All good, holy. Gotta light grip on the reins.
All kidding aside, we are a lot closer in our opinions than this thread and posts, including yours and mine would indicate.
But to an extent, I think we are ALL overthinking this. It goes beyond "tradition" to the networks, aka the King...ESPN/abc.
What we are all overlooking is that the last time THE GAME was on at 3:30 -- or at a time other than Noon, it was 2006, when it was 1 vs. 2 for the first time in history. Then...even the networks prevailed on tradition to televise THE GAME at a later time slot, because it mattered in a national scale. You can argue that the GAME always matters when 1 of the 2 teams has something to play for....in recent years, just OSU. But if the networks can showcase an Alabama vs. Auburn or another game that has NC implications, we'll get slotted at noon.
Or: it may be simpler than that. The networks know that Noon games suck from every point of view. So....to slot the GAME in the noon timeslot......GUARANTEES the advertisers some bang for their buck they otherwise would not get. At the end of the day, no matter what we think.....at the end of the season, there is only one game that will keep viewers watching Budweiser and Capital One commercials from noon to midnight......and we all know what GAME that is. While we all wish for a timeslot other than Noon or 1;00 as it was in the old days, until the GAME has NC implications for Ohio State and Michigan....or moreover, until another game will put eyeballs in front of TVs starting at Noon....we are all just enjoying wishful thinking.