It’s official: Florida, Penn State, Arizona State and Washington State will be the four college football teams featured on a HBO’s new Hard Knocks-style limited series called 24/7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL, the network announced Wednesday. It’s an extension of HBO’s 24/7 franchise.
Although Washington State football’s Twitter account confirmed its involvement in August, the four teams originally reported to be involved included Alabama, not Florida. It’s described as an “all-access college football series” with a behind-the-scenes look at each team throughout its preparation for one week on the 2019 schedule, and the four-episode docuseries will be narrated by actor Liev Schreiber.
The first episode, which focuses on the Gators, will air Wednesday, October 1 at 10 p.m. ET and PT and will be followed by episodes on Penn State, Arizona State and Washington State, respectively, each subsequent Wednesday.
“We are excited to have this opportunity to be the first college football program to be showcased on HBO’s 24/7 franchise,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said, via 247Sports.com. “I am a big fan of Hard Knocks and I look forward to working with some of the best in the business.”
Previously speaking about cameras being at practice, Washington State head coach Mike Leach said he advised his players to ignore them because “they want a genuine look, and we’re not going to get our work done unless we effectively ignore one another.” The Cougars will be on the final episode and will be about their week leading up to the Colorado game.
“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,” HBO Sports executive producer Rick Bernstein said, in part, in a statement. “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.”
Yes, it’s easy to get excited about this, especially if the show will give you an in-depth look at how your favorite team prepares one week. However, it’s important to remember (and fair to assume) that this is another way for people to make money off of college sports with the exception of those actually participating in those sports.
Here is the complete schedule from HBO:
EPISODE 1: FLORIDA GATORS
Debut date: Wednesday, Oct. 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Chronicles game week of Towson vs. Florida (9/28).
EPISODE 2: PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
Debut date: Wednesday, Oct. 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Chronicles game week of Purdue vs. Penn State (10/5).
EPISODE 3: ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
Debut date: Wednesday, Oct. 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Chronicles game week of Washington State vs. Arizona State (10/12).
EPISODE 4: WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
Debut date: Wednesday, Oct. 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Chronicles game week of Colorado vs. Washington State (10/19).