FOX Officially Set to Televise Ohio State vs. Michigan at Noon

By Dan Hope on May 13, 2024 at 5:53 pm
Davison Igbinosun vs. Michigan in 2023

The Game is officially set for a noon kickoff on FOX.

To the surprise of no one, FOX used its No. 1 pick in the Big Ten game draft between the television networks to select the annual rivalry game between Ohio State and Michigan, keeping The Game in its traditional noon ET time slot.

The Game will be as anticipated as ever this year as Ohio State looks to snap its three-game losing streak in the rivalry and earn its first win over the Wolverines since 2019. The Buckeyes will be looking for their first home win in The Game since 2018, as the 2020 game that was scheduled to be played at Ohio Stadium was canceled.

“I’m assuming it’ll be what it’s always been,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said last week when talking about The Game during an interview on WOSU. “But the last time that we had the level of interest in that game was 2006, 1 vs. 2. And I think that this year, it probably won’t be 1 vs. 2, but it’ll be 1 vs. somebody, and we need to make sure we pack that place and we’re ready to roll early. Be in your seats early. Don’t wait till the kickoff. Be in your seats early.”

FOX has televised every Ohio State vs. Michigan game since 2017, when FOX became the Big Ten’s primary media rights partner. The Game is routinely the most-watched game of college football’s regular season. More than 19 million people watched the 2023 edition of The Game, making it the most-watched regular-season college football game since 2011.

Every Ohio State vs. Michigan game since 2007 has kicked off at noon. The 2006 edition of The Game, aka the “Game of the Century,” was moved to a 3:30 p.m. kickoff by ABC.

Kickoff times for Ohio State’s first 11 games of the 2024 season have not yet been announced.

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