Ohio State-Cal Kick Time Set for 7 p.m. Eastern

May 29, 2013 at 2:19p    by Kyle Rowland    
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Ohio State-Cal will be in prime time. In Ohio, at least.

Add another late start to the mix. It was announced today that Ohio State’s trip to California will be played at 7 p.m. EDT, 4 p.m. PDT and televised on Fox. That is in addition to three 8 p.m. eastern starts, two at home versus Wisconsin (Sept. 28) and Penn State (Oct. 26) and one on the road against Northwestern (Oct. 5).

Urban Meyer pushed more late starts at home and on the road for recruiting purposes. It puts the Buckeyes in the spotlight and opens up millions of eyeballs to the football program.

The atmosphere in Ohio Stadium provides a distinct home field advantage and provides a showcase for recruits. It also allows them easier access after playing on Friday nights.

Six of the Buckeyes' eight home games started at noon last season. There are none so far in 2013. The other announced starting time is the homecoming game versus Iowa (Oct. 19), which will kick off at 3:30 p.m.


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MattyBeingMatty's picture

“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

OSUs12-OH's picture

That's why everyone thinks it could be a scare game. It's at night.  Now I see;-) J/K 
Early Prediction:  I'm going with 45-14 OSU wins big.  No need to fear.

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Nkohl13's picture

Its not even at night really. Ha ha. It technically kicks off at 4:00.

Jason Priestas's picture

The lights will be on for the 4th quarter and for everyone back home, it's a night game.

OSUs12-OH's picture

That was part of my joke my man.  Next time I'll put it in italics ;-) I'm all about sarcasm.

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Earle's picture

Don't do it, man.  Let your sarcasm speak for itself.  Just say no to sarcasm font.

Just say no to italics abuse.

OSUs12-OH's picture

LMAO Earle...you're right.  I'll keep it real and leave it as is;-)

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

ATLBuckeye09's picture

I comepletely agree. I will be at the game again this year as a return with a good buddy of mine here in Atlanta who is a Cal Alum. On their boards they are picking this one to be their OOC surprise win because last years game was close in The Shoe and they have a new coach who throws the ball around. Of course I had to spank him down in a text when he started that crap with me. I that tOSU team was crap compared to what you're going to see this year and we went 12-0. Brax is going to be lights out! Should be a good one out there!

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

acBuckeye's picture

All the Berkeley students should be down from their trees by 4 pm. 
PS - I guess the 4 Letter didn't want this game?

tennbuckeye19's picture

I believe Fox gets first dibs on Pac 12 games. 

Hovenaut's picture

They'll be out of the trees after 4:20, and coming down as the game progresses.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

OSUStu's picture

Keep those late games comin'.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

NoVA Buckeye's picture

DID SOMEONE SAY GUS JOHNSON?????

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

LadyBuck's picture

I love Gus. Now, as long as the Law of Gus does not come into play, I'm good.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Might have to DVR the game since I'll be there just to hear Gus call it. Don't forget the Erin Andrews and Eddie George midgame/postgame talks. All around this should provide good commentary if others like these announcers. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

OSUs12-OH's picture

I love that pic....had it up on my Facebook for a while;-)

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

OSUinFl's picture

These night games are a great recruiting  tool.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

If only it actually was a night game. It would be nighttime in Ohio, but it would be the middle of the day in Cali

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

ATLBuckeye09's picture

This works for me since I am flying from Atlanta on Friday afternoon to see the Cal game. It gives me more time to sleep in since I know once I hit NoCal I am going to be drinking hard that night! Was up in The Shoe on the 50 yrd line last year with a Cal alum buddy of mine and looking forward to the return trip out there. Go Bucks beat Cal & Beat scUM!

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Love the night game atmosphere!  More time for the croud to get primed and ready!  ha ha
Go Bucks!!

bbase22's picture

So it's 4pm Pacific Standard Time...not exactly a night game...Urban referred to night games for the atmosphere it provides recruits...4pm isn't a night game and probably won't feel like one when I'm there

bucknutz18's picture

its a road game so the night time atmosphere is a moot point.  The best thing is that eastern time zone recruits will be able to watch this game in prime time.  

Seth4Bucks's picture

Personally, I'm glad it's later in the day. I don't think Cal usually has that good of a stadium atmosphere. I think Cal's best home field advantage factor is the time zone difference and they kind of threw that away with a 4pm start time. It's actually one of the worst time slots they could've picked; too early for a night game atmosphere and way too late to take advantage of the time difference.

Doc's picture

Seth, you beat me to the punch.  I think the 4:00p.m. PST start plays favorably for us.  It wipes out the early jet laggy start time advantage.  Good for us!

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Bucks will be up by 2 touchdowns before the Cal Berkeley home crowd has a chance to settle into their seats after waiting in line for wasabi crusted net-free sustainable sushi kabobs and ginger infused chai tea with lingonberry foam...........
  

IBleedSandG's picture

The only thing that has me a little worried (probably too strong of a word) about this game is the fact that it's on the other side of the country. And a lot of the guys on the team have never traveled that far.

"You pick up the rifle and go as hard as you can possibly go."
-UFM

MediBuck's picture

Thank God. I might be able to catch this tilt in person, and if I can't get tickets, when I get off call for once :/

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes