Football: Ohio State To Play Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon On FOX

By May 14, 2021 (6:00 pm)Football
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In what is likely to be Ohio State’s highest-ranked matchup of the season, it will take on Oregon in a familiar home on Sept. 11 when the two square off in Ohio Stadium. FOX announced on May 13 that the Buckeyes will square off with the Ducks on its primary network. The game will be on FOX’s Big Noon Saturday spot, which goes to the highest profile FOX game each week.

Ohio State will also play host the the Big Noon Kickoff show, featuring Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Rob Stone and Bob Stoops, who is set to take over for former analyst Urban Meyer.

This will be the second time that the Buckeyes can be seen on FOX, with Ohio State set to debut on the network for a Thursday road matchup against Minnesota. The time for that game is yet to be determined. Also, as expected, Ohio State will play Michigan at noon on Nov. 27, which will also be on FOX.

That’s been a frequent home for the Buckeyes since FOX announced its Big Noon initiative back in 2019. Ohio State has been featured in the Noon broadcast window eight times since then (would have been nine, if not for the cancelation of the 2020 game with Michigan), more than any other team. Michigan has appeared six times, followed by a tie for third between Oklahoma and Texas (five appearances each) and a three-way tie for fourth, as Kansas State, Texas Tech and West Virginia have each played three games.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said on May 13 that he isn’t sure if Ohio Stadium will be at full capacity when the Ducks come to town, but that he would love to see it. The Cincinnati Reds are moving to full capacity in June, as CDC guidelines loosen, which seems to be very positive news on the full capacity front for the Buckeyes.