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Big Noon Kickoff

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Big Noon Kickoff
GenreCollege football pre-game show
Presented byRob Stone
Mike Hill
Mark Ingram II (2023–present)
Matt Leinart
Brady Quinn
Urban Meyer (2019–2020; 2022–present)
Charles Woodson
Clay Travis
Tom Verducci
Bruce Feldman
Tom Rinaldi (2021–present)
Chris "Bear" Fallica (2023–present)
Opening themeFox CFB Theme
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
Production locationsFox Network Center (Fox Studio Lot Building 101), 10201 W Pico Blvd, Century City, Los Angeles, California
Various NCAA stadiums (for road shows)
Running time60 minutes (2019, November 7, 2020 show)
120 minutes (special on–location broadcasts, 2019; full–time, 2020–present)
180 minutes (November 26, 2022 show)
Production companyFox Sports
Original networkFox
FS1 (weekly simulcasts)
Original releaseAugust 31, 2019 (2019-08-31) –
Fox College Football
Fox NFL Sunday

Big Noon Kickoff is an American college football studio show broadcast by Fox, and simulcast on sister network Fox Sports 1 (FS1). Premiering on August 31, 2019, it serves as the pre-game show for Fox College Football, and in particular, Big Noon Saturday—the network's weekly 12:00 p.m ET/9:00 a.m PT kickoff window.

It is hosted by Rob Stone, and features former national champion USC Trojans teammates, 2005 Heisman Trophy winner running back Reggie Bush and 2004 Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Matt Leinart, former Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Brady Quinn, and former Utah, Florida, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer as panelists, with Bruce Feldman acting as Fox's CFB insider, as well as Tom Verducci, who usually does baseball for Fox, and Tom Rinaldi, both working on feature reports. Radio host Clay Travis serves as a contributor, and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner and former Michigan Wolverines cornerback Charles Woodson will also join the show on select weeks, most notably if Michigan is featured.

Meyer was on the show as an analyst for the first two seasons, but left after the 2020 season to take the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching job, and was replaced by former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops for the 2021 season. Meyer returned for the 2022 season replacing Stoops.

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In the 2013 season, Fox aired a college football pre-game show on its Fox Sports 1 channel, Fox College Saturday. The program was unable to compete with ESPN's popular and established College GameDay, with Fox only being able to sustain an average viewership of 70,000. The show was cancelled after a single season, and its role was supplanted by the Friday-night edition of Fox Sports Live.[1][2]

Fox introduced the Big Noon Saturday window for its college football coverage in the 2019 season; the network had aired occasional noon kickoffs during the season before (including, after having acquired the Big Ten's primary football rights in 2017, the Michigan–Ohio State rivalry),[3] and they were among Fox's top-viewed games in the 2018 season. Fox has positioned the timeslot as featuring one of its flagship games of the day.[4] Fox made that decision in order to boost their ratings by avoiding competition with CBS that has their featured SEC game of the week in the 3:30 p.m. timeslot, and ABC with their featured game in primetime.[5] Big Noon Kickoff was henceforth introduced as a pre-game show for the new window.[6][4]

Sports Illustrated described the show as being "built around" Urban Meyer (who retired as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes at the end of the 2018 season, and had previously been an ESPN analyst). Meyer stated that he had prepared for the role by studying clips of Fox's NFL pre-game show Fox NFL Sunday, and Alex Rodriguez (who joined ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball in 2018),[7] as an example of another player-turned-television analyst. Fox executive producer Brad Zager explained that his presence was meant to help provide "intelligent dialogue" to the show.[4]

For the 2020 season, the program was expanded to two hours.[8] On November 4, 2020, for undisclosed reasons citing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Los Angeles County Department of Health Services guidance, Fox announced that the November 7, 2020 edition of Big Noon Kickoff would not feature the program's usual panel, and that the program would be shortened to one hour. The guest panel was led by Fox NFL Kickoff host Charissa Thompson, joined by Fox NFL Sunday analysts Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long, and Emmanuel Acho from Fox Sports 1's Speak for Yourself.[9][10] On November 12, Meyer revealed that he had recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection.[11]


The Big Lead felt that Big Noon Kickoff showed promise, but that the show's "formal" and "corporate" atmosphere (in comparison to the "casual fun" of College GameDay) led to most of the panelists seeming "stiff" on-air, and exacerbated their relative lack of broadcasting experience. Quinn was considered to be a stand-out among the panelists in its premiere broadcast, considering him the most "comfortable" on-air, and noting that both him and Meyer were well-versed at leveraging their past experience to provide insights.[12]

The decision to move the network's featured game to the 12:00pm was met with heavy criticism for substantially diminishing the fan experience at marquee games as those are typically played at night or the late afternoon, and is widely viewed as a money grab. This also forced some games in the Pac-12 to kick off in the morning at the network's choosing, kicking off at either 9:00am or 10:00am local time, another highly criticized consequence of the network's decision.


During the first episode, the show garnered 838,000 viewers, which amounted to a 0.8 rating.[13] A special two-hour edition of Big Noon Kickoff leading into the Michigan-Ohio State game on November 30, 2019 received a series-high 1.6 overnight rating, beating College GameDay (which drew a 1.54 rating) in its time slot for the first time in the program's history.[14]




On-site broadcasts

Initially, unlike its main competitor College GameDay, Big Noon Kickoff originated from Fox Sports' studio in Los Angeles, and only travelled to game sites in the event of major rivalry games or as a pre-game show for the Big Ten championship.[15] Fox scheduled four road shows in 2020, but only 3 happened, as their scheduled visit to USC was canceled due to Fox holding their crew out that weekend due to COVID-19 protocols, which Urban Meyer later revealed that he dealt with a COVID infection. The first 6 weeks of the 2021 season featured the crew going on the road, a Big Noon Kickoff first. Beginning in the 2022 season, Big Noon Kickoff moved permanently to on-location broadcasts throughout the season.[16]

With Deion Sanders' debut as head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes, Fox broadcast Big Noon Kickoff from Colorado's first three games in the 2023 season; its Week 3 edition was broadcast from Boulder, Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Showdown—which ESPN also chose as its site for College GameDay that week—rather than Penn State at Illinois as originally scheduled, marking the first time that Big Noon Kickoff was broadcast from the same site for two consecutive weeks, and the first time that it was broadcast from the site of a game not televised by Fox.[17][18]

Date Host Visitor Venue City Notes
2019 season
September 20 USC 30 No. 10 Utah 23 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, CA First Big Noon Kickoff road show, game on FS1, 9 ET/7 MT/6 PT kickoff
October 12 No. 11 Texas 27 No. 6 Oklahoma 34 Cotton Bowl Dallas, TX Red River Rivalry, 2-hour show
October 26 No. 3 Ohio State 38 No. 13 Wisconsin 7 Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH
November 23 No. 2 Ohio State 28 No. 8 Penn State 17 Rivalry, 2-hour show
November 30 No. 13 Michigan 27 No. 1 Ohio State 56 Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, MI The Game, 2-hour show (Also live from Michigan on November 29, before Texas Tech-Texas)
December 7 No. 8 Wisconsin 21 No. 1 Ohio State 34 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, IN Big Ten Championship Game, 8 ET/7 CT kickoff, 1-hour show
2020 season
October 24 No. 5 Ohio State 52 Nebraska 17 Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH 2020 Big Ten season opener
November 21 No. 3 Ohio State 42 No. 9 Indiana 35
December 19 No. 4 Ohio State 22 No. 15 Northwestern 10 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, IN Big Ten Championship Game
2021 season
September 2 Minnesota 31 No. 4 Ohio State 45 Huntington Bank Stadium Minneapolis, MN 2021 Big Ten season opener, 8 ET/7 CT kickoff, 1-hour show
September 4 No. 12 Wisconsin 10 No. 19 Penn State 16 Camp Randall Stadium Madison, WI
September 11 No. 3 Ohio State 28 No. 12 Oregon 35 Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH 2015 CFP National Championship Game rematch
September 18 No. 3 Oklahoma 23 Nebraska 16 Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Norman, OK Rivalry/50th anniversary of the Game of the Century
September 25 No. 12 Notre Dame 41 No. 18 Wisconsin 13 Soldier Field Chicago, IL Shamrock Series
October 2 Wisconsin 17 No. 14 Michigan 38 Camp Randall Stadium Madison, WI
October 9 No. 3 Iowa 23 No. 4 Penn State 20 Kinnick Stadium Iowa City, IA 4 ET/3 CT kickoff
October 30 No. 8 Michigan State 37 No. 6 Michigan 33 Spartan Stadium East Lansing, MI Rivalry
November 13 No. 13 Baylor 27 No. 8 Oklahoma 14 McLane Stadium Waco, TX
November 20 No. 13 Oklahoma 28 Iowa State 21 Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Norman, OK
November 27 No. 5 Michigan 42 No. 2 Ohio State 27 Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, MI The Game (Also live from Michigan on November 26, 1-hour show before Kansas State-Texas)
December 4 No. 13 Iowa 3 No. 2 Michigan 42 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, IN Big Ten Championship Game, 8 ET kickoff, 1-hour show
2022 season[19]
September 1 Purdue 31 Penn State 35 Ross–Ade Stadium West Lafayette, IN 8 ET kickoff, 1-hour show
September 10 Texas 19 No. 1 Alabama 20 DKR–Texas Memorial Stadium Austin, TX 2010 BCS National Championship Game rematch
September 17 Nebraska 14 No. 6 Oklahoma 49 Memorial Stadium Lincoln, NE Rivalry
September 24 No. 4 Michigan 34 Maryland 27 Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, MI
October 1 Iowa 14 No. 4 Michigan 27 Kinnick Stadium Iowa City, IA
October 8 Indiana 10 No. 4 Michigan 31 Memorial Stadium Bloomington, IN
October 15 No. 5 Michigan 41 No. 10 Penn State 17 Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, MI Rivalry
October 22 No. 2 Ohio State 54 Iowa 10 Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH
October 29 No. 13 Penn State 31 No. 2 Ohio State 44 Beaver Stadium University Park, PA Rivalry
November 5 No. 7 TCU 34 Texas Tech 24 Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth, TX Rivalry
November 12 No. 2 Ohio State 56 Indiana 14 Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH
November 19 Baylor 28 No. 4 TCU 29 McLane Stadium Waco, TX Rivalry
November 26 No. 2 Ohio State 23 No. 3 Michigan 45 Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH The Game, 3-hour show
December 2 No. 4 USC 24 No. 11 Utah 47 Allegiant Stadium Paradise, NV Pac-12 Championship Game
December 3 No. 2 Michigan 43 Purdue 22 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, IN Big Ten Championship Game
2023 season[20]
September 2 No. 17 TCU 42 Colorado 45 Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth, TX
September 9 No. 22 Colorado 36 Nebraska 14 Folsom Field Boulder, CO Rivalry
September 16 No. 18 Colorado 432OT Colorado State 35 Folsom Field Boulder, CO Rivalry; game televised by ESPN. Originally scheduled to broadcast from Champaign, Illinois.[17][18]
September 23 Cincinnati 6 No. 16 Oklahoma 20 Nippert Stadium Cincinnati, OH
September 30 Colorado No. 8 USC Folsom Field Boulder, CO
October 7 Ohio State Maryland Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH
October 14 TBD TBD TBD TBD
October 21 TBD TBD TBD TBD
October 28 TBD TBD TBD TBD
November 4 TBD TBD TBD TBD
November 11 Penn State Michigan Beaver Stadium University Park, PA Rivalry
November 18 TBD TBD TBD TBD
November 25 Michigan Ohio State Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, MI The Game, 3-hour show
December 2 TBD TBD TBD TBD

Winners listed in BOLD
Neutral site host listed in Italics
Rankings from AP Poll and CFP Rankings (once released) released prior to game

On-site appearances by team

Appearance(s) Team Hosted Record Win pct. Last appearance Last hosted
15 Ohio State 8 11–3 .786 November 26, 2022 November 26, 2022
13 Michigan 5 9–2 .818 December 3, 2022 October 15, 2022
7 Penn State 2 2–4 .333 October 29, 2022 October 29, 2022
6 Oklahoma 2 5–1 .833 September 23, 2023 November 20, 2021
5 Wisconsin 2 0–5 .000 October 2, 2021 October 2, 2021
4 Colorado 3 3–0 1.000 September 30, 2023 September 30, 2023
4 Iowa 2 1–3 .250 October 22, 2022 October 1, 2022
4 Nebraska 1 0–4 .000 September 9, 2023 September 17, 2022
3 Indiana 1 0–3 .000 November 12, 2022 October 8, 2022
3 TCU 2 2–1 .667 September 2, 2023 September 2, 2023
3 USC 1 1–1 .500 September 30, 2023 September 20, 2019
2 Baylor 2 1–1 .500 November 19, 2022 November 19, 2022
2 Purdue 1 0–2 .000 December 3, 2022 September 1, 2022
2 Texas 1 0–2 .000 September 10, 2022 September 10, 2022
2 Utah 0 1–1 .500 December 2, 2022 N/A
1 Alabama 0 1–0 1.000 September 10, 2022 N/A
1 Cincinnati 1 0–1 .000 September 23, 2023 September 23, 2023
1 Iowa State 0 0–1 .000 November 20, 2021 N/A
1 Maryland 0 0–1 .000 September 24, 2022 N/A
1 Michigan State 1 1–0 1.000 October 30, 2021 October 30, 2021
1 Minnesota 1 0–1 .000 September 2, 2021 September 2, 2021
1 Northwestern 0 0–1 .000 December 19, 2020 N/A
1 Notre Dame 0 1–0 1.000 September 25, 2021 N/A
1 Oregon 0 1–0 1.000 September 11, 2021 N/A
1 Texas Tech 0 0–1 .000 November 5, 2022 N/A
1 Colorado State 0 0–1 .000 September 16, 2023 N/A


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