ABC’s No. 1 college football broadcast team changes gears Saturday night, shifting from the overly enthusiastic Brent Musburger to the low-key Chris Fowler.
With Musburger taking a new assignment with the SEC Network, Fowler will make his debut as the Saturday night play-by-play announcer on the Oklahoma State-Florida State game, working with analyst Kirk Herbstreit and reporter Heather Cox. He’s excited about the opportunity, which will include calling a semifinal game and championship game of the new College Football Playoff.
“I feel great about the challenge,” Fowler said recently in a conference call. “Saturday should be busy. ... There’s nothing you would rather be doing when you love the sport, getting people ready for games in the morning and then calling a game at night.”
Fowler, 52, will continue to host ESPN’s “College GameDay,” working with Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and several other contributors. They will be in Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, for Saturday morning’s show to preview the OSU-Florida State game.
In the booth, don’t expect Fowler to cultivate trademark phrases such as Keith Jackson’s “Whoa, Nellie!”
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