head coach of the Maize and Blue. Over 90 games will be broadcast on Fox networks this season including 18 on Fox and 40 on Fox Sports 1. With that, Fox will also be making some changes to their top broadcast teams. Let's take a look.
From last year's lead announcing team, Gus Johnson will return on the play-by-play and Molly McGrath will return on the sidelines but there will be a change as Joel Klatt will replace Charles Davis as the lead analyst. As Richard Deitsch reported earlier today, Davis will return to working NFL games with Thom Brennaman in the wake of Donovan McNabb's indefinite suspension in the wake of his DUI and thus Klatt, who previously worked as a studio analyst. Davis is an excellent analyst and will be missed on the college side but Klatt has been one of the all-stars of FS1 during their short history thanks to his versatility and he is a pretty good analyst in his own right.
Johnson, Klatt and McGrath will work together for the first time on the aforementioned Michigan-Utah matchup in about six weeks.
The secondary Fox team will also see some changes as well as the very solid Joe Davis, who was teamed with Joey Harrington last season, will be joined by Brady Quinn. Quinn, who split last season from doing both college and NFL games, impressed me in his limited work and is deserving of a full-time gig. Kris Budden will return as the sideline reporter for this team.
Tim Brando will return to doing Thursday games and he will work with a familiar face: Spencer Tillman. Tillman was replaced back in March at CBS by Rick Neuheisel and had previously worked alongside Brando in the studio since 1998.
The fourth team will include Justin Kutcher working alongside either Petros Papadakis or newcomer Steve Hutchinson as those two will alternate by the week from doing games or working the studio.
Klatt will be replaced in the studio by Matt Leinart and he will join host Rob Stone and returning analyst Dave Wannstedt.