NCAA.com will kick off the 2011 football season on Thursday with exclusive features that create a fully interactive destination for fans, including companions GameCenter and NCAA Football Saturday. The exclusive editorial content and robust video features will give fans complete access each week to video highlights, stats, rankings, photos and social chatter across the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and Division III.

NCAA Football Saturday, the site’s focal point on Saturday game days, will provide a dashboard for football content that will give users a true companion experience every Saturday during the season. NCAA Football Saturday will provide users with video highlights from the day’s top games, a live interactive blog -- “From the Stands” -- trending topics, expert analysis, fan polls and photos. 

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The site’s focal point on Saturday game days will provide a dashboard for content that will give users a true companion experience.

NCAA Football Saturday preview

NCAA.com also will feature GameCenter, the site’s live scoring application. GameCenter allows fans to track key scores and stats from college football, including scoring drives, team and individual statistics, play-by-play logs and social media touch-points. In addition, fans will be able to “Like” or follow their team via Twitter and Facebook integration. Users also can toggle between games to follow the latest action.

“It’s an exciting week for NCAA.com as we dramatically expand our college football presence and begin to offer fans new and innovative products and content franchises,” said Mark Johnson, vice-president business operations, Turner Sports. “On NCAA.com, fans will be able to enjoy a fully interactive experience while staying informed about their favorite teams throughout the entire college football season.”

In addition to the extensive game day coverage, NCAA.com is the weekly destination for college football news and information.  Starting Monday, the site will feature:

• Monday – NCAA Football Plays of the Week: A weekly video snapshot of the best plays in college football.
• Tuesday – NCAA Football Power Rankings: NCAA.com’s editorial staff will compile a statistics-based power rankings of the top 15 teams in the nation. Fans also can select and share their top 25 each week and be part of the Fans’ Top 25.
• Wednesday – NCAA.com College Football Preview Show: The weekly show, hosted by Vince Cellini and Dave Archer, will look at the weekend’s upcoming games.
• Thursday – Weekend Preview: An in-depth written analysis of the key matchups for the weekend.
• Thursday – What to Watch: A viewer’s guide for each week’s slate of college football games.

NCAA.com college football coverage will kickoff this week with Five Games, Five States, Five Days. For the first five days of the season, NCAA.com will travel to five different states and feature exclusive content from five different games within all divisions of college football. The games include:

• Thursday: West Alabama vs. South Alabama in Mobile, Ala.
• Friday: Clark Atlanta vs. Georgia State in Atlanta
• Saturday: East Carolina vs. South Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.
• Sunday: Marshall vs. West Virginia in Morgantown, W. Va.
• Monday: Miami (Fla.) vs. Maryland in College Park, Md.

Throughout the season, NCAA.com will continue to provide content that makes the site a key destination for college football fans who want the most up-to-date information on their favorite teams and alma maters.