Jim Williams: Fox is a player in prime time for college football

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Fox Sports has been in the college football business for a long time, but for the first time Fox has joined ABC/ESPN with a Saturday night prime-time game of the week this year.

Its lead broadcast team is Gus Johnson and Charles Davis, and they will be in Los Angeles covering heavyweights Nebraska and UCLA.

Davis recently said he was excited about the depth in college football this year. He said each conference has teams worthy of being in the national championship conversation.

Is this another year where it is the SEC and everyone else?

Davis » "Right now, today, I would say USC and Alabama will play for the BCS national championship. But the SEC is loaded with LSU, Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina. The Pac-12 won't be easy with Oregon and Stanford. The Big 12 is always a factor, and they are deep with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Kansas State and West Virginia all capable of being there in the end."

What about the Big Ten, ACC and Big East?

Davis » "I like Wisconsin with former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien as the favorite. Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska will have a say in the conference championship. In the ACC it is supposed to be the year [Florida State] returns to the national championship picture. I like Jimbo Fisher, but they will be challenged by Virginia Tech and Clemson. Louisville out of the Big East is their best team going into this season. People keep writing the Big East off, but they have some very strong up-and-coming programs to go with Boise State when everything settles down in 2013. I love their new commissioner, Mike Aresco, who comes over from CBS, where they built a great college sports portfolio. So this year it will be Louisville, Cincinnati and you can never count out South Florida. But those who think the Big East is a pushover league do so at their own peril."

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Check out his blog, Watch this!, on washingtonexaminer.com.

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