Oregon at Ohio State set for 9am kickoff, not in primetime


One of the best (and worst) feelings as a sports fan is the stress throughout the day leading up to a big game.

Well, FOX has decided to not give Ducks fans that for its marquee road game at Ohio State on September 11th, instead opting for a 9:00 a.m. PT kickoff so it aligns with the program's "Big Noon" initiative. 

But don't worry! FOX has decided to play one of MLB's 2,430 regular season baseball games in primetime instead, which will almost surely lose a ratings battle against likely primetime broadcasts of Washington at Michigan or Stanford at USC. 

Rather than allow the whole country to watch the Ducks and Buckeyes go at each other in primetime, college kids in Eugene may sleep through the game entirely. 

The announcement comes after USC and Arizona State opened the Pac-12 season with a 9 a.m kickoff on FOX. 

Last September, Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens reiterated an earlier stance of being against the Ducks playing at 9:00 a.m. 

"We discussed that a couple of years ago when Fox started with their Big New eastern time kickoff. For us a 9 a.m. kick is difficult because of the wake-up time, what time you'd be eating breakfast," said Mullens per 247Sports. "While it doesn't impact the fans, it would still impact our student-athletes. We haven't dug deep into it. But now when you layer in the daily testing that is going to be required and the length of time it will take to do that process before you know who is even available. I don't think the University of Oregon is going to be raising our hand for 9 a.m. kickoff."


The game will be played at 12:00 p.m. ET in Ohio. 

Last year, the Buckeyes trip to Autzen was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both schools are trying to reschedule that trip but it could be years, perhaps a decade, into the future due to future scheduling conflicts. 

This home-and-home was agreed upon in 2012.