Fox Sports college football analyst Charles Davis, who will call the BCS national title game with play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman, speaks fondly of Oklahoma for several reasons.
His wife, the former Lisa Hales, grew up in the Oklahoma City and Norman area before moving to Memphis, Tenn., while in high school. They met as students at the University of Tennessee, where Davis was a standout defensive back.
One of his best friends, Ron Thulin, worked in the Oklahoma media for several years, including most recently hosting an afternoon talk show on the now-defunct Jox 930. The pair teamed up on TBS’ college football telecasts.
And he said former OU coach Barry Switzer, who will be a studio analyst for the BCS national title game, is a joy to work with.
"The fun is before the camera starts,” he said, "for a kid like me, hanging out with Barry Switzer and Jimmy Johnson and those guys, soaking up their wisdom. Are you kidding me? For a kid from New Paltz, N.Y., this is great.”
Davis discussed some of the keys to the BCS national title game, his third and last for Fox. Next year’s game will be in the Rose Bowl and air on ABC and ESPN then will talk over the BCS rights.
What are the keys to the game?
The offenses. What Oklahoma is doing, who has the thesaurus for it? How can you really adequately describe it? Five straight over 60 points and I know everyone wants to get in to "Is it the defenses?” I just tend to focus on what they’re doing. I don’t focus on would this team defend them better. Let’s be an honest about it. They’re not going to play an SEC schedule. That’s the first thing you’ll hear, "That wouldn’t happen in the SEC.” They are going to play one time against an SEC team, and that will have to be our litmus test.