CBS SPORTS FEATURES COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER ON SATURDAY, DEC. 7
NO. 3-AUBURN TAKES ON NO. 5-MISSOURI IN SEC CHAMPIONSHIP AT 4:00 PM, ET
INAUGURAL MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP WITH
NO. 23-FRESNO STATE VS. UTAH STATE AT 10:00 PM, ET
CBS Sports Network Provides Post-Game Coverage for Both Championship Games
CBS Sports presents a college football Championship doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 7. Action kicks-off at 4:00 PM, ET with the SEC Championship featuring *No. 3-ranked Auburn taking on *No. 5-ranked Missouri at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.
CBS Sports' lead college football announce team of Verne Lundquist, analyst Gary Danielson and reporter Tracy Wolfson call the action. Craig Silver, the Network's coordinating producer of college football, produces and Steve Milton directs.
At 10:00 PM, ET, CBS Sports broadcasts the inaugural Mountain West Championship featuring *No. 23-ranked Fresno State against Utah State from Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif. Andrew Catalon, analyst Aaron Taylor and reporter Allie LaForce announce. Sellers Shy produces and Jim Cornell directs.
Kicking off the day's coverage live from the field of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta is CBS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY (3:00-3:30 PM, ET) with host Tim Brando and analysts Spencer Tillman and Brian Jones. COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, CBS Sports' pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show, with Brando, Tillman and Jones, begins at 3:30 PM, ET. Vin DeVito produces and Linda Malino directs. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
Following the SEC Championship, CBS Sports Network airs SEC TONIGHT, providing immediate highlights and analysis of Auburn-Missouri, as well as post-game interviews and coverage from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Brent Stover hosts along with analysts Houston Nutt, Randy Cross and Adam Archuleta. Upon conclusion of the Mountain West Championship, the MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP POST-GAME SHOW airs with host Adam Zucker, who is joined by Nutt, Cross and Archuleta.
As it has done for the entire 2013 SEC ON CBS football schedule, CBS Sports will provide live streaming coverage of the SEC Championship. The game is available exclusively on exclusively on CBSSports.com, (CBSSports.com/SECLive) and on the CBS Sports mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android
(*BCS Rankings as of 12/1/13)
CERPTS FROM CBS SPORTS' SEC CHAMPIONSHIP CONFERENCE CALL ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
(Gary Danielson On James Franklin):
James Franklin probably is the key to the football game. In modern day football, whether it's the NFL or college, your quarterback has to come through. He is going to have to be multi-dimensional to make an impact on the game. Even Johnny Manziel couldn't do it just throwing the ball.
(Danielson on How Mid-Season Injury to Franklin was Handled):
I've been part of these quarterback controversies as a player so I'm familiar with it and how it can handle or change a locker room... The way Gary Pinkel handled it in the end was a brilliant move...It was a great strategy by Pinkel and it sold the team to everybody that there's competition for every position but I'm loyal to a guy who's done a good job for me.
(Danielson on Auburn's Mindset Coming off Two Legendary Games):
The fact is neither of these teams is ranked number one or number two and they're not defending their position in the BCS Championship. I think they're going to come out loose and play a great football game. I don't think it's going to be a big factor (for Auburn). The style of play they run, downhill, the triple option, happens almost by instinct. There is not a lot of thinking. It's more reacting. Their defense hasn't stopped anybody anyway so how bad could they play? They're already used to having people throw the ball on them. It's not like they're going to melt when Missouri completes a couple passes. Everybody else has too.
(On Gary Pinkel And Missouri)
I think Gary Pinkel has changed his philosophy a little bit. I think they run less finesse and bubble screens and more rough and tough zone read plays...Gary has had a long experienced coaching tenure. He has done a great job with the team, but I think this was a hungry team that wanted to prove that they belonged playing "big boy" football. Missouri is a much stronger mental team than they were a year ago.