Month: September 2017

Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt

FOX College Football Doubleheader Features Iowa-Michigan State, No. 15 Oklahoma State-Texas Tech

Action Kicks off Tonight with Nebraska at Illinois on FS1
FS1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME Highlights College Football’s Newest and Best Tradition at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium

NEW YORK, NY – FOX College Football returns this weekend with some of the biggest matchups and stories from around the sport. Highlighting the Week 5 schedule, Saturday’s doubleheader on the FOX broadcast network kicks off with Iowa at Michigan State at 4:00 PM ET, followed by No. 15 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech at 8:00 PM ET.

FOX Sports’ lead college football broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft is live in Lubbock, Texas, to call the Big 12 shootout between the Cowboys and Red Raiders. In East Lansing, Mich., Aaron Goldsmith, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman are on hand for the Big Ten matchup between the Hawkeyes and Spartans.

Another Big Ten showdown kicks off this weekend’s action tonight on FS1, as Illinois hosts Nebraska with Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich and Petros Papadakis in the booth and Jennifer Hale on the sidelines. Coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET with FS1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME hosted by Rob Stone and analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt. Friday’s pregame show includes an emotional look at college football’s newest tradition – fans at Kinnick Stadium waving to patients at the newly opened University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Coach Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes have long been involved with the organization, and with the new structure overlooking the field, what started out as an idea on social media is now one of the most meaningful gestures in all of sports.

The action continues Saturday on FS1, as coverage of Maryland at Minnesota begins at 11:30 AM ET, followed by another edition of “Pac-12 After Dark,” as Oregon hosts Cal. This weekend’s full schedule of games on FOX, FS1 and BTN, including broadcasters, can be found by clicking HERE.

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 at Oklahoma State 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 Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.

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FOX Sports Pairs Rondé & Tiki Barber to Call Meeting of Their Former Teams

Barbers Become First Twins Ever to Call an NFL Game in Sunday’s Giants at Bucs Game on FOX

NEW YORK, NY – The NFL’s most successful and well-known twins, Rondé and Tiki Barber, have shared a vast majority of their life experiences. The two will add another moment to their memory banks this weekend when they team up in the FOX NFL broadcast booth for Sunday’s New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers game (4:00 PM ET on FOX) alongside play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert and sideline reporter Kristina Pink.

Sunday’s FOX broadcast, featuring their former teams (Bucs – Rondé; Giants – Tiki), is believed to be the first time twin brothers have called an NFL game for national broadcast television. Roommates since birth, the Barbers were teammates through high school and at the University of Virginia. It took the 1997 NFL Draft, which sent Rondé to Tampa Bay and Tiki to New York, to separate the inseparable. Therefore, it is fitting that football brings them back together on Sunday.

“Putting those headphones on and calling a game is a lot different than what Tiki is accustomed to,” said Rondé, who played cornerback for the Bucs from 1997-2012. “Millions of people at home are experiencing the game through our eyes by virtue of the way we call the game. It will be interesting to see how Tiki sees things from the booth. It took me a little while as an analyst to get used to viewing the game from a broad perspective, so we’ll make sure Tiki doesn’t have his eyes focused only on the running backs and quarterbacks, where he naturally will be drawn.”

Rondé, who played his entire 16-year NFL career for the Bucs, predicts Sunday’s assignment will be more challenging for Tiki than anything he did on the field in his decade with the Giants.

“Calling the game certainly will be the most challenging thing Tiki has done professionally simply because he’s a novice at it,” Rondé said. “The evaluation of the game in real time is very different than sitting in a studio analyzing what happened afterward. You have to be on point and able to see and conceptualize big-picture stories, plays and players. The first quarter will be the worst for him, but by the fourth quarter, he should be right where he needs to be. Plus, Kenny (Albert) has been doing this for 24 years, so Tiki will be in good hands.”

Although Sunday marks Tiki’s first time as a game analyst, he has gained extensive media experience since retiring from the NFL. He says he is up for the challenge on Sunday.

“I feel comfortable knowing Rondé is there for any questions I might have during the game, but more than that, I’m really looking forward to sharing this experience with him,” said Tiki, who was a Giants running back from 1997 to 2006. “We get to spend the day watching a game between our former teams and analyzing what we see, which is amazing. Rondé already has offered plenty of advice and helped me prepare, although he explained that he is a bit of an overachiever in that department. He probably does enough research for Kenny (Albert) and me both.”

Play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert has intimate knowledge of the mechanics involved in calling a game with two analysts versus the customary one. Of his 24 NFL seasons with FOX Sports, Albert spent eight calling games alongside analysts Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa.

“I am looking forward to becoming an honorary Barber triplet on Sunday,” Albert said. “I’ve been lucky to have worked in a number of three-man booths in various sports, but in particular with football. Having ‘Goose’ (Siragusa) on the field with an open mic was more challenging than having two analysts in the booth because he could join our conversation at any time. It’s probably easier when you have the two analysts with you, like we’ll have Rondé and Tiki positioned.”

In their playing days, Rondé and Tiki always were positioned on opposite sides of the football. Rondé played cornerback his entire career, while Tiki was a running back. In the five times the brothers met on the NFL field, the Bucs won three games to the Giants’ two. Ironically, Rondé’s first career interception came in 1998 against his younger brother’s team.

Veteran FOX NFL producer Barry Landis says their opposing backgrounds and experiences make for a unique combination in the broadcast booth.

“One was a running back and one was a cornerback,” Landis explained. “You don’t have that yin and yang in many three-man booths. Rondé analyzes the game from what he has known, so it will be interesting to bring a running back in and hear what he sees. When you’re a defensive player, oftentimes you know more schematically about offenses because you prepared for them your entire career. Conversely, I often find offensive players know so much about defenses because that’s what they prepared for. I’m excited to hear what Tiki learned in his playing career and how he sees the game as opposed to how his brother, a defensive back, does.”

After sharing an apartment bedroom as children, a University of Virginia dorm room and every football field in between for so many years, Rondé doesn’t expect sharing 20 or 30 seconds of airtime to be a big deal. He, however, knows what he is in for in the battle to be heard.

“Anyone who knows us will tell you Tiki tends to dominate the conversation because he likes to talk and has a large vocabulary,” Rondé joked. “He’s smart and thinks through what he says more than I do. I’m more casual and relaxed. I’m excited because we don’t get to do many things together. Hopefully, it’s fun for the viewers. And Tiki will be fine. I’ll hold his hand.”

And as any loyal teammate or identical twin would be, Rondé is prepared to carry Tiki if necessary.

“Absolutely, I’m prepared to carry my brother,” he laughed. “It’s my broadcast. He’s our guest.”

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FOX Sports Unveils Unprecedented Coverage Plans for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

350 Hours of FIFA World Cup™ Programming
Studio Coverage from Moscow’s Iconic Red Square

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports yesterday hosted its 2018 FIFA World Cup™ celebration in New York City, unveiling unprecedented coverage plans for the largest production in the network’s 24-year history. FOX Sports President and Executive Producer Eric Shanks was joined onstage by on-air personalities Alexi Lalas, Landon Donovan, Ian Wright, Kate Abdo, Rob Stone, Fernando Fiore, U.S. Men’s National Team coach Bruce Arena and Mexican National Team manager Juan Carlos Osorio for the Road to Russia celebration.

FOX Sports pulls out all the stops for the month-long tournament, offering 350 hours of FIFA World Cup™ programming. FOX Sports’ presentation of next year’s global event features more soccer matches on broadcast television than the last four World Cups combined.

“FOX Sports is thrilled to present what will be the biggest global sporting event of 2018,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports President and Executive Producer. “We will showcase the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia as an international cultural moment unlike ever before in U.S. television history.”

Daytime and late-night studio coverage originates from a state-of-the-art facility in Moscow’s iconic Red Square. The two-story complex features two sets, a main anchor desk, and an interview area for WORLD CUP LIVE, WORLD CUP TODAY and WORLD CUP TONIGHT, as well as pregame, halftime and postgame programs. Kate Abdo hosts WORLD CUP LIVE, while Rob Stone anchors WORLD CUP TODAY, and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Fernando Fiore wraps up the day’s action on WORLD CUP TONIGHT.

“We have been working around the clock to create an unmatched experience for viewers for next summer’s biggest stage, the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” said David Neal, Executive Producer of FIFA World Cup on FOX and Vice President of Production for FOX Sports. “FOX Sports will dedicate endless resources to produce top-tier storytelling that will long be remembered.”

FOX Sports’ coverage also features the latest technological advances in the industry, such as Virtual Reality, as well as daily digital content featuring 15 original series on FOX Sports GO.

In collaboration with National Geographic, FOX Sports features multiplatform visual coverage enriched by National Geographic’s globally recognized photographers, videographers and journalists.

In addition to world-class storytelling, FOX Sports is curating a one-of-a-kind musical experience, working with Russian pianist and composer Kirill Richter and renowned musician, producer and DJ, Rudenko. Richter has composed an original theme song for FOX Sports entitled “Where Angels Fear to Tread,” capturing the culture and authenticity of the country and its people.

NCAA Football: Holiday Bowl-Arizona State vs Texas Tech

FOX Sports and Big 12 Conference Announce Details for 2017 Conference Championship Game

Coverage of 2017 Big 12 Championship Game Begins Saturday, Dec. 2, at 12:00 PM ET on FOX Broadcast Network

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports and the Big 12 Conference announce today that the 2017 Big 12 Championship Game will be played Saturday, Dec. 2, with coverage beginning at 12:00 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network.

FOX Sports heads to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the Big 12’s first conference championship game since 2010. FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME is live from the field at 12:00 PM ET before the conference’s top two teams square off at 12:30 PM ET.

The 2017 Big 12 Championship Game kicks off a huge day of sports on the FOX broadcast network, which also includes Ohio State at Wisconsin men’s basketball at 5:00 PM ET and concludes with the Big Ten Football Championship Game, which kicks off at 8:00 PM ET following a one-hour edition of FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

This weekend, Big 12 football returns to the FOX broadcast network as No. 15 Oklahoma State visits Texas Tech at 8:00 PM ET in a clash of two high-powered and explosive offenses.

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 and Oklahoma at Oklahoma State 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, Foster Farms Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.

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FOX NASCAR Weekly Playoff Picks & Pans

Darrell Waltrip Breaks Down the Championship Picture as Teams Head to Dover

CHARLOTTE, NC – The 2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Playoffs are in full swing, with teams headed to Dover International Speedway this week for Sunday’s race. FOX NASCAR offers live pre-race coverage with NASCAR RACEDAY, beginning at 11:30 AM ET on FS1.

Through the conclusion of the Playoffs, FOX NASCAR analysts take a weekly look at who’s hot, who’s not and offer their Playoff elimination predictions. Below are the thoughts of three-time champion and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip on the championship picture this week.

Additionally, FS1 offers live coverage of the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Playoffs, with the series visiting Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday on FS1 (8:00 PM ET with pre-race coverage at 7:30 PM ET). For the latest news and highlights throughout the week, tune in to NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1 (Monday-Thursday at 6:00 PM ET).

Hot Wheels:
“I was pretty impressed with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and his team’s improvement at New Hampshire. He got two laps down, made them up and finished pretty well. That could have been a next-round save for him.”

Work to Do:
“The four guys at the bottom of the standings – Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne – have their work cut out for them this weekend at Dover. They have to look at it as their last chance to compete for the championship. They need to win to advance to the next round, and that’s a lot of pressure to put on any team going to a track as tough as Dover.”

Look of a Champion:
“I have my eye on Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson for the title – in that order.”

Chasing 8:
“If the No. 48 team is going to be a threat for the championship, they will have to show it at Dover because Jimmie Johnson has been so strong there historically. However, I don’t see an eighth title in his future this year. They just don’t have the speed. I can’t believe how many times they have wrecked in practice. That is not necessarily the kiss of death, but it tells me they’re struggling to get something out of the car that it just doesn’t have. His 10 best tracks are in the playoffs, and if he’s going to do anything, he better start doing it this week. After Dover, we’ll know what his chances at an eighth title look like.”

Rob Stone, Stu Holden, Eric Wynalda & Landon Donovan on FOX MLS Pregame

FOX Sports Delivers Most-Watched Regular-Season MLS Telecast in More Than a Decade

MLS Split National Telecast Attracts More Than 1.4 Million Viewers on FOX Broadcast Network, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO

NEW YORK, NY – Sunday’s MLS split national telecast, featuring the Atlanta United vs. Montreal Impact from 5:00-7:00 PM ET in markets airing a 1:00 PM ET NFL game and Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy from 2:00-4:00 PM ET in markets airing a 4:00 PM ET NFL game, attracted 1,352,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network. The presentation is the most-watched regular-season MLS telecast of any kind on any network since 2004 and is up +4% from last year’s comparable split national on Sept. 18, 2016.

Overall, 1,449,000 viewers tuned in to the split national telecast on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO. Later in the day on FS1, Portland’s 3-0 win over Orlando drew 110,000 viewers, a +13% gain over last September’s Sunday average on the channel.

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian Picks Saint Preux Over Okami

Rockhold on Bisping’s title reign: “It’s the worst in UFC history.”
UFC Strawweight Champion Jedrzejczyk: “I want to defend my strawweight belt in 2018 and then we’ll see about moving up a weight class.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier, with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew previewed the upcoming UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SAINT PREUX VS. OKAMI and interviewed strawweight champion Joanna and middleweight Luke Rockhold.

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on UFC vet Yushin Okami taking a late notice fight against Ovince Saint Preux: “Yushin Okami is not short on experience. He’s also not small. He was a big middleweight. But in this fight, he’ll be the smaller guy. He needs to be faster and get in and out and use his speed against Saint Preux. For OSP, he needs to be better in the clinch. He needs to win with the takedowns. He needs to be careful leaping in so that he doesn’t get countered by that right hook of Okami. But that left hand of Saint Preux has done a lot of damage.”

UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on Saint Preux’s advantages against Okami: “OSP can finish fights in a number of ways. This is a fight he’s supposed to win. He needs to be athletic. He’s the bigger, stronger guy. Ovince has been in the Octagon with the best in the UFC. He needs go in there and impose his will on Okami to show Okami he doesn’t belong in the Octagon on seven days’ notice. If OSP does engage in the clinch with Okami, Okami needs to use a foot sweep and judo throw to take OSP down. OSP has struggled with guys how take him down over and over again.”

Florian on Saint Preux’s keys to victory: “He’s a southpaw with a lot of power. His key number one is to stop the takedown. Okami is good on the mats. OSP also needs to manage the distance. He has the longer reach and needs to keep Okami on the outside. And he needs to use his main-event experience. He’s had four fights in the UFC that were five-round fights.”

Cormier on Okami’s keys to victory: “He’s a big middleweight, so his wrestling will transfer to light heavyweight. He need to use his jab. He’s got a quick jab and is a good boxer. He needs to use his footwork to keep Ovince guessing. Plus, he’s got to find a way to take him down and grind him out from the top. If he’s able to do that, he’ll be welcomed back to the UFC in a big way.”

Cormier picks Saint Preux over Okami: “I don’t believe Okami has had the time to prepare for the big, athletic guy like Saint Preux. I think he’ll get tired carrying around someone the size of OSP.”

Florian on picks Saint Preux to win in the third round: “I believe Okami is the more technical fighter, but OSP is going to take it. He’ll get a stoppage in the third round.”

Cormier on Luke Rockhold’s victory over David Branch: “Once Luke figured out the range, he had success. Once he got on top, Luke showed he dominates the ground game. But the right hand staying low is a problem. There’s danger in the biggest fights if you’re not doing everything correctly.”

Rockhold on Georges St-Pierre not fighting Bisping at UFC 217: “We’ve [Rockhold and Bisping] got business to attend to. I want GSP to get lost on his way to Madison Square Garden and I’ll stroll right in.”

Rockhold on who he’ll fight next if not Bisping: “Robert Whittaker, the real champion. The guy who fights the guys. We’ll see what his timetable is. Our third option is Romero.”

Rockhold on Bisping’s title reign: “It’s the worst in UFC history. No one has ever gotten that treatment and avoided every contender. He’s avoided Jacare, Yoel Romero and somehow he’s avoiding Robert Whittaker. He found No. 14 Henderson to fight at the time.”

Rockhold on what’s next for him: “I’m going to put myself in position for the fight with Bisping. He’s either going to stand like a man or he runs. It looks like he’s going to run to the finish.”

Rockhold on his fight against Branch after a long layoff: “It felt good to get in there. I wanted to take my time. He came out with the only option he had which was to run forward. He was scared in his eyes and it was his only option.”

Rockhold on taking some shots against Branch: “People have short memories. I’ve been through wars. I’ve taken my shots. The best man doesn’t always win. That’s why I want to come back and regain his status.”

Rockhold on possibly moving to 205: [To current 205 pound champion Cormier] “What’s the timeframe on your retirement?”

Rockhold on not saying Michael Bisping’s name in his callout of him: “Mike doesn’t deserve anything. There’s nothing more to be said. Look at the champion. He hasn’t fought or defended the title against one real contender. GSP is irrelevant at 185. They’re selling bullshit.”

VIDEO: Luke Rockhold Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5onDMWxwwA

Joanna Jedrzejczyk on if the recent hurricane interrupted her training in Florida: “No, it didn’t even hit us.”

Jedrzejczyk on how she’s preparing for her title fight against Rose Namajunas: “I’m working hard. This is what I always do and I’m still the champion. I feel with every camp, I feel more competent. For sure on November 4th, I will bring new weapons to the fight with Rose.”

Jedrzejczyk on if she wanted to fight at Madison Square Garden again: “Yes, I asked for Madison Square Garden. I’m very excited about doing this one more time.”

Jedrzejczyk on the possibility of tying Ronda Rousey’s record for consecutive title defenses: “I love Ronda Rousey and we have a very good relationship. She’s done so much for this sport and for female fighters. It’s all about winning the fight and winning the title. It would be great tying Ronda’s record. I want to defend my strawweight belt in 2018 and then we’ll see about moving up a weight class.”

Jedrzejczyk on if she wants to move to the 125 pound division: “Of course, I care about this division. I’m very excited about it. I used to fight at 125 in Muay Thai and boxing and even in MMA before the UFC. I was thinking about the 125 division. In the past, I was having a hard time making 115. Now, I make the weight easy. I can fight at 115, and maybe next year I will make a decision to move up and, of course, defend both titles.”

VIDEO: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaEGmZOuxOw

Cormier on if Ronda Rousey returns to the UFC: “I believe Ronda will have a baby with Travis Browne before she fights again. Ronda wants a family. She seems happy. She doesn’t need to fight the person Edmond wants her to fight.”

Florian on if Rousey should fight Cyborg: “Ronda deserves a lot of respect, but that’s the wrong fight. She just lost to Amanda Nunes at 135. She doesn’t need to fight at 145.”

Florian on who Carlos Condit should fight: “Carlos is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC dating back to the WEC days. Rafael Dos Anjos would be an exciting fight.”

VIDEO: UFC TONIGHT caught up with Kevin Lee in his hometown of Detroit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p14ecoYvktQ

VIDEO: Tommy Toe Hold
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/910663996327391232

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Notre Dame Visits Michigan State Saturday Under the Lights on FOX

FOX College Football Doubleheader Kicks Off with No. 8 Michigan at Purdue
Notre Dame-Michigan State Streamed in Virtual Reality on FOX Sports VR App

NEW YORK, NY – Some of the biggest names in football, including four top-10 teams, come to FOX Sports this weekend, highlighted by a doubleheader on the FOX broadcast network featuring No. 8 Michigan at Purdue and Notre Dame at Michigan State on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Michigan State hosts Notre Dame in prime time on the FOX broadcast network with play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft calling the action from Spartan Stadium at 8:00 PM ET. The game is also available in social virtual reality on the FOX Sports VR app, with users having the ability to watch together from the best seat in the house while verbally communicating with one another. Saturday’s VR experience also features the c360 Skycam live stream, which provides never-before-seen angles within the app, as well as pregame, halftime and postgame festivities available on FOX Sports’ Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.

College football on the FOX broadcast network begins at 4:00 PM ET on Saturday as No. 8 Michigan heads to West Lafayette, Ind., for a Big Ten showdown with Purdue. Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman have the call from Ross-Ade Stadium.

The college football weekend begins Friday night with a Pac-12 South battle between No. 23 Utah and Arizona. Coverage begins at 10:00 PM ET with FS1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME hosted by Rob Stone with analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt. Friday night’s pregame show is highlighted by the selfless story of several Michigan State players who spent their bye week in Houston helping to clean up the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. Taft was in East Lansing earlier this week to speak with Michigan State’s Darrell Stewart Jr. and Tyler Higby, both Houston natives, as well as Matt Sokol, who made the trip to Texas.

FS1’s coverage continues Saturday at 3:00 PM ET as Maryland hosts UCF, followed by No. 3 Oklahoma at Baylor at 6:30 PM ET, which is simulcast in 4K to outlets including DirecTV. Another late-night edition of Pac-12 football closes the evening, as No. 7 Washington visits Colorado at 10:00 PM ET. This week’s full schedule of games on FOX, FS1 and BTN, including broadcasters, can be found below.

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 at Oklahoma State 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 Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.

 

GAME BROADCASTERS DATE TIME (ET) NET
#23 Utah at Arizona Brian Custer, Ben Leber and Jennifer Hale 9/22 10:30 PM FS1
UNLV at #10 Ohio State Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and TBD 9/23 12:00 PM BTN
UCF at Maryland Eric Collins, Danny Kanell and AJ Hawk 9/23 3:00 PM FS1
Georgia Southern at Indiana Lisa Byington and J Leman 9/23 3:30 PM BTN
Rutgers at Nebraska Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason and

Elise Menaker

9/23 3:30 PM BTN
#8 Michigan at Purdue Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman 9/23 4:00 PM FOX
#3 Oklahoma at Baylor Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich and

Petros Papadakis

9/23 6:30 PM FS1
Notre Dame at Michigan State Gus Johnson, Joel Kaltt and Jenny Taft 9/23 8:00 PM FOX
#7 Washington at Colorado Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and

Holly Sonders

9/23 10:00 PM FS1
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Inside Line: FOX NASCAR Weekly Playoff Notes & Quotes

McReynolds Breaks Down Championship Picture as Teams Head to New Hampshire

CHARLOTTE, NC – The 2017 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Playoffs are in full swing, with teams headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this week for Sunday’s stop. FOX NASCAR offers live pre-race coverage with NASCAR RACEDAY, beginning at 11:30 AM ET on FS1.

Through the conclusion of the Playoffs, FOX NASCAR analysts take a weekly look at who’s hot, who’s not, how Jimmie Johnson’s quest for an eighth championship is looking and who is in danger of being eliminated at the conclusion of this round. Below are the thoughts of FOX NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds on the championship picture this week.

Additionally, FS1 offers live coverage of the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Playoffs, with the championship run kicking off Saturday at New Hampshire on FS1 (1:00 PM ET with pre-race coverage at 12:30 PM ET). For the latest news and highlights throughout the week, tune in to NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1 (Monday-Thursday at 6:00 PM ET).

Larry McReynolds, FOX NASCAR analyst:

Look of a Champion:
“Mistakes were a huge difference maker for many of the playoff drivers at Chicagoland. The only one who had a fast enough race car to recover was race winner Martin Truex Jr. They proved they can have a fast car, make a mistake and still close the deal.”

Hot Wheels:
“Despite their penalty, Chase Elliott and the No. 24 team performed very well at Chicagoland and gained in the points. That finish did quite a bit toward their goal of moving into Round 2.”

Work to Do:
“Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was on NASCAR RACE HUB last week and convinced all of us his team was ready for the playoffs. It probably wasn’t of his making when he had the cut tire and hit the wall last weekend, but the commitment box violation was of his making. It just went downhill from there. Unfortunately, he won’t advance to Round 2.”

Fading Fast:
“At this point in the playoffs, I’m afraid Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney will be the first four drivers eliminated at the conclusion of Round 1. They’re going to have to step it up significantly in order to advance to the next round.”

Chasing 8:
“I didn’t see anything impressive with the No. 48 team’s speed in the Chicagoland practice sessions. However, the positive thing he should take away is how well his Hendrick teammate, Chase Elliott, ran. I know everyone wants to say the No. 48 team is going to throw the ‘playoffs switch’ soon, but I don’t see it. Something is missing. I don’t see him making it to the Championship 4 round.”

Who to Watch at New Hampshire:
“I wouldn’t count out Martin Truex Jr. for also winning at New Hampshire because, in this round a year ago, he and his No. 78 team won two of the three races. Given the way they’re running, and the fact they have no weaknesses or weak tracks, I expect they will win three races in the playoffs. That’s a little conservative, but only because there are several hungry hounds out there who know they have to win.”

Inside Line: FOX NASCAR Weekly Playoff Notes & Quotes (299 kB, last updated September 2017)
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FOX College Football Scores with Week 3 Viewership

Texas at USC is FOX’s Most-Watched Game of the Season; Sets FOX Sports GO College Football Record

NEW YORK, NY – Led by an epic rematch 11 years in the making, Week 3 of the college football season posted huge viewership numbers on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Sports GO.

Saturday night’s instant classic between Texas and USC, in which the Trojans earned a double-overtime 27-24 win on the arm of Heisman hopeful quarterback Sam Darnold and the leg of freshman walk-on kicker Chase McGrath, is FOX’s most-watched college football game of the year. The contest drew 4,912,000 viewers on FOX and shattered FOX Sports GO’s regular-season college football record with an average minute audience of 41,310, a +13% increase over the previous mark of 36,718 set last year for Texas-Oklahoma.

Earlier in the day, Ohio State’s win over Army attracted 2,506,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network, while Northern Illinois’ win over Nebraska on FS1 drew 808,000 viewers, an +11% increase over the channel’s 2016 Saturday college football average.

Overall, college football on FOX and FS1 is off to its best start ever, averaging 1,778,000 viewers per game across the two networks, including 668,000 in the Adults 18-49 demographic. FOX and FS1 have amassed 5.14 billion total minutes viewed this season, a massive +86% increase from this point last season. FOX Sports GO is also off to a fast start, up +48% year-over-year in average minute audience through three weeks.

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 and Oklahoma at Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam rivalry. FOX Sports is also home to the Big Ten and Big 12 championship games and the Foster Farms Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.