Will there be a changing of the guard this season in college football?
Two of ESPN’s “College GameDay” analysts have picked UCLA, a Pac 12 team, to win the first national championship under the new playoff system, according to an ESPN news release. Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard are previewing the season with a one-hour “College GameDay” special at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Corso, Herbstreit and Howard selected only one SEC team to qualify for the semifinals.
Jenks High School will be featured in new Weather Channel content series “Friday Night Lightning” on Sept. 12 in advance of its rivalry game against Tulsa Union. Producers plan to celebrate the best of high school football and will spotlight 12 towns in 12 weeks. Featured throughout the day will be game-time forecasts and human interest stories from football and weather-crazy towns. The series debuts Friday with Joplin, Mo.
The recently launched SEC Network has added former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and former Georgia quarterback David Greene to its analyst roster. Chizik will be a studio analyst on Mondays and Tuesdays and Greene will host “Film Room” at 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
ESPN’s college football schedule kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with the new FCS Kickoff, pitting Sam Houston State at Eastern Washington.
The ESPN High School Football Kickoff this weekend includes coverage of nine games, including No. 8 Miami Central (Fla.) vs. No. 7 Hoover (Ala.) at 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN.