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OU and Tulsa to be featured on Fox Sports 1's Thursday night football package

The new network will launch Aug. 17 as the replacement for the Speed channel. OU will be featured at Baylor on Nov. 7, and Tulsa has home games against Iowa State on Sept. 26 and Marshall on Nov. 14. Kickoff for all three games is 6:30 p.m.
by Mel Bracht Modified: June 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm •  Published: June 13, 2013

OU and Tulsa will be featured in Thursday night football package on Fox Sports 1, Fox's new national sports network. OU will be featured at Baylor on Nov. 7, and Tulsa has home games against Iowa State on Sept. 26 and Marshall on Nov. 14. Kickoff for all three games is 6:30 p.m.

Fox Sports 1, which will launch Aug. 17 with 90 million homes, will replace the Speed channel and be Fox's main competitor to ESPN.

The rest of the Thursday night schedule includes Utah State at Utah on Aug. 29, Florida Atlantic at East Carolina on Sept. 5, Tulane at Louisiana Tech on Sept. 12, UCLA at Utah on Oct. 3, Arizona at USC on Oct. 10, Marshall at Middle Tennessee on Oct. 24, Rice at North Texas on Oct. 31, Rice at UAB on Nov. 21 and Texas Tech at Texas on Nov. 28.

Fox Sports 1 makes its college football debut with the Utah-Utah State game. The network's other two games Labor Day weekend are North Dakota State at Kansas State at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and Boise State at Washington at 9 p.m. Aug. 31. OSU makes its Fox Sports 1 debut when it plays at UT-San Antonio at 11 a.m. Sept. 7.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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