FOX to air Friday Night college football matchup each week this fall

By Kevin Kelley -

FOX Sports will televise a college football game on Friday night in primetime each week this fall, the network announced on Thursday.

The Friday primetime slate on the FOX broadcast networks will include games from the Big Ten, Big 12, and Mountain West conferences.

“FOX is football, and our new Friday night package will make FOX the leader in America’s game throughout the weekend,” said Michael Mulvihill, President, Insight and Analytics, FOX Corporation. “We’ve built our collegiate business by seizing opportunities in previously underutilized timeslots, first with BIG NOON SATURDAY and now on Friday nights. Our goal this fall is to have the No. 1 college football game on both Fridays and Saturdays and the top NFL game on Sundays.”

In addition to historic programs such as Michigan and Ohio State, Big Ten football in 2024 will include new members Oregon, UCLA, USC, and Washington.

The Big 12 loses Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC next season, but will gain Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and Utah.

FOX Sports’ 2024 college football schedule, including the new slate of Friday night contests, will be released at a later date. That release will likely occur in late May in conjunction with the release of TV schedules for the first three weeks of the season and the college football bowl schedule.

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This is My dream Big Ten Football schedule for week 10.

Friday 11/1 Minnesota at Illinois 8:00PM,FOX Saturday 11/2 Ohio State at Penn State Noon,CBS Wisconsin at Iowa Noon,FS1 Northwestern at Purdue Noon,BTN Oregon at Michigan 3:30PM,CBS Indiana at Michigan State 4:00PM,Peacock UCLA at Nebraska 7:30PM,NBC USC at Washington 10:30PM,FS1

God bless & have a safe & happy day Friends.

FOX has the noon time slot, not CBS.

Now that the CBS contract with the SEC is over, the network timeslots for the Big 10 will be the following each week:

Noon – FOX
3:30 – CBS
7:30 – NBC

Other games during those timeslots will be on BTN, FS1 or Peacock.

This is My revised dream Big Ten Football schedule for week 10.

Friday 11/1 Minnesota at Illinois 8:00PM,FOX Saturday 11/2 Wisconsin at Iowa Noon,FS1 Northwestern at Purdue Noon,BTN Oregon at Michigan 3:30PM,CBS UCLA at Nebraska 3:30PM,BTN Indiana at Michigan State 4:00PM,Peacock Ohio State at Penn State 7:30PM,NBC USC at Washington 10:30PM,FS1

Note: Kansas State at Houston will be on FOX Big Noon Saturday & Air Force at Army will be on CBS with Noon Kickoff.

I’m eight-sevenths certain that switching Minny-Ill with Wiscy-Iowa would upgrade the schedule you have thoughtfully outlined.

I am a Fan of Fighting Illini(Illinois) playing Football games under the lights occasionally.

Friday nights once upon a time were for high school football…
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But honestly they’re better off to be playing high school games on Thursday nights so that kids don’t go out drinking quite as much if they have to be in class Friday morning…

I respectfully disagree David. If the high school games are played on Thursday night, attendance will be less. The kids will simply find other Friday night activities to drink to.

114% enjoy competition on Friday evening during fall between High School and College Football & living in Chicagoland Area I am Fan of West Chicago Wildcats,Wheaton-Warrenville South Tigers & York(Elmhurst) Duke playing Home High School Football games on Friday evening.

To Big Ten main reason that FOX get first choice of Big Ten Football game is that FOX have only cable/satellite partner FS1 should Big 12 game like Kansas State at Houston would end up on FOX Big Noon Saturday & FS1 can show Big Ten game like Wisconsin at Iowa & that would make a excellent mandatory rule if Big 12 or Boise State game ends on FOX Big noon Saturday FS1 in a must show a Big Ten game.

God bless & have a safe & happy day.

I just wonder how all these games will be selected and which schools will be more willing to have Friday night games. Will bigger schools like Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State be forced to move some of their games to Friday nights due to the Big Ten TV contract? Plus, will there be a limit on the number of times each school has to host one of these Friday night games. Plus, with three conferences worth of games, how will those Friday games be split?

Brian I have 114% confidence that FOX will rotate with Big Ten,Big 12 & Mountain West for their Friday evening telecasts.

We already know that the B10 will have 9 games on Friday night. Most likely the B12 and MWC (which, note, will host ORSU and WSU a bunch of times) will have 2-4 games each on Friday night.

Also, Michigan refuses to play any Friday night games, OSU is willing to only play one Friday night game away the weekend of their fall break (interestingly, they are @UO that week in 2024) and PSU refuses to host Friday night games before Black Friday but is willing to travel away on Friday nights.

To Richard It would be fair enough that Big Ten,Big 12 & Mountain West would take turns to be on FOX Friday evening Football plus I like to see Mountain West increase more regular TV time to fill PAC 12 void & would like FS1 to do a game or two in late October when FOX have Baseball Fall classic also known as World Series.

My guess is that there will be no real difference in 2024 compared to the past couple of seasons when schedules are announced. Friday night college games have been going on for as long as I can remember (and yes they have included some of the big names in the Big10 playing games there). I’m figuring the extra games that the Big10 gets this year with USC et. al will be used on Friday’s the way ESPN would have used them. Again, I’m not expecting a major shift in games from Saturday to Friday with this news.

FS1 would show a College Football game just in case FOX is schedule to do a World Series Baseball game on November 1st.

This is My dream College Football schedule for week 10

Tuesday 10/29 New Mexico State at FIU 7:00PM,ESPNU Louisiana at Texas State 7:30PM,ESPN2 Louisiana Tech at Sam Houston 8:00PM,CBSSN Wednesday 10/30 Jacksonville State at Liberty 7:30PM,ESPN2 Kennesaw State at WKU 8:00PM,ESPNU Thursday 10/31 Tulane at Charlotte 7:00PM,ESPN Delaware State at Howard 7:30PM,ESPNU Friday 11/1 Cornell at Princeton 7:00PM,ESPNU South Florida at Florida Atlantic 7:30PM,ESPN2 Minnesota at Illinois 8:00PM,FOX Middle Tennessee at UTEP 9:00PM,CBSSN Saturday 11/2 Air Force at Army Noon,CBS Northwestern at Purdue Noon,BTN Wisconsin at Iowa Noon,FS1 Kansas State at Houston Noon,FOX Virginia Tech at Syracuse Noon,ABC Texas A&M at South Carolina Noon,ESPN Memphis at UTSA Noon,ESPN2 Maine at Oklahoma Noon,ESPNU Georgia State at UConn Noon,CBSSN Vanderbilt at Auburn Noon,SECN Louisville at Clemson Noon,ACCN Toledo at Easten Michigan 1:00PM,ESPN+ Duke at Miami 2:00PM,CW Tulsa at UAB 2:00PM,ESPN+ Oregon at Michigan 3:30PM,CBS UCLA at Nebraska 3:30PM,BTN Wyoming at New Mexico 3:30PM,FS1 Ole Miss at Arkansas 3:30PM,ABC Arizona at UCF 3:30PM,ESPN Navy at Rice 3:30PM,ESPNU Buffalo at Akron 3:30PM,CBSSN Kentucky at Tennessee 3:30PM,SECN Coastal Carolina at Troy 3:30PM,ESPN+ Arizona State at Oklahoma State 4:00PM,FOX Indiana at Michigan State 4:00PM,Peacock Texas Southern at Florida A&M 4:00PM,ESPN2 Stanford at NC State 4:00PM,ACCN Colorado State at Nevada 5:30PM,NSN(Reno) MWC Digital ULM at Marshall 6:00PM,NFLN North Carolina at Florida State 7:00PM,ESPN San Diego State at Boise State 7:00PM,CBSSN TCU at Baylor 7:00PM,FS1 Old Dominion at App State 7:00PM,ESPN+ Ohio State at Penn State 7:30PM,NBC Florida vs Georgia(Jacksonville) 7:30PM,ABC Georgia Southern at South Alabama 7:30PM,ESPNU UMass at Mississippi State 7:30PM,SECN Hawaii at Fresno State 8:00PM,FOX Texas Tech at Iowa State 8:00PM,ESPN2 Pitt at SMU 8:00PM,ACCN USC at Washinton 10:30PM,FS1 Montana State at Eastern Washington 10:30PM,ESPN

P.S. Pardon me for taking all this space during commentary god bless & have a safe & happy day Friends.

If Fox still has UM-OSU they should take advantage by putting it at night on Black Friday otherwise give it to NBC Saturday night.

Friday evening would be better choice for Michigan/Ohio State should NBC do Friday evening UM-OSU & FOX would show a Big 12 game like Oklahoma State at Colorado or Mountain West or Pac 14 game like Oregon State at Boise State. NBC did a fantastic job showing Big Ten Friday evening game during Thanksgiving weekend & 114% hopefully NBC will do it again & for My favorite CBS to show Big Ten 3:30PM games Illlinois at Northwestern,Maryland at Penn State or Washington at Oregon again if UM-OSU play Friday evening.

Northwestern,Illinois & Michigan are My tri-favorites in Big Ten.

Oklahoma State & Arizona State are My co-favorites in Big 12.

Boise State & San Jose State are My co-favorites in Mountain West or Pac 14.

Which gets me to this: there should be more CFB games on the actual Thanksgiving holiday to counter the NFL invading Black Friday.

This year:

ABC: American game at noon, ACC game at 3:30, Lone Star Showdown at 7:30

CBS: Washington at Oregon at 4:30

Fox: Big Ten game at noon

NBC: Big Ten game at 3

ESPN: Egg Bowl at 7:30

ESPN 2: ACC-SEC rivalry game at 7:30

With FOX Sports Media Group losing WWE Friday Night SmackDown this year, I’m not surprised. This is the best way to go with FOX’s Friday night programming in the fall.

NBC Universal owned USA Network will air WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX ends it’s run.