FOX Sports Presents AT&T Cotton Bowl, FA Cup & Exciting NFC Wild Card Matchup This Weekend

260px-Fox_College_Football_logoFOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES

Heisman Winner Manziel & No. 9 Aggies Battle No. 11 Sooners Friday at 7:30 PM ET in AT&T Cotton Bowl on FOX

RW3 & RGIII Lead Seahawks and Redskins in NFC Wild Card Tilt on FOX on Sunday

West Ham United and Manchester United Meet in 3rd Round FA Cup Match

Live Saturday on FOX at Noon ET

JOHNNY FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS FOX SPORTS’ COVERAGE OF 77th AT&T COTTON BOWL

Two of college football’s top team’s battle in a prime time showdown this Friday, Jan. 4 (7:30 PM ET) as the 9th ranked Texas A&M Aggies travel to Cowboys Stadium to take on the 11th ranked Oklahoma Sooners in one of the most-anticipated college football bowl games this season. FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S lead broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and analyst Charles Davis are joined on the broadcast by on-field analyst Petros Papadakis and game reporter Julie Alexandria.  Additionally, FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL rules analyst Mike Pereira is on-site in the broadcast booth to offer his unique perspective and educate viewers on any controversial calls that may come up during the game.

FOX Sports’ AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic 30-minute pregame show is hosted by Erin Andrews alongside analysts Eddie George and Joey Harrington.  Highlighting the network’s pregame and halftime coverage is a Heisman-to-Heisman sitdown interview with George and A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel to discuss winning college football’s most prestigious award and expectations for his future.  Additionally, Former Secretary of Defense and former president of Texas A&M Robert Gates as well as Oklahoma alum and NBA standout Blake Griffin are featured.

DAVIS NAMES FIVE TO WATCH DURING COTTON BOWL CLASSIC – Like so many football fans, FOX College Football lead analyst Charles Davis is excited about Friday night’s highly-anticipated AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, which pits Texas A&M and Oklahoma, and reveals which players on each team have the ability to be the difference.

Texas A&M QB: Johnny Manziel – “First freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy and he’s done things that no player has ever done in the SEC, breaking records that Cam Newton set when he won the Heisman trophy at Auburn. Oklahoma is going to be chasing him all night.”

Oklahoma QB: Landry Jones – “He had some rough outing early but is playing his football as the season ends. He still has a chance to raise his stock in the NFL draft and leading Oklahoma to a win Friday night will do that.”

Texas A&M Defensive End: Demontre Moore – “He’s a former outside linebacker they moved to defensive end and was a finalist for best defensive end in the country, he’s a terrific player who can make a huge difference.”

Oklahoma Wide Receiver: Kenny Stills – “He started the season in the slot, moved out wide and he’s all over the place. He’s one that Texas A&M will have to corral to be successful.”

Texas A&M Offensive Tackle: Luke Joeckel – “He’s been a starter since he’s been a true freshman and played beyond that capacity since then. Projected by many to go No. 1 overall in the NFL draft.”

NFL ON FOX: SENSATIONAL ROOKIE QBS TAKE CENTER STAGE WILDCARD WEEKEND – FOX Sports’ coverage of its 19th NFL postseason begins Sunday, Jan. 6 (4:30 PM ET) when Russell Wilson and the Wild Card Seahawks travel to Washington to take on Robert Griffin III and the NFC East Champion Redskins. NFL on FOX’s lead broadcast team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver are joined by Erin Andrews to call this matchup of exciting rookie QBs from FedEx Field.

 

Coverage begins at 4:00 PM ET with a special edition of 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 segment.

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GAME                                                                                     PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE                                                TIME 

Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins               Joe Buck, Troy Aikman,                                                                    4:30PM

                                                                                                Pam Oliver & Erin Andrews

FedEx Field – Landover, MD

 

SCHRAGER: YOUNG GUNS CAN CHANGE QB POSITION IN NFL WITH SUCCESS – For the first time in NFL history, three rookie quarterbacks will start playoff games – Andrew Luck for the Colts, Russell Wilson for the Seahawks and Robert Griffin III for the Redskins. Two of them; Seattle’s Wilson and Washington’s RGIII are featured on FOX’s Seahawks-Redskins Wild Card matchup. FOXSports.com NFL contributor Peter Schrager can see the prototype of the NFL quarterback change if the rookie signal callers and their second-year counterparts find ultimate success in the playoffs. “Wilson, Griffin, and Colin Kaepernick will be playing for the future of how teams draft quarterbacks. We’ve already seen the read-option work with great success in those three cities,” Schrager writes.  “If one of these three can win a Super Bowl, don’t be shocked if the “prototype” of an NFL quarterback changes from a standard drop-back guy to a mobile, outside-the-pocket playmaker moving forward.”

To read more of Schrager’s Wild Card Weekend preview click here: http://on-msn.com/12Z0MyI

NFL ON FOX BROADCASTS TOTAL SIX OF TOP TEN MOST-WATCHED TV SHOWS THIS FALL THROUGH WEEK 16 – Prior to the final week of the 2012 NFL season, the NFL on FOX logged six of the top ten most-watched TV shows this fall.  FOX’s presentation of the Washington Redskins versus the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day totaled 28.7 million viewers to take the top spot.  FOX’s most-watched Thanksgiving Day game edged out NBC’s Week 1 Sunday Night Football featuring Peyton Manning’s debut with the Denver Broncos.

Program Viewers
1. FOX Thanksgiving Game (Redskins-Cowboys), 11/22 28.7 million
2. NBC Sunday Night Football (Steelers-Broncos), 9/9 27.6 million
3. CBS Thanksgiving Game (Texans-Lions), 11/22 27.3 million
4. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-Cowboys), 10/28 26.9 million
5. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Cowboys), 12/16 26.9 million
6. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9 26.4 million
7. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Saints), 11/25 24.9 million
8. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7 24.5 million
9. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Giants), 12/9 24.5 million
10. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Eagles), 11/11 24.3 million

Source: NFL & Nielsen Media Research
* Week 17 viewership available later this week

WEST HAM VS. MAN U: FA CUP COMES TO FOX SPORTS – The FA Cup, the world’s oldest soccer competition, makes history with its first live appearances ever on U.S. broadcast television when FOX Sports broadcasts West Ham United hosting Manchester United in a third-round match Saturday, Jan. 5 (12:00 PM ET). The Premier League foes face-off when the 11-time FA Cup champion Manchester United travel to Boleyn Ground, West Ham’s home in Upton Park London. The FA Cup Final is set to air live on FOX, Saturday, May 11, (12:00 PM ET), live from London’s legendary Wembley Stadium.

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