College football returns to CBS and CBS Sports Network (former CBS College Sports), as CBS airs SEC games nationally and CBS Sports Network airs 42 games from the Mountain West, Conference USA, Army and Navy, NCAA Division II and the Patriot League. CBS Sports Network features three games with Boise State in their first season in the Mountain West.
CBS begins its coverage of the SEC Game of the Week on Sept. 17 at 3:30pm ET with a big matchup of SEC rivals in Gainesville, Fla., as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators. Florida enters a new era, with head coach Will Muschamp taking over for Urban Meyer, who left to become a TV analyst. With few standouts at the skill positions, Muschamp is counting on playmakers to emerge. Tennessee, meanwhile, is young but has some potent offensive weapons in quarterback Tyler Bray and wide receiver Justin Hunter. Other highlights include Florida vs. Georgia Oct. 29, the SEC Championship Game Dec. 3 and the Sun Bowl Dec. 31.
Also, CBS Sports has added the Oct. 1 football game pitting Air Force against Navy to its schedule. The game will take place at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis with a 12pm ET kickoff.
Schedules and press releases from CBS and CBS Sports Network.
CBS SPORTS’ 2011 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE OFFERS BEST OF SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE EACH WEEK
CBS Sports’ Weekly Selection of SEC Football “Game of the Week” Begins September 17 with Broadcast of Tennessee-Florida
CBS Sports kicks off its 11th consecutive season of national coverage of Southeastern Conference Football on Saturday, Sept. 17 (3:30-7:00 PM, ET) with its broadcast of Tennessee at Florida.
In its third year of a 15-year agreement with the SEC, CBS Sports continues to be the exclusive national network broadcaster of SEC home football games, including the SEC Championship Game. In showcasing the top conference match-ups in the package, CBS Sports will have the first selection each week and will broadcast the “SEC Game of the Week.”
THE SEC ON CBS schedule features a total of 15 games during the network’s 12-week season, including the SEC Championship on Saturday, Dec. 3. In addition to the SEC, CBS Sports will broadcast the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday, Dec. 10 and the 77th Sun Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 31.
Highlights of 2011 schedule include:
September 17 – Tennessee at Florida 3:30 PM, ET
October 1 – SEC DOUBLEHEADER – Prime Time 3:30 PM, ET & 8:00 PM, ET
October 29 – Florida vs. Georgia 3:30 PM, ET
November 12 – SEC Doubleheader 12:00 NOON, ET & 3:30 PM, ET
November 25 – Arkansas at LSU 2:30 PM, ET
December 3 – SEC Championship 4:00 PM, ET
December 10 – Army vs. Navy 2:30 PM, ET
December 31 – Sun Bowl 2:00 PM, ET
All other “SEC Games of the Week” will be announced six-to-12 days prior to their broadcast date.
Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson, along with Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sidelines, serve as CBS Sports’ lead college football announce team. COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, the Network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show, will be broadcast in the half-hour format 11 times throughout the season, premiering on Saturday, Sept. 17 (3:00-3:30 PM, ET). Hosted by Tim Brando with analyst Spencer Tillman, Tony Barnhart and Archie Manning, COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY presents highlights of all the day’s action. Craig Silver serves as coordinating producer and Steve Milton is the lead director for the Network’s college football broadcasts. Vin DeVito serves as producer for COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, which originates from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK KICKS OFF NINTH COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON
Rich Rodriguez, Gary Thorne and James Bates Join CBS Sports Network
Network to Feature Three Boise State Football Games;
Returns as Home of Service Academy Football
CBS Sports Network kicks off its ninth season of college football coverage with an extensive lineup of games featuring the best of the Mountain West, Conference USA, Army and Navy football, NCAA Division II and the Patriot League. The Network will air 42 games this season and again feature a top roster of announcers and analysts including seven new voices highlighted by former University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez and veteran play-by-play announcers Gary Thorne and James Bates.
Rodriguez teams with play-by-play announcer Dave Ryan to call Conference USA and Mountain West games. Thorne pairs with returning analyst Randy Cross for Army home games. Cross will continue to be the analyst for Navy home games, teaming this season with announcers Tim Brant and Josh Lewin, who will handle two games each. With his role this season, Cross becomes the first announcer to call both Army and Navy home games throughout a season.
Bates, a former University of Florida linebacker, also joins CBS Sports Network after five years as a play-by-play announcer with the Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network. Bates is joined in the booth by analyst Aaron Taylor to call Conference USA and Mountain West games. Also new to the Network is play-by-play announcer Todd Harris and analyst Doug Chapman, who will serve as the broadcast team for Division II games and select Conference USA match-ups. Brooke Olzendam and Kaylee Hartung return as sideline reporters in 2011.
CBS Sports Network’s studio programming is anchored by Adam Zucker. Former University of Texas and NFL linebacker Brian Jones returns as a studio analyst on the Network’s various college football shows. Molly Qerim and Brent Stover also serve as studio hosts this season.
CBS Sports Network again serves as the broadcast home for Armed Forces football, airing 10 games featuring Army, Navy and Air Force, highlighted by Rutgers vs. Army at Yankee Stadium on November 12 and Southern Miss at Navy on October 10.
The Network also enters its sixth year as a broadcast partner of the Mountain West and seventh year with Conference USA. CBS Sports Network will air three Boise State games during the Broncos’ first season in the Mountain West and will showcase other top teams including: Purdue at Rice (9/10), Boston College at UCF (9/10), Northwestern at Army (9/17), Virginia Tech at Marshall (9/24), SMU at TCU (10/1), North Carolina at ECU (10/1), ECU at Houston (10/8) and TCU at San Diego State (10/8).
2011 CBS SPORTS NETWORK COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
(ALL TIMES EASTERN)
Sept. 1 (Thursday) — UMass at Holy Cross, Fitton Football Stadium, Worcester, MA, 8:00 PM
September 3 — Delaware at Navy, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD, 3:30 PM
September 8 (Thursday) — Central Washington at Humboldt State, Redwood Bowl, Arcata, CA, 8:00 PM
September 10 – San Diego State at Army, Michie Stadium, West Point, NY, 12:00 NOON
September 10 – Purdue at Rice, Rice Stadium, Houston, TX, 3:30 PM
September 10 – Boston College at UCF, Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL, 8:00 PM
September 15 (Thursday) – Bloomsburg at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, George P. Miller Stadium, Indiana, PA, 8:00 PM
September 17 – Northwestern at Army, Michie Stadium, West Point, NY, 3:30 PM
September 17 – Hawaii at UNLV, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV, 10:00 PM (Mtn. Simulcast)
September 22 (Thursday) — Missouri Western State at Washburn, Washburn Yager Stadium, Topeka, KS, 8:00 PM
September 24 — Virginia Tech at Marshall, Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV, 3:30 PM
September 24 – Tulsa at Boise State, Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID, 8:00 PM
Sept. 29 (Thursday) — Houston at UTEP, Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX, 8:00 PM
October 1 – Tulane at Army, Michie Stadium, West Point, NY, 12:00 NOON
October 1 – SMU at TCU, Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX, 3:30 PM
October 1 – North Carolina at ECU, Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX, 8:00 PM
October 6 (Thursday) – Colorado School of Mines at Colorado State-Pueblo, The Thunderbowl, Pueblo, CO, 8:00 PM
October 8 — Southern Miss at Navy, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD, 3:30 PM
October 8 – ECU at Houston, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 7:00 PM
October 8 – TCU at San Diego State, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 10:30 PM
October 13 (Thursday) — San Diego State at Air Force, Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, CO, 8:00 PM
October 15 — UAB at Tulsa, Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK, 8:00 PM
October 20 (Thursday) — Ashland at Saginaw Valley State, Wickes Memorial Stadium, University Center, MI, 8:00 PM
October 22 — ECU at Navy, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD, 3:30 PM
October 22 — SMU at Southern Miss, Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS, 8:00 PM
October 27 (Thursday) — Augustana College at Minnesota State, Blakeslee Stadium, Mankato, MN, 8:00 PM
October 29 — Lehigh at Colgate, Andy Kerr Stadium, Hamilton, NY, 12:00 NOON
October 29 – Fordham at Army, Michie Stadium, West Point, NY, 3:30 PM
October 29 – Southern Miss at UTEP, Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX, 8:00 PM
November 3 (Thursday) — Tulsa at UCF, Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL, 8:00 PM
November 5 – Troy at Navy, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD, 3:30 PM
November 5 – Houston at UAB, Legion Field, Birmingham, AL, 7:00 PM
November 5 – Boise State at UNLV, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV, 10:30 PM
November 10 (Thursday) – Houston at Tulane, Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS, 8:00 PM
November 12 – Rutgers vs. Army, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY, 3:30 PM
November 12 – UCF at Southern Miss, Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS, 8:00 PM
November 17 (Thursday) — Southern Miss at UAB, Legion Field, Birmingham, AL, 8:00 PM
November 19 — Colorado State at TCU, Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX, 3:30 PM
November 19 — Boise State at San Diego State, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 8:00 PM
November 25 (Friday) — UTEP at UCF, Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL, 7:00 PM
November 26 — ECU at Marshall, Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV, 3:30 PM
December 3 — Fresno State at San Diego State, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 8:00 PM
* All dates and game times subject to change