Former Heisman Trophy Winner Eddie George Interviews Manziel During Special 30-Minute Pregame Show
New York, NY – Two of college football’s top teams battle in a prime time showdown this Friday, Jan. 4, (7:30 PM ET) on FOX 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.
“Behind the BCS championship game, this is arguably the best matchup of the entire bowl season,” said FOX Sports President Eric Shanks. “The Cotton Bowl is rich in history and we’re honored to once again showcase this terrific event to America on Friday night.”
FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S lead broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and analyst Charles Davis are once again 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. Best known for his expertise during his tenure as VP of officiating for the NFL, Pereira spent 14 years officiating college football and regularly serves as FOX’s college football rules analyst throughout the network’s regular season coverage.
FOX Sports’ AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic 30-minute pregame show is hosted by Erin Andrews alongside analysts Eddie George and Joey Harrington. George, a Heisman Trophy winning standout running back at The Ohio State University, ranks among the top three in school history in rushing yards (3,768), rushing touchdowns (44), 100-yard games (20) and holds school records with five 200-yard outings and 12 consecutive 100-yard games. Harrington was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Oregon Ducks. During his senior year in 2001, Harrington threw for 2,414 yards and 23 touchdowns to help lead the Ducks to a Pac-10 Conference Title and a victory in the Fiesta Bowl. Harrington was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award that season.
Highlighting the network’s pregame and halftime coverage is a Heisman-to-Heisman sitdown interview with George and 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.
FOX Sports has been the television home of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic since 1999.
Chuck McDonald produces FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Rich Dewey directs. Don Bui produces all pregame and postgame coverage.