's sports coverage, would displace Fox outright as the broadcaster of the BCS beginning in the 2010-11 season. This left the Fox network with only the Cotton Bowl Classic as the sole college football game, to which it held the television rights until the 2013-14 season.

Regular Season cable coverage (2011-present)

Beginning with the 2011 season, sister cable channel FX began airing a "game of the week" on Saturdays featuring matchups from the Big 12, Conference USA, and Pac-12.[8] The Fox network also obtained the rights to air the Big Ten Conference's new football championship game beginning that season and running through 2016, as part of Fox Sports' involvement with the Big Ten Network.[9] Fox also acquired bi-yearly rights to the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game, alternating with ESPN/ABC.[10]

Beginning with the 2012 season, Fox added regular season games on Saturdays to its lineup; it broadcast eight afternoon games and twelve nighttime games throughout the season, with the latter telecasts airing as part of a new strategy by the network to carry more sports programming on Saturday nights during prime time. FS1 replaced FX's coverage upon its launch in August 2013, though some overflow coverage has aired on FX occasionally when warranted; since 2017, overflow coverage has been carried on Fox Business Network, which usually carries paid programming on Saturday afternoons of little consequence to pre-emption.[11]

Fox's coverage of the 2015 season opened with a game on FS1 featuring the Michigan Wolverines at the Utah Utes. As the first game featuring new head coach Jim Harbaugh, the season premiere was promoted with a touring "HarBus"--decorated with a sweater and khakis in imitation of Harbaugh's on-field wardrobe--travelling to Salt Lake City for the game, accompanied by a group of "HarBros" dressed like Harbaugh. The tour concluded at Salt Lake City's Grand America Hotel for game day; the bus itself was barred from entering the University of Utah's campus.[12][13]

On July 12, 2016, the San Francisco 49ers announced that they had taken over the Foster Farms Bowl (now known as the Redbox Bowl), and had reached a four-year deal to move the game to Fox and Fox Deportes beginning in 2016.[14] It was also reported by Sports Business Journal that Fox was pursuing a share of the Big Ten's primary football rights.[15] Fox Sports began carrying select college football games in virtual reality for the 2016 season.[16][17] The following year, FS1 also acquired rights to the Holiday Bowl, ending a long-standing relationship with the game and ESPN.[18]

Big Ten addition

On July 24, 2017, the Big Ten Conference announced that Fox and ESPN had acquired rights to its games under a six-year deal beginning in the 2017 season. The contract also includes an extension of Fox's contract to operate Big Ten Network through 2032.[19] The deal gives Fox the first choice of games on most weeks, including marquee games such as the Michigan/Ohio State game--which had been a fixture of ABC's college football schedule for over a half-decade. The game will remain in its traditional noon slot on the last day of the Big Ten's regular season.[20][21]

Fox promoted its addition of Big Ten football with promotional campaigns focusing on each team; a Children of the Corn-themed commercial focusing on the Nebraska Cornhuskers was pulled after complaints by the school.[22]

Mountain West addition

Prior to the 2019 season, Fox lost its rights to future Big 12 championship games to ESPN as part of an expansion of its rights to the conference. Fox declined to bid on the 2019, 2021, and 2023 games.[23]

On January 9, 2020, the Mountain West Conference announced that its next top-tier basketball and football contracts would be split between CBS Sports and Fox Sports under a six-year deal, with Fox replacing ESPN. Fox will hold rights to 23 games per-season, including the conference championship and all Boise State home games (since 2012, as part of concessions to remain in the conference, the Mountain West has allowed Boise State's home games to be sold as a separate package from the remainder of its media rights). CBS Sports Network will remain the main broadcaster for the conference outside of these games.[24][25][26]

Big Noon Saturday (2019-present)

In the 2019 season, Fox introduced a new flagship Noon ET window known as Big Noon Saturday. The games are accompanied by a pre-game show, Big Noon Kickoff.[27][28][29] The new emphasis on early games proved successful: in the first weeks of the 2019 season, Fox had the highest-rated game in the timeslot on multiple occasions.[30]

The package has faced criticism from some teams for allegedly diminishing the profile of games and creating undue impacts on west coast teams due to early kickoff times; after conferences unveiled their schedules for the 2021 season, University of Oklahoma Athletics Director Joe Castiglione issued a statement that the team was "bitterly disappointed" at the scheduling of a game against Nebraska (marking the 50th anniversary of their 1971 "Game of the Century") in the timeslot, stating that the team and Big 12 Conference had made "strenuous efforts to secure a more traditional time that would honor this game and our fans". Stanford head coach David Shaw similarly criticized FS1 and Fox for scheduling noon kickoffs involving visiting Pac-12 teams, arguing that "we have to start sticking up for ourselves as West Coast teams, because we're going to get judged the same, but we're going to be playing against guys that get to sleep in their own beds, sleep in their own time zone and wake up at 8:30 in the morning, while our guys are getting up at 6:30 in the morning and losing those two hours of sleep."[31][32]

In August 2021, University of Oklahoma president Joe Harroz cited criticism of Big Noon Saturday when discussing the Sooners' proposed move to the SEC, arguing that the Big 12 conference would be "last in line" in negotiating new media deals, and that "our fans talk about that. It also matters to student-athletes. When those who go before you, in terms of negotiations for 2025 and beyond, if those premiere slots are already taken up, it impacts things in a material way. It translates into disadvantages in recruiting the top talent, disadvantages for our student-athletes and a detriment to the fan experience."[33]

On-air staffing of Big Noon Saturday
Team Play-by-play Color commentator Sidelines
Lead Gus Johnson Joel Klatt Jenny Taft
Secondary Tim Brando Spencer Tillman Coley Harvey (2019); N/A (2020)
Tertiary Joe Davis Brock Huard N/A

All rankings are from that week's AP Poll, and that week's CFP rankings.




Nielsen ratings

Regular season

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating Significance
1 November 24, 2018, 12:00 ET #4 Michigan 39 #10 Ohio State 62 Fox 13.20 7.5 The Game
2 November 30, 2019, 12:00 ET #1 Ohio State 56 #13 Michigan 27 12.42 7.5
3 November 25, 2017, 12:00 ET #9 Ohio State 31 Michigan 20 10.51 6.1
4 October 28, 2017, 3:30 ET #2 Penn State 38 #6 Ohio State 39 9.87 5.8 Rivalry
5 November 23, 2019, 12:00 ET #8 Penn State 17 #2 Ohio State 28 9.43 5.8
6 September 11, 2021, 12:00 ET #12 Oregon 35 #3 Ohio State 28 7.73 4.2
7 November 28, 2015, 7:30 ET #6 Notre Dame 36 #9 Stanford 38 7.32 4.3 Legends Trophy
8 October 12, 2019, 12:00 ET #6 Oklahoma 34 #11 Texas 27 7.25 4.5 Red River Showdown
9 October 26, 2019, 12:00 ET #13 Wisconsin 7 #3 Ohio State 38 6.65 4.2
10 November 21, 2020, 12:00 ET #9 Indiana 35 #3 Ohio State 42 6.36 3.7

Conference championships


Redbox Bowl
Holiday Bowl
Cotton Bowl Classic
Orange Bowl
Sugar Bowl
Fiesta Bowl
Foster Farms Bowl
BCS National Championship Game


See also


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  6. ^ John Ourand and Michael Smith (November 9, 2012). "ESPN homes in on 12-year BCS package". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ Steven Zeitchik (December 28, 2007). "Fox faces BCS contract challenges". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ Jon Lafayette (March 27, 2011). "FX Tackles College Football". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "ESPN, Fox Tie Up Pac-12 Rights For $3 Billion: Reports". Multichannel News. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ Clapp, Matt (23 September 2017). "Fox Business Network is the new home of Big Ten football". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Say what? It's a bus wearing Harbaugh's khakis". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Utah football: Utes ask 'HarBus' to stay off U. campus". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "San Francisco 49ers Assume Management of Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's® Stadium". Forty Niners Football Company LLC. Archived from the original on July 14, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ "ESPN, Fox to reportedly pay Big Ten $2.64B: What's Rutgers' take?". Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ Roettgers, Janko (September 13, 2016). "Fox Sports Streams College Football Match in Virtual Reality". Variety. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ "Fox Sports streaming Red River Rivalry live in virtual reality". Sports Illustrated. October 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ "Holiday Bowl moving from ESPN to FS1". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Big Ten formally announces six-year media rights deal with ESPN, FOX and CBS". Washington Post. Retrieved .
  20. ^ Landis, Bill (15 May 2017). "Ohio State vs. Michigan football rivalry to be televised on FOX during 2017 season". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "What we know about the new Big Ten rights deal". Awful Announcing. 2017-07-31. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Fox Sports Pulled 'Children of the Corn' Themed College Football Ad at Request of University of Nebraska". AgencySpy. Retrieved .
  23. ^ admin. "ESPN Reaches Multiyear Rights Extension With Big 12 Conference". Multichannel. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "SBJ Media: PGA Tour, Mountain West Get New Rights Deals". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "Mountain West Conference inks US$270m CBS and Fox TV deals". SportsPro. Retrieved .
  26. ^ "New Mountain West TV Contract: More Money, Less ESPN For Boise State". Boise State Public Radio. Retrieved .
  27. ^ Chengelis, Angelique S. "New Michigan spread offense will need 'time to grow,' Urban Meyer predicts". Detroit News. Retrieved .
  28. ^ "Watch: Trailer for FOX College Football Pregame show featuring Urban Meyer". Buckeyes Wire. 2019-08-14. Retrieved .
  29. ^ "Three keys for Urban Meyer, Fox's Big Noon Kickoff". Retrieved .
  30. ^ "With help from Urban Meyer, Fox's Big Noon Kickoff aims high". Toledo Blade. Retrieved .
  31. ^ Mandel, Stewart. "Stanford's David Shaw frustrated with Fox for early kickoff time for season-opener: 'I don't want to hear s---' about ratings". The Athletic. Retrieved .
  32. ^ "Oklahoma 'bitterly disappointed' with Fox after network puts Sept. 18 game vs. Nebraska at 11 a.m." Retrieved .
  33. ^ "Oklahoma president cites Fox's Big Noon Saturday scheduling as a factor in leaving for SEC". Awful Announcing. 2021-08-02. Retrieved .

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