As part of its continued push to bring national relevance to its noon timeslot, Fox has scheduled the upcoming showdown between Penn State and Ohio State for a 12:00 ET start. If both teams are able to get through the next two weeks unscathed, it will be a matchup of top-four teams in Columbus, and likely a de facto Big Ten East championship game.
That means the Penn State-Ohio State game will be scheduled for noon on Nov. 23 and be part of Fox's Big Noon Saturday strategy.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) November 6, 2019
No. 4 Penn State will first have to get by No. 17 Minnesota this weekend in Minneapolis before hosing a feisty Indiana team. No. 1 Ohio State will have to find a way to persevere over Maryland and Rutgers (lol).
This is expected to be one of the biggest games of the college football regular season, and while the noon start is favorable news for Penn State in terms of keeping the energy in the opposing stadium's fan base relatively repressed, Ohio State fans surely are not pleased with the timing.
Fox is taking its college football pregame show to Columbus, Ohio for the Penn State-Ohio State game on Nov. 23. The show will be expanded by an hour (10am-noon). The first hour, it will be outside the stadium; the next hour it will move inside the stadium.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) November 6, 2019
The game will also be preceded by Fox's college football pregame show, which is expanding to two hours for the festivities. That does not necessarily preclude the ESPN College GameDay from being on campus as well. That won't be announced until the week before the game, however.