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Big Noon Kickoff

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Big Noon Kickoff
GenreCollege football pre-game show
Presented byRob Stone
Reggie Bush
Matt Leinart
Urban Meyer
Brady Quinn
Charles Woodson
Tom Verducci
Opening themeFox CFB Theme
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16 (as of December 7, 2019)
Production location(s)Fox Network Center
Los Angeles
Running time60 minutes
120 minutes (October 12th, November 23rd and 30th)
Production company(s)Fox Sports
DistributorFox Corporation
Original networkFox
FS1 (September 20th show from USC)
Picture format480i (SDTV),
480p upconverted (HDTV)
(downconverted to letterboxed 4:3 on SDTV feed since 2009)
Original releaseAugust 31, 2019 (2019-08-31) –
Related showsFox College Football
Fox NFL Sunday

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

It is hosted by Rob Stone, and features former Utah, Florida, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, former USC running back Reggie Bush, 2004 Heisman Trophy winner and former USC quarterback Matt Leinart, and former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn as panelists, with 1997 Heisman Trophy winner and former Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson joining on some weeks, and Tom Verducci doing feature reports.[1][2]


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 ultimately subsumed by a Friday-night edition of Fox Sports Live.[3][4]

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),[5] 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.[6] Big Noon Kickoff was henceforth introduced as a pre-game show for the new window.[2][6]

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.[6]


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.[8]


During the first episode, the show garnered 838,000 viewers, which amounted to a 0.8 rating.[9] 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.[10]

On-location broadcasts

Unlike College GameDay, Big Noon Kickoff does not regularly do remote broadcasts, preferring to originate from the Fox Sports studio in Los Angeles. However, the show has occasionally done on-location broadcasts, particularly as a lead-in to major games.[11] On November 23, 2019, the show scheduled an on-location edition from Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio State/Penn State rivalry game, which ESPN also chose as its site for College GameDay that week.[11]

Date Host Visitor Stadium City Notes
September 20, 2019 (Friday) USC 30 #10 Utah 23 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, CA
October 12, 2019 #11 Texas* 27 #6 Oklahoma 34 Cotton Bowl Dallas, TX Red River Rivalry
October 26, 2019 #3 Ohio State 38 #13 Wisconsin 7 Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH
November 23, 2019 #2 Ohio State 28 #8 Penn State 17 Ohio Stadium Columbus, OH Ohio State–Penn State rivalry
November 30, 2019 #13 Michigan 27 #1 Ohio State 56 Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, MI The Game
December 7, 2019 #8 Wisconsin* 21 #1 Ohio State 34 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, IN Big Ten Championship Game

Winners listed in BOLD
* denotes a neutral site host
Rankings from AP Poll and CFP Rankings (once released) released prior to game

See also


  1. ^ Chengelis, Angelique S. "New Michigan spread offense will need 'time to grow,' Urban Meyer predicts". Detroit News. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  2. ^ a b "Watch: Trailer for FOX College Football Pregame show featuring Urban Meyer". Buckeyes Wire. 2019-08-14. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  3. ^ "Fox Sports 1 launching new Friday night college football pregame show". Awful Announcing. 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  4. ^ "FS1 already giving up on Fox College Saturday?". Awful Announcing. 2014-06-02. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  5. ^ Landis, Bill (2017-05-16). "Ohio State vs. Michigan football rivalry to be televised on FOX during 2017 season". Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  6. ^ a b c "Three keys for Urban Meyer, Fox's Big Noon Kickoff". Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  7. ^ Finn, Chad. "Alex Rodriguez added to ESPN's 'Sunday Night Baseball' crew". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  8. ^ "Big Noon Kickoff Filled With Ups and Downs in Regular Season Debut on Fox". The Big Lead. 2019-08-31. Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  9. ^ "Big Noon Kickoff and College GameDay Week 1 Viewership". The Big Lead. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  10. ^ "Ohio State-Michigan matches ratings from last year, Big Noon Kickoff earns biggest audience ever". Awful Announcing. 2019-12-01. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  11. ^ a b "College GameDay's duel with Big Noon Kickoff from Columbus is most interesting chapter in Fox-ESPN rivalry in some time". Awful Announcing. 2019-11-22. Retrieved 2019-11-23.

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