Penn State Football fans, you may not like this, but it’s becoming increasingly apparent that this year’s White Out vs. Ohio State may not be a primetime matchup.
Now, that doesn’t mean for sure the game won’t be ESPN on ABC, but if it is, it’s a little odd that the White Out isn’t on that list.
Rumors have been circulating for the past few months that with all the logistics and politics between the television companies that sent Joe Buck from FOX to ESPN, FOX will end up getting the rights to the Penn State-Ohio State game.
What does that have to do with playtime?
The White Out falls on October 29 this year, right around the time the World Series (which FOX also has the rights to) would begin. Since a World Series game is in its primetime slot, the white out would have to start during the day.
There’s a chance that October 29th could fall between the end of the League Championship Series and the start of the World Series due to the delayed start of the Major League Baseball season, but that’s not a given. Plus, the weather could also reschedule a potential game six or seven in the League Championship Series, so FOX might not want to risk that.
For FOX, their mantra is “Big Noon Kickoff,” the name of their pregame show. They try to start their biggest game of the week at noon to avoid overlapping with big games on other networks and to maximize viewership. Though their “Big Noon Game of the Week” doesn’t, despite the name always start noon. As an example, last year’s game in Iowa comes to mind.
Realistically, the game could start at 3:30 even if it’s on FOX, but want to risk what happened the last time a white out kicked off at 3:30? The infamous four overtime wins over Michigan. If the game goes on for a long time, it could affect the start of the baseball game.
A 3:30 p.m. kickoff, while not the same as a prime time matchup, is still better than a 12 p.m. kickoff for a number of reasons.
First, at the end of October, when the sun goes down around 6:13 p.m. (according to Sunrise-Sunset.org), part of the second half would still be played under the lights.
The second reason is traffic.
If the game starts at 12pm, most fans will arrive around the same time, causing nightmarish traffic delays, as opposed to everyone arriving at different times throughout the day, like a traditional 7:30am kick-off the case is.
Again, nothing’s official at this point, but ESPN — who’s special loves the White Out – Not including this matchup in their list for some of this season’s most important ABC matchups raises some eyebrows.
You can’t really argue that the game didn’t make the list because Penn State Football hasn’t been successful in recent years, as Florida State and Texas are both on that list, neither of which had a bowl at all last year. made game.
Time will tell and hopefully none of this matters and the game ends up being a primetime matchup anyway, but at this point there seems to be a decent chance that this year’s White Out will start sometime in the afternoon.