FOX Sports Calls Double Coverage on Championship Weekend
UCLA Battles Stanford for Pac-12 Football Championship Friday at 7:30 PM ET
Wisconsin vs. Nebraska for Big Ten Football Championship Saturday at 7:30 PM ET
Lynch Sits Down with Peyton Manning on FOX NFL SUNDAY at 12:00 PM ET
Dana White & Eric Shanks Discuss UFC on FOX Partnership
Road to the Octagon: UFC on FOX 5 Premieres Sunday on FOX
FOX SPORTS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PRIMETIME FRIDAY & SATURDAY — Championship weekend on FOX Sports is here and it kicks-off in primetime. FOX Sports proudly presents exclusive coverage of the Pac-12 Conference Football Championship as the 16th-ranked UCLA Bruins travel to Palo Alto, CA to face the 8th-ranked Stanford Cardinal Friday, Dec. 1. On Saturday, Dec. 2 the Big Ten Conference Football Championship game is featured on FOX as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the 12th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers in Indianapolis, IN. Pulling double-duty, FOX’s lead broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Charles Davis and reporter Julie Alexandria are joined by on-field analyst Petros Papadakis to call the action from Stanford Stadium, in Palo Alto and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The two stadiums are 2,279 miles apart.
Coverage for both championship events begins at 7:30 PM ET with the FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL pregame show hosted by Erin Andrews. Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Famer Eddie George and former Oregon All-American quarterback Joey Harrington partner with Andrews to provide highlights and analysis of all the day’s action. The Pac-12 edition on Friday night includes a special look at Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor as he approaches becoming the school’s all-time leading rusher. Friday’s show also includes BEING: Joseph Fauria, an off-the-field look at UCLA’s senior tight end over the last few weeks of the Bruins’ season. Saturday’s Big Ten pregame show puts the spotlight on quarterback Taylor Martinez, Nebraska’s all-time leader in total offense and BEING: Montee Ball offers an in-depth look in a day in the life of the Wisconsin running back and college football’s all-time touchdown leader.
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DAVIS ON THE PAC-12: MORA MUST GET TEAM TO FOCUS ON FRIDAY, NOT LAST WEEK – This Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game opponents don’t need to think too hard about the last time they faced each other as the Bruins and Cardinal squared-off at The Rose Bowl just one week ago. Lead analyst Charles Davis sees the key to a UCLA victory is being able to forget last week’s loss while still learning from their mistakes. “Jim Mora needs to make sure he doesn’t harp on last week’s loss to Stanford and I don’t think he will,” said Davis. “Last week’s game gets totally wiped out with a win this week. Stanford played their game last week and UCLA needs to make sure that doesn’t happen on Friday. Stanford is going to run the football for four quarters. If they press the run game the way they have, Stepfan Taylor’s chances for success will be high and the challenge again is on UCLA’s defensive front line and linebackers to be physical early or they are going to have a problem.”
DAVIS ON THE BIG TEN: KEY TO NEBRASKA WIN IS STOPPING BADGERS RUNNING GAME — Cornhusker standout running back Rex Burkhead missed four games because of a knee injury earlier this season but is now back in Nebraska’s lineup and ready to go in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday. Lead analyst Charles Davis looks at what Burkhead’s presence brings to Nebraska and what weapons Wisconsin brings to this championship showdown: “Rex Burkhead’s return means everything to Nebraska – confidence in the huddle and confidence on the sidelines. He does everything you want on the football field. After three ACL surgeries, Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips finally gets his shot on the big stage. Despite his procedures, he moves around the pocket well enough and is finding his stride. He competes every second he’s out there and I expect him to play well. The wild card in Saturday’s championship game will be Wisconsin’s offensive line and what Nebraska’s defense can do to protect against the Badger’s remarkable running game.”
FOX SPORTS MEDIA GROUP WEEKEND COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
*All Times Eastern
|GAME||OUTLET||Play by Play||Analyst||Sideline|
|Friday, Nov. 30||
|Pac-12 Champ Game: UCLA at Stanford||FOX / FOX Deportes||Gus Johnson||Charles Davis||Julie Alexandria/Petros Papadakis|
|Saturday, Dec. 1||
|B1G Champ Game (from Lucas Oil Stadium): Wisconsin vs. Nebraska||FOX / FOX Deportes||Gus Johnson||Charles Davis||Julie Alexandria/Petros Papadakis|
|Saturday, Dec. 1||
|Oklahoma St. at Baylor||FX||Craig Bolerjack||Joel Klatt||Darius Walker|
|Saturday, Dec. 1||
|Kansas at West Virginia||FSN (National)||Steve Physioc||Brian Baldinger||Jim Knox|
FOX SPORTS READY TO GO FOR WEEK 13 – On Sunday, Dec. 2 FOX Sports presents Week 13 singleheader coverage of six intense matchups. The 1:00 PM ET window opens with Adrian Peterson and the Vikings on the road taking on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers as they aim to track down the NFC North leading Bears. Meanwhile, the 49ers, with newly appointed starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick, visit Sam Bradford and the Rams. The Jets are always a story as they look to bounce back from their Thanksgiving nightmare and host the Cardinals. The 6-5 Seahawks look to keep their playoff dreams alive as they face Jay Cutler and the NFC North-leading Bears, while Cam Newton and the Panthers are in Kansas City to face the Chiefs. The 4:00 PM window features Peyton Manning and the red-hot Broncos hosting Josh Freeman, Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson and the high-powered Bucs.
Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET with America’s No. 1 pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee co-host the Emmy Award-winning program and are joined by analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson. NFL Insider Jay Glazer breaks the latest league news and scoops from the FOX NFL SUNDAY studio while NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira discusses the previous week’s important impactful calls and points of emphasis in officiating. Comedic prognosticator Rob Riggle provides his weekly picks segment.
This week on FOX NFL SUNDAY, Strahan reveals his top-five pass rushers under the age of 25. Also, John Lynch sits down with Broncos QB Peyton Manning, EVP of football operations John Elway and head coach John Fox to discuss Denver’s 2012 season.
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Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, San Antonio, Tulsa, Washington
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston
Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis
Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick 10% 1:00PM
& Laura Okmin
MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
MARKETS INCLUDE: Hartford, New York, Phoenix
Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Louisville, Portland, Seattle
Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs Ron Pitts, Mike Martz
Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Kansas City, Raleigh
Tampa Bay Bucs at Denver Broncos Dick Stockton, John Lynch
Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Denver, CO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Boston, Buffalo, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Providence, Salt Lake City, Tampa, West Palm Beach
BILLICK: SMALL NFL STAT MAKES BIG DIFFERENCE – Prior to calling this Sunday’s Cardinals-Jets matchup Super Bowl-winning coach Brian Billick offered his thoughts on a stat he used during his coaching days that gives a better indication of team success: Toxic Differential. “It essentially combines turnover differential with explosive play differential (defined as plays gaining more than 20 yards). It’s not merely good enough to avoid turning the ball over; you need to generate big offensive plays as well. On defense, you can’t just sit back and play a deep prevent defense all the time; you have to generate turnovers as well. On both sides of the ball, gambling to generate a big play often leaves you open to committing a big error. Toxic Differential does a good job at showing how teams balance risk and reward.”
To read more from Billick click here: http://on-msn.com/V3PVMo
UFC ON FOX PREVIEW: HENDERSON VS. DIAZ – On Saturday. Dec. 8 (8:00 PM ET) another live UFC on FOX card commences, this time from KeyArena in Seattle. With a little over a week until UFC® on FOX: HENDERSON vs. DIAZ, FOX Sports and the UFC conducted a conference call with FSMG Co-President & COO Eric Shanks, UFC President Dana White, along with current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and fighters Nate Diaz, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, BJ Penn, and Rory MacDonald.
Henderson and Diaz offer their thoughts on what’s to come at KeyArena in Seattle next Saturday and White and Shanks discuss the future of UFC on FOX.
White on the current goals of UFC on FOX: “The strategic idea is to put the best fights we could possibly put on FOX. It’s tough to keep a card together. But it’s always our intention to put on the best fights on FOX, on Pay-Per-View, on FX, on FUEL TV. You showcase these guys on free television and it helps build the sport, it helps build these fighters and who they are, their background.”
White and Shanks on where they see the UFC-FOX Sports relationship going in the future:
White: “Being on one of the biggest networks in the world is huge. FOX isn’t just here in the United States. FOX is a global media company. We have a great relationship with this company and we’re all talking about big, long-term projects. The UFC as a company continues to grow. We continue to try new things and do new things and FOX Sports Media Group is exactly the same. We’re going to shake up the industry again just like we have over the last 13 years.”
Shanks: “We knew that this relationship is going to grow and get bigger every year. The first year was really to get the mainstream advertiser base behind it and also promote the UFC within the likes of NFL and Major League Baseball and college football and make it part of a big FOX Sports portfolio. We’ve done that. This relationship is going to look different over the next, two years, three years and it’s only going to get bigger because we’re going to get much more economic support from the advertiser base behind it. When that happens, UFC is going to be one of the top sports in the U.S. on television.”
Henderson on how he sees the fight with Diaz: “I’m just trying to get a win. I’m trying to get my hand raised however I can get it. He slips on a banana peel, I’ll take it. If it’s a decisive victory, I’ll take it. If it’s a closer razor thin decision, even closer than the second Frankie Edgar fight, I’ll take that too. Getting a ‘W’ is not easy to come by in the UFC going against the best guy literally on the planet. But sometimes when you’re fighting the best guys on the planet, you just can’t make it as easy as that. Nate Diaz is tough. He’s darn tough. And I’m going to go out there and do my best and try to get my hand raised any way possible.”
Diaz on his championship fight opportunity: “It’s a big fight. So it’s pretty much the biggest thing going on right now. I’m just trying to get ready the best way I can. Train hard with all my teammates and just being as ready as I can be.”
Penn on taking this fight with MacDonald: “I started to get the itch that I wanted to fight again. It’s better than staying at home sitting on the couch and I realized I can’t do this forever so I might as well make the most of it while I can. Rory’s an up and comer. Everybody says he’s going to be a champion soon so ending up fighting with somebody like Rory it wasn’t a tough decision.”
MacDonald on keeping in shape and taking fights on short notice: “I just want to fight more often. After this fight with BJ, I’m pretty much ready to fight in March or take a short notice fight. As long as I keep my weight in check, it won’t be a problem for me to make 170 on short notice. With how I’ve changed up my training, it’s going to work well with me fighting a lot more. Being a little bit smarter with my training as far as taking days off. Before, I never took days off even if I was hurt. When I feel like I’m breaking down a little bit, I just take a day off or I adjust it. So if I’m healthy, I can fight on a minute’s notice. I’m ready to go. I just need to be healthy, that’s all.”
UFC ON FOX 5: ROAD TO THE OCTAGON – Prior to or following FOX Sports’ singleheader NFL coverage on Sunday, Dec. 2, UFC on FOX 5: ROAD TO THE OCTAGON premieres with an hour long special previewing the network’s upcoming event. The series takes a look at all four fights featured on FOX Sports’ card and how those fighters range in style, strategy and preparation. The special re-airs Tuesday, Dec. 4 (9:00 PM ET) on FUEL TV. FUEL TV follows ROAD TO THE OCTAGON with UFC TONIGHT (10:00 PM ET), an official news and information show and finishes the evening with UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER (10:30 PM ET), a 30-minute program going behind-the-scenes to deliver an insightful preview into the World Lightweight Championship fight between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz.
|Sunday, Dec. 2||3:00 or 4:30 PM ET||UFC on FOX 5: ROAD TO THE OCTAGON||FOX|
|Tuesday, Dec. 4||9:00 PM ET||UFC on FOX 5: ROAD TO THE OCTAGON*||FUEL TV|
|Tuesday, Dec. 4||10:00 PM ET||UFC TONIGHT||FUEL TV|
|Tuesday, Dec. 4||10:30 PM ET||UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER||FUEL TV|
|Wednesday, Dec. 5||11:00 PM ET||BENSON HENDERSON: RISING UP||FUEL TV|
|7:00 PM ET||UFC on FOX 5 Weigh-In||FUEL TV|
|Saturday, Dec. 8||5:00 PM ET||Preliminary Fights||FX / FOX Deportes|
|Saturday, Dec. 8||8:00 PM ET||UFC on FOX 5
Lightweight Championship: Henderson vs. Diaz
|FOX / Mundo FOX|
|Saturday, Dec. 8||10:00 PM ET||UFC Postfight Show||FUEL TV|