NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports today announces its all-star lineup of exciting announcers, expert analysts, veteran hosts and intrepid reporters set to cover the network’s best-ever college football schedule when the season kicks off next month. Today’s announcement was made by John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.
“We are truly excited about the talented team of broadcasters we’ve assembled for what is sure to be our best college football season yet,” said Entz. “Our team of announcers offers a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge, allowing us to entertain and inform viewers at home, especially those who are joining us for the first time, as we look forward to welcoming in a new Big Ten audience.”
Play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and analyst Joel Klatt return for their third season together in the booth as FOX Sports’ lead college football voices and are joined by sideline reporter Jenny Taft. Taft has been part of FOX Sports college football since 2014 and also serves as a reporter for the network’s soccer and supercross coverage, as well as in a variety of other roles. Johnson, Klatt and Taft pull double-duty on opening weekend beginning with Washington at Rutgers on Friday, Sept. 1, with coverage beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FS1 for the first Big Ten home game on the network, before flying across the country for Texas A&M at UCLA on Sunday, Sept. 3, on the FOX broadcast network, with coverage getting underway at 7:00 PM ET.
Also back in the booth are play-by-play announcer Joe Davis and analyst Brady Quinn, this season joined by sideline reporter Bruce Feldman, who also contributes to FOX Sports’ college football studio coverage. Play-by-play announcer Tim Brando and analyst Spencer Tillman also return in 2017 and are joined on the sidelines by Holly Sonders. A native of Ohio and former student-athlete at Michigan State, Sonders has been a mainstay on the network’s golf coverage for the past three years and has also served as a sideline reporter for select NFL broadcasts.
Host Rob Stone is in studio for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage on FOX and FS1, once again joined by analysts Matt Leinart, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at USC and member of the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017; Robert Smith, a standout running back and track athlete at Ohio State before enjoying a successful NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings; and Dave Wannstedt a former college and NFL championship coach. Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino serve as rules experts.
Before the 2017 campaign officially kicks off, FS1 presents the FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF preview show on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 12:00 PM ET, before a FOX NFL preseason doubleheader. Stone is joined by Klatt, Smith, Leinart and Wannstedt to discuss the top storylines heading into the new season.
In 2017, FOX Sports televises top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is home to some of the most anticipated matchups of the season, including Ohio State at Michigan, Oklahoma State at Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam rivalry, and Texas at USC in the first rematch of the 2006 BCS National Championship Game. FOX Sports is also home to the Big Ten and Big 12 championship games and the Foster Farms and San Diego County Credit Union bowl games.