ESPN has announced two new weekly docuseries coming next year in celebration of College Football’s 150th anniversary.

  • The two new series are titled The American Game and The Greatest and will premiere in September 2019.
  • The American Game will take a definitive look at College Football not just as a sport but also as a cultural phenomenon in America.
  • Topics being examined in The American Game will include:
    • The Evolution of the Game
    • Integration
    • Bowls, Polls and Picking a Champion
    • The Heisman Trophy
    • The College-Pro Relationship
  • The American Game will premiere on September 17, 2019.
  • The Greatest will provide a series of rankings on a variety of topics including:
    • Best uniforms
    • Best rivalry games
    • Best voices
    • Best “What if?” scenarios
    • And more
  • 11-member ESPN juries will debate and discuss the candidates for a new top 11 list each episode.
  • The Greatest will premiere on September 19, 2019.
  • Both series will run for 11 episodes and are being produced by the Emmy award-winning Herzog & Company.
  • These two new series are pillars of ESPN’s College Football 150 initiative, a yearlong, multi-platform storytelling initiative that will begin on January 2, 2019 primarily on ESPN’s digital and social platforms.
  • ESPN also released a trailer for these two new docuseries, which you can watch below.

What they’re saying:

  • ESPN Vice President & Executive Producer John Dahl: “The history of college football is ripe for this kind of deeper dive into the topics and stories that make it so compelling. By exploring it on and off the field through various themes, we have the opportunity to entertain and enlighten fans with fresh and engaging content week after week.”
  • Executive Producer Mark Herzog: “We’re thrilled to be working with ESPN on The American Game and The Greatest. There’s nothing like the devotion and spirit of college football fans and our hope is that we can give everyone a complete understanding of the phenomenon that college football has become.”


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