Fox Sports 1 will make a run at 'College Gameday' with Saturday morning pre-game show
While much has been made of how Fox Sports 1 will take on ESPN in terms of nightly studio programming, little focus has been placed on how it will go after the Worldwide Leader in one key area: college football Saturdays. It looks like we have part of our answer.
FS1 will launch a college football pre-game show this season that will air head-to-head (Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon ET) with ESPN's College Gameday. Fox will supplement the show with day-long live game coverage from the Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA on both FS1 and Fox. While CBS, NBC and other cable networks air select college football games, this is the first real attempt made to compete with ESPN on a day-long basis.
Host Erin Andrews and analyst Eddie George will return to Fox's college football coverage for a second-consecutive season; they hosted the network's primetime pre-game show last year. Dropped from the show is analyst Joey Harrington. Sources tell SB Nation that the entire FS1 studio lineup will feature Andrews hosting, with analysts George, Petros Papadakis and Joel Klatt. Outkick the Coverage editor Clay Travis and NFL on Fox rules analyst Mike Pereira will also contribute to the show.
One interesting aspect of Fox's pre-game show is the goal of making the panel geographically diverse in order to claim balanced coverage of all the conferences, not just those Fox has broadcast rights to. Papadakis has spent much of his career working Pac-12 telecasts, while George is known as an Ohio State Buckeye, and Travis is one of the biggest SEC media names around.
The network's studio team will likely stay busy, as Fox will air primetime games nationally every week. Fox Sports 1 will typically air games at noon and 3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m., as well as late night games and primetime tilts on Thursday and Friday nights.
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