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Fox Sports Unveils 2011 College Football Schedule

Fox Sports has made a commitment to increasing its coverage of college football, with a game of the week on FX and games on Fox College Sports (FCS) and on the Fox Sports Networks (FSN).

Today Fox announced its 2011 college football television schedule across all its networks.  Games start on September first.  Here is the schedule (all times are ET)

Thursday, September 1 Conference Network
8:00 PM Mississippi State at Memphis C-USA FSN

Saturday, September 3
12:00 PM Miami (OH) at Missouri Big 12 FSN
3:30 PM UCLA at Houston C-USA FSN
7:00 PM Louisiana Lafayette at Oklahoma State Big 12 FCS
8:00 PM FX Game of the Week: Tulsa at Oklahoma Big 12 FX
10:00 PM Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss C-USA FSN

Sunday, September 4
7:30 PM SMU at Texas A&M Big 12 FSN

Saturday, September 10
12:00 PM Iowa at Iowa St. Big 12 FSN
3:30 PM Virginia Tech at East Carolina C-USA FSN
3:30 PM FX Game of the Week: Nevada at Oregon Pac-12 FX
7:00 PM UTEP at SMU C-USA FSN
7:00 PM Northern Illinois at Kansas Big 12 FCS

Saturday, September 17 Conference Network

1:30 PM Colorado St. vs. Colorado (from Invesco Field) Pac-12 FSN
7:00 PM Kent State at Kansas State Big 12 FCS
8:00 PM FX Game of the Week: Syracuse at USC Pac-12 FX
10:00 PM Oklahoma St. at Tulsa C-USA FSN

Saturday, September 24
12:00 PM SMU at Memphis C-USA FSN
3:30 PM Teams TBA Pac-12 FSN
8:00 PM FX Game of the Week: Missouri at Oklahoma Big 12 FX

Saturday, October 1
Big 12 – 2 games*
Pac-12 – 3 games*

3:30 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
4:00 PM FX Game of the Week: Teams TBA TBA FX
7:00 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
8:00 PM FX Game of the Week: Teams TBA TBA FX
10:30 PM Teams TBA Pac-12 FSN

Saturday, October 8
12:00 PM Mississippi State at UAB C-USA FSN
3:30 PM Teams TBA Pac-12 FSN
7:00 PM Teams TBA Big 12 FSN
8:00 PM FX Game of the Week: Teams TBA Big 12 FX
10:30 PM Teams TBA Pac-12 FSN

Saturday, October 15
Big 12 – 2 games*
C-USA – 1 (UCF at SMU)

12:00 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
or 7:00 PM
8:00 PM FX Game of the Week: Teams TBA TBA FX

Saturday, October 22
Big 12 – 2 games*
C-USA – 1 (Tulsa at Rice)
Pac-12 – 2 games*

12:00 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM FX Game of the Week: Teams TBA TBA FX
7:00 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
10:30 PM Teams TBA Pac-12 FSN

Thursday, October 27
8:00 PM Rice at Houston C-USA FSN

Saturday, October 29 Conference Network
Big 12 – 2 games*
C-USA – 1 (SMU at Tulsa)
Pac-12 – 2 games*

12:00 PM Teams TBA Big 12 FSN
3:30 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM FX Game of the Week: Teams TBA TBA FX
7:00 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
10:30 PM Teams TBA Pac-12 FSN

Saturday, November 5
Big 12 – 2 games*
C-USA – 1 (UTEP at Rice)
Pac-12 – 1 game*

12:00 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
7:00 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
8:00 PM FX Game of the Week: Teams TBA TBA FX

Saturday, November 12
Big 12 – 1 game*
C-USA – 2 (Marshall at Tulsa, Navy at SMU)
Pac-12 – 1 game*

12:00 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
7:00 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
8:00 PM FX Game of the Week: Teams TBA TBA FX

Thursday, November 17
8:00 PM Marshall at Memphis C-USA FSN

Saturday, November 19
Big 12 – 2 games*
C-USA – 2 (SMU at Houston, UCF at East Carolina)

12:00 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
7:00 PM Teams TBA TBA FSN
8:00 PM FX Game of the Week: Teams TBA TBA FX

Friday, November 25
12:00 PM Houston at Tulsa C-USA FSN
3:30 PM Colorado at Utah Pac-12 FSN

Saturday, November 26
12:00 PM Missouri vs. Kansas (at Arrowhead Stadium) Big 12 FSN
3:30 PM Texas Tech vs. Baylor (at Cowboys Stadium) Big 12 FSN
8:00 PM FX Game of the Week: Iowa St. at Oklahoma Big 12 FX
10:00 PM UCLA at USC Pac-12 FSN
TBA Rice at SMU C-USA FSN

Friday, December 2
8:00 PM Pac-12 Championship Game Pac-12 FOX

Saturday, December 3
12:00 PM Conference USA Championship Game C-USA TBA
12:30 PM Iowa St. at Kansas St. Big 12 FSN
8:00 PM Big Ten Championship Game Big Ten FOX

Friday, January 6
8:00 PM AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic (at Cowboys Stadium) Big 12/SEC FOX

*Teams, networks and times TBD

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SMJ Inbox- March 28, 2011

Let’s take a peak, shall we, into what has come into the Sports Media Journal Inbox…

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Ratings Continue to Soar- CBS and Turner have announced that ratings for this year’s joint coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are the highest in the last 6 years.  To date, the average rating of the entire tournament on the four networks is 6.0, up 11 percent from CBS’ coverage in 2010.

March Madness on Demand Seeing Maddening Numbers- Over the first two weeks of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, there were 41.6 million view visits to the March Madness on Demand website run by CBS, Turner Sports, and the NCAA.  That number is up an astonishing 60% in total visits.

Fox Sports Announces a College Game of the Week on FX Beginning this Fall- Fox has announced that it will produce a college football game of the week that will appear on FX beginning September 3rd.  The 13 game schedule will feature match-ups involving teams in the Big 12, Pac-12, and Conference USA.

ESPN to Launch Corporate Blog Site- Who needs SMJ to talk about ESPN when the WWL can do it itself?  ESPN has announced that it will launch a corporate blog site, ESPNFrontRow.com, beginning Wednesday, March 30th.  The blog will be update daily and will be managed by the organization’s Communications Department.  The site will provide readers with behind-the-scenes access as to what is happening at ESPN and will be run primarily by Sheldon Spencer, a 25-year sports jounralism veteran with stints at  National Sports Daily, the Seattle Post-Intellegencer, and San Jose Mercury News.

“The goal for ESPNFrontRow.com is to provide fans a window into ESPN,” said Mike Soltys, ESPN vice president, communications, U.S. networks.

ESPN’s Kenny Mayne has recorded a video on the launch of the blog.  View it here:

HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel Returns Wednesday- The next edition of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will air on HBO this Wednesday night beginning at 10:00pm ET.  The show will depart from its traditional format to focus on stories dedicated to the state of college sports in America.