Michigan State at Ohio State set for Big Ten Saturday Night on NBC

By Kevin Kelley -

The Michigan State Spartans at the Ohio State Buckeyes football game in 2023 has been set for Big Ten Saturday Night on NBC, Ohio State has announced.

Michigan State and Ohio State will square off at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 (Week 11) and the game will be televised by NBC at 7:30pm ET.

This is the second contest announced that is part of the Big Ten Conference’s new seven-year media rights agreement with CBS, FOX and NBC that begins on July 1, 2023 and extends through the 2029-30 season. The Big Ten will have three premier windows for college football broadcasts on Saturdays, beginning at noon ET with the Big Noon Kickoff on FOX. Games will then follow on CBS at 3:30pm ET and on NBC in primetime.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Big Ten Saturday Night on NBC will debut with the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023.

Michigan State and Ohio State first met on the gridiron in 1912 and have played 51 times. The Buckeyes have won seven-consecutive games, including a 49-20 victory last season, and now lead the overall series 36-15.

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OSU playing UM on NBC would mean that both of OSU’s games against schools from Michigan would be on NBC. Since NBC hasn’t broadcast UM-OSU since 1965, it would only be fair they get the game.

Z-Man, no offense but OSU and Michigan will be on FOX at Noon. FOX has first overall pick of the games and they are televising that one on Big Noon. Sorry. I think we’ve been through this already. UM-OSU will NOT be in prime time.

Night-time football has been better than daytime football for over 50 years now. Some games can be too big for Big Noon Saturday, It is possible.

The most watched primetime network program for over a decade has been a presentation of American football games. And that is very telling.

Which of course is a huge mistake. NBC should have it at night, they have not aired the game in nearly 60 years. Traditions are allowed to fall by the wayside if the Rose Bowl not always being Big Ten and Pac-12 anymore is any indication.

NHL fans were ticked that the Vegas – Edmonton game 6 started at 10 PM Eastern.

The Pac 12 now sees that college football is run by television who control when games are on TV. It is skewed by college football fans that are largely located in the South and the Midwest. People in those time zones will not stay up past midnight to watch college football. Most of these teams hardly ever go to the west coast to play a game.

Doesn’t look good for West Coast football fans seeing games being seen by fans in the Midwest and South. Even if the Pac goes to 5PM local start times, that time slot is already taken.

Stan, but what you forget is that if the Pac 12 played their games in an East/Midwest time slot that is more palatable to viewers than the Pac 12 would never play any games at night. Schools in the East/Midwest/Mountain time zones all play one or more night games per season. The main viewer time slot for Pac 12 games has always been 3:30 PM ET or 12:30 PM ET.

The Pac-12 doomed itself to irrelevancy in the summer of 2021 when they didn’t try to pluck Baylor, Oklahoma St., TCU, and Texas Tech and get CBS to pick up its games in the 3:30 time slot once CBS lost the SEC. The Pac-16 could have had 4 pods of Arizona, Arizona St., Colorado, Utah, a pod of Baylor, Oklahoma St., TCU, and Texas Tech, a pod of California, UCLA, USC, and Stanford, and a pod of Oregon, Oregon St., Washington, and Washington St. 9-game conference schedule where you play your entire pod plus half the other 3. Championship game could have gotten moved to Saturday afternoon in Vegas. But eventually the Pac-12 will be more like the Mountain West, once Oregon, Washington, and Stanford head to the Big-10 which will really be the big-20 with Notre Dame. Also the 4 corner schools are going to go to the Big-12 (16) also.

The Pac didn’t have the votes. USC vetoed that expansion (Troy may already have been planning to bolt in the future).