HBO Sports is launching a new program this October with an all-access view of four college football programs in-season. Two of them from the Pac-12 — Arizona State and Washington — as well historical powers Penn State and Florida. The series will chronicle teams during the week of right up to gameday.
According to the network, the “four-part, limited college football series will document the lives of head coaches Dan Mullen (Florida), James Franklin (Penn State), Herm Edwards (Arizona State) and Mike Leach (Washington State), players, assistant coaches and more over one week during the regular season.” It will be shot and edited like HBO’s smash hit “Hard Knocks”, a look inside a selected NFL franchise.
24/7 College Football will run for four consecutive weeks in October, beginning next week on Wednesday, Oct. 2 with an hour-long special spotlighting Florida. Here’s the programming schedule including Washington State the week of playing Colorado.
Episode 1: Florida Gators
Debut: WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Chronicles Week Leading Up to Florida vs. Towson (Sept. 28)
Episode 2: Penn State Nittany Lions
Debut: WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Chronicles Week Leading Up to Purdue @ Penn State (Oct. 5)
Episode 3: Arizona State Sun Devils
Debut: WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Chronicles Week Leading Up to Washington State @ Arizona State (Oct. 12)
Episode 4: Washington State Cougars
Debut: WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Chronicles Week Leading Up to Colorado @ Washington State (Oct. 19)
Mike Leach on HBO will draw an audience, especially after his answer of what Pac-12 Mascot would win in a battle.
Mike Leach was in peak form on a Pac-12 mascot battle.— Alyssa Charlston (@Alyssacharlston) September 16, 2019
Do Sun Devils have mythical powers? And if a Ute has a rifle, there's some definite problems. pic.twitter.com/FCE96RXawe
“For many years, we have been enamored with the storylines and unrivaled traditions of college football, and we’re excited for the opportunity to expand the 24/7 franchise into the realm of college sports,” said HBO Sports executive producer Rick Bernstein. “Viewers will feel the tremendous electricity of some of the best atmospheres in the country, and see the meticulous preparation and challenges facing these programs in the build-up to gameday and during the game action. We are excited for the challenge of delivering a four-part series of four different college programs over a four-week period with the production values and storytelling associated with our 24/7 franchise.”
The 24/7 lineup was launched in 2007 and captured 18 Sports Emmy Awards in its first seven seasons.