Ohio State-Michigan 2017 Remains a Noon Kickoff Despite Switch to FOX

By Eric Seger on May 31, 2017 at 3:08 pm
Ohio State-Michigan 2017 a noon start.

The Game remains in its rightful place at high noon.

Ohio State-Michigan will be on a different television carrier this fall on FOX, but its annual kickoff time remains the same, the schools and television networks announced on Wednesday. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are set to meet for the 114th time on Nov. 25.

Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh's third matchup as coaches in the storied rivalry is set for Michigan Stadium, the place where the Buckeyes rolled over the Wolverines 42-13 two years ago on the legs of Ezekiel Elliott and J.T. Barrett. Last season, Curtis Samuel's 15-yard touchdown run in double-overtime inched the Buckeyes to the victory circle 30-27.

With FOX winning the arms race against ESPN to own the larger chunk of broadcasting rights for the Big Ten, the network had first dibs on which games it wanted to show this fall and when. The only season in ages that Ohio State-Michigan kicked off at a time other than noon came in 2006 when the teams were ranked No. 1 and No. 2. Some thought FOX might move the best rivalry in college football off its noon pedestal.

The news Wednesday proved that to not be the case. So while you'll have to tune your television set to a different channel the Saturday after Thanksgiving to watch Ohio State-Michigan, the time doing so won't change.

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