FCS Kicks Off This Weekend


Fox College Sports, the new name for Fox Sports Net’s three out-of-market regional sports channels, kicks off Saturday (Sept. 4) with a schedule that includes as many as 150 college-football games this season.

Fox said Thursday the schedule contains 32 National Collegiate Athletic Association division 1-A schools, including the defending national champion University of Southern California, 13th-ranked California and No. 21 Wisconsin.

Six games will be televised during the first weekend. On FCS Pacific, Northern Arizona at Arizona, Fresno State at Washington (Sunday) and Florida Atlantic at Hawaii; on FCS Central, Colorado University at Colorado State University and North Dakota at Northern Colorado; and on FCS Atlantic, Howard University at Alabama State University.

Fox said that once the transition from Fox Digital Sports Nets to FCS is complete, the three channels will be stocked with collegiate programming culled from FSN regional sports networks and its affiliates. The channels will feature men’s and women’s competitions across a range of NCAA-sanctioned sports highlighted by perennial powers from the ACC, Big 12, Pac 10, SEC, plus other top conferences.

The three networks will combine to telecast more than 800 live NCAA events over the course of a year.