FOX presents two title games

Published 9:21 pm Monday, November 21, 2011

For the first time in their long, storied histories, two of America’s premier collegiate athletic conferences, the Pac-12 and the Big Ten, present their inaugural football championship games, live and in prime time on FOX.

First up is the PAC-12 Conference Football Championship Game Friday (8 p.m.), followed by the Big Ten Conference Football Championship Game Saturday (8 p.m.).  Both games are preceded at 7:30 p.m. by live on-site pregame shows, while the Big Ten game is complemented by extensive coverage from the Big Ten Network.

Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and sideline analyst Tim Brewster, FOX Sports’ lead college football broadcast team, call the action both nights, despite the games likely being separated by over 2000 miles. FOX College Football host Kevin Frazier, Heisman Trophy winning analyst Marcus Allen and Brewster anchor the pregame coverage, each night with a special guest analyst by their side.  NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch, a former Stanford University All-American and All-Pac-10 safety, joins Frazier, Allen and Brewster on-set during the Pac-12 Championship pregame and postgame shows.

On Saturday, former University of Michigan and three-time All-Big Ten linebacker Dhani Jones takes over as guest analyst for the Big Ten Championship coverage. After pregame duties conclude, Lynch and Jones, both former NFL standouts, join Coach Brewster on the sidelines to provide in-game analysis.  Jones was a key member on the Wolverines 1997 National Championship Team. FOX College Football rules analyst Mike Pereira is also available each game to offer perspective on rules interpretation and controversial plays live from his FOX command center in Los Angeles.

The Big Ten Network is scheduled to carry more than five hours of pre and postgame coverage of the Big Ten Football Championship Game live from Chicago and Indianapolis over two days.

Leading up to kick-off, BTN airs the Big Ten Football Championship team press conferences Friday (4 to 5 p.m.). Later, Big Ten Football Report: Championship Preview airs (9 to 10 p.m.) with Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin and Tony Banks. The show features live reports from Lucas Oil Stadium with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason.

Game day coverage begins with BTN Live (11 a.m. to noon) with Revsine, DiNardo, Griffith and Mason live from Big Ten Fan Fest. The same four are back just hours before kick-off with Big Ten Championship Pregame (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.) leading right into FOX Sports’ pregame coverage, and postgame with extensive analysis and highlights on the Big Ten Football Championship Postgame.

BTN also provides reports from Indy during the network’s basketball coverage on Saturday afternoon.