BIG NOON KICKOFF Announces Big Ten Championship Game Kickoff Time, Discusses College Football Playoff Rankings and More

On today’s edition of BIG NOON KICKOFF, host Rob Stone, analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Urban Meyer and Charles Woodson and reporter Bruce Feldman look at the Big Ten’s Championship Game criteria, break down the first College Football Playoff rankings and more.

FOX Sports announced on today’s show that the Big Ten Championship Game moves to the network’s premier BIG NOON SATURDAY time slot, at 12:00 PM ET on Saturday, Dec. 19. That weekend, BIG NOON KICKOFF will be live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 10:00 AM ET.

Feldman reports on the criteria for teams to be eligible for the Big Ten Championship Game:
“Even though the Buckeyes sit there at 4-0, if they are not able to play the next two games in the regular season, then they would fall behind the Big Ten criteria for the minimum six games needed to qualify for the Big Ten title game. Now there’s one caveat in here, – if the total number of games for the whole league falls below an average of six, that could give them some flexibility to get in. But our math tells us that for that to happen, the Big Ten would need to have 12 of the next 14 games over the next two weeks canceled for that threshold to be altered.”

Meyer reacts to teams potentially not meeting the minimum number of games played requirement:
“Your heart breaks in half when you think about the discipline and all of the things and the sacrifices that the players have made, and to get those positives.”

“They worked so hard, and it is gone. I mean, when you start talking about 21 days – some conferences have 10. Twenty-one days – it might be over.”

Quinn says that the Big Ten should be flexible under the circumstances:
“The Big Ten and college football, they’re going to have to be flexible. If you look at how the NFL has been able to survive for the most part, making some adjustments, but they’ve adapted as the season has gone along. That is where Kevin Warren, the Big Ten Commissioner, he may have to change the threshold based on what they agreed to earlier. I know it hasn’t impacted all teams – Wisconsin and now Ohio State – but it is impacting the conference. It is impacting where the conference can potentially go at the end of the year.

“Some people might say that is unfair to all the other teams if we are just making this about Wisconsin or Ohio State. No, it is not, because it is unfair to those athletes. Ultimately, there are going to be more teams, I’m sure, impacted by this down the stretch. But in my mind, they’ve got to

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College football schedule, games 2020: What to watch in Week 13, TV channels, Saturday kickoff times

It may seem a bit strange, but rivalry weekend is upon us despite the fact that there’s a good chunk of the season left. The weekend is headlined by the SEC on CBS Game of the Week between No. 1 Alabama and No. 22 Auburn in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Even though the Tigers have disappointed the pundits this year, they have the chance to top the Tide for the third time in four seasons.

Let’s help you navigate through a great weekend of college football with a handy viewer’s guide. 

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The biggest games

No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama — Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS and Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones can continue his Heisman Trophy run and running back Najee Harris could make a big statement against the the Tigers in the best rivalry in sports. Meanwhile, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn surely has some tricks up his sleeve in an attempt to shock the world for the third time in four years. The added element of Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban’s absence due to COVID-19 makes this coaching matchup even more interesting. 

Pittsburgh at No. 3 Clemson — Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ESPN and fuboTV (Try for free): Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence has missed the better part of a month due to COVID-19 and game cancellations, but he will return against the Panthers in a game that could get a little sketchy. After all, the Panthers and quarterback Kenny Pickett can be dangerous if the offense gets hot.

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Other big games

Kentucky at No. 6 Florida — Saturday, noon, ESPN and fuboTV (Try for free): Gators’ tight end Kyle Pitts will be back after missing the last two-plus games with a concussion. That, coupled with the intrigue surrounding quarterback Kyle Trask’s quest for the best season from a quarterback in college football history, should be well worth your time. 

No. 8 Northwestern at Michigan State — Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2 and fuboTV (Try for free): The Wildcats are on a path directly toward the Big Ten West championship and, perhaps, an outside shot at a berth in the College Football Playoff. Will there be a let down after last week’s big win over Wisconsin?

LSU at No. 5 Texas A&M — Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN and fuboTV (Try for free): The Aggies topped the Tigers in a seven-overtime thriller the last time these two met in College Station. This one’s a little bit different. The Aggies need some style points against the disappointing Tigers in what could prove to be a big game in Jimbo Fisher’s quest to make the College Football Playoff.

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  • Southern Miss at UAB — Friday, 12:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
  • Nebraska at Iowa — Friday, 1 p.m., Fox and fuboTV (Try for
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College football schedule, games 2020: What to watch in Week 13, TV channels, Friday kickoff times

It seems odd, but rivalry weekend is upon us despite the fact that there’s a good chunk of the season left. The weekend is headlined by the SEC on CBS Game of the Week between No. 1 Alabama and No. 22 Auburn in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Even though the Tigers have disappointed the pundits this year, they have the chance to top the Tide for the third time in four seasons.

Toss in the Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss, “The Big Game” between Stanford and Cal and the intra-state rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State, and you have a football feast that will last from Thursday through the wee hours of Sunday morning. 

Let’s help you navigate through a great weekend of college football with a handy viewer’s guide. 

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No. 13 Iowa State at No. 17 Texas — noon, ABC and fuboTV (Try for free): The Big 12 will kick off Black Friday with a matchup that could define the late season race for the conference championship game. The chess match between Iowa State’s defense and a Longhorn offense led by quarterback Sam Ehlinger will be well worth your time. 

No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 19 North Carolina — 3:30 p.m., ABC and fuboTV (Try for free): Recover from your Thanksgiving feast with this top 25 matchup between two ACC foes. The Tar Heels’ offense has been clicking on all cylinders and will put a ton of pressure on Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book, running back Kyren Williams and the rest of that talented crew. 

No. 15 Oregon at Oregon State — 7:30 pm., ESPN and fuboTV (Try for free): We don’t call this one the “Civil War” anymore, but that doesn’t take away the importance that it carries in the state. The Ducks haven’t looked like a national championship-caliber team during the first few weeks of the season, but they can make a statement on Friday night with the college football world watching. 

Stanford at California — 4 p.m., Fox and fuboTV (Try for free): Neither of these teams have much hope in the race for the Pac-12 Championship Game, but that shouldn’t take away from the intrigue of one of the biggest rivalries in our sport. Bands, don’t go out on the field after this one’s over. We have to maintain social distancing here. 

The biggest games

No. 4 Ohio State at Illinois — Saturday, noon, FS1 and fuboTV (Try for free): The Illini throttled Nebraska last weekend but face a much tougher challenge this week against the Big Ten favorites. Ohio State needs to find a way to solidifying the back end of its defense, and there’s no time like the present. 

No. 22 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama — Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS and Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones can continue his Heisman Trophy run and running back Najee Harris could make a big statement against the the Tigers in the best rivalry in sports.

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Major college football bowl season set to kickoff Dec. 19

The bowl season will start Dec. 19, the day most of the major college football conferences are set to play their championship games, and includes 37 games.

College football’s postseason schedule was finally set Friday. Several bowls, including the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Hawaii Bowl, have already called off their games for this season because of issues related to the pandemic.

But there will still be opportunities for 72 teams to go bowling in the 36 games that lead up to the College Football Playoff national championship on Jan. 11 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The CFP semifinals will be played Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The Peach Bowl in Atlanta will also be played earlier on New Year’s Day.

The Cotton Bowl will be the first New Year’s Six game played on Dec. 30. The Orange and Fiesta bowls will be played on Jan. 2.

Because of the delayed start to the regular-season in college football, and schedules altered to deal with COVID-19 disruptions, championship weekend is now on what would have been the first Saturday of bowls.

The day before the playoff field is set on Dec. 20 — when conferences such as the Big Ten and SEC are crowning their champions — the Frisco Bowl is set to be played in Texas.

Two new bowl games debut this season: the Montgomery Bowl in Alabama on Dec. 23 and the L.A. Bowl in Los Angeles on Dec. 30.

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Boston College vs. Syracuse: Kickoff, TV Channel Announced

Boston College’s upcoming matchup with the Syracuse Orange has a kickoff time and TV listing. According to a press release by the ACC, the Eagles will face off with the Orange on the road at 2pm. The game will be on the RSN family of channels, which means in Massachusetts the game will be on NESN and in New York one of the YES channels. 

This will be the second game in a row that the Eagles have escaped having their game on the ACC Network. 

Syracuse has had a nightmare of a season, starting off the first half 1-5. They recently lost starting quarterback Tommy Devito for the season, and their offensive line has struggled, allowing an FBS high 26 sacks. The Orange also lost preseason All-ACC safety Andre Cisco, who opted out of the season and declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. However, last weekend against Clemson they stuck around, only trailing by seven late in the 3rd quarter. The Tigers eventually slammed the door on them, but it was an impressive effort. 

Boston College sits at 4-2, and faces off with Clemson on Saturday this weekend. Kickoff is at noon, and the game can be found on ABC.

The rest of the ACC schedule for November 6 & 7 is as followed:

Friday, November 6
Miami at NC State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN (previously announced)

Saturday November 7
North Carolina at Duke, Noon, ESPN2
Liberty at Virginia Tech, Noon, ACC Network
Boston College at Syracuse, 2 p.m., RSN
Pitt at Florida State, 4 p.m., ACC Network
Clemson at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC (previously announced)
Louisville at Virginia, 8 p.m., ACC Network

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Boston College vs. #1 Clemson: Weekly Kickoff

Boston College has played some good teams so far this year, each of whom have had their strengths. Whether it was the pass rush of Duke, the rushing attack of Virginia Tech, or the defense of Pitt, these teams have brought some real challenges to the Eagles. But on Saturday, Jeff Hafley’s squad is going to face a team that is playing on a whole other level, a team that has been near perfect, as the Clemson Tigers host BC at Death Valley. 

Clemson’s resume speaks for themselves. Dabo Swinney has gone to the College Football Playoff’s five years in a row. They have two Heisman Trophy candidates on offense in quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne. 

Lawrence is a precision passer, who has played almost flawlessly since he became the starter two seasons ago. After announcing this would be his final collegiate season before becoming the projected number one pick in the NFL Draft, he has thrown the ball for 1833 yards, 17 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Mistakes come few and far between for the young quarterback.

Rushing the ball is Travis Etienne, a player Hafley praised as possibly the best player in college football right now. He can beat teams in a variety of ways. While he hasn’t needed to be a workhorse type back, he is electric every time he touches the ball, and already has eight touchdowns running the ball this season. On top of that he can beat you catching the ball as well, with 22 receptions already including a touchdown. 

Then you look at the defense. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables is the complete opposite of Hafley in the way he approaches the game. He is the definition of intensity as he screams and yells on the sideline endlessly throughout the game. After his defense allowed an 83 yard touchdown last weekend to Syracuse, he explained that it upset him so much that he wanted to go home and “punch myself in the face”. Regardless of how he approaches the game, the results speak for themselves. Clemson has only allowed 13.5 points per game this season, and are third in the country in total turnovers (13). 

We could go on and on about the talent on the Tigers. But that is what happens when a program has one of the top ranked recruiting class year after year. Blue chip prospects are everywhere and talent is never in short supply. 

The level of talent, and the superb way the team has been coached as lead to some truly frightening stats. Clemson hasn’t lost at home since 2016 (Pitt). And this is a team that can turn it up to another level almost at will. Last weekend against Syracuse, Clemson had to battle, as they only had a seven point lead late in the third quarter. However, it was like the team flipped a switch, as they thrashed Syracuse for the final frame winning 47-21.

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College football schedule, games 2020: What to watch in Week 8, TV channels, Saturday kickoff times

College football’s slow buildup takes another big step this weekend when the Big Ten gets back in the mix with seven league games on its debut weekend. The Pac-12 is still two weeks out from joining the mix, but this will be the most action-packed football Saturday so far in 2020. 

There’s even a trio of late-night games this week, headlined by No. 12 BYU vs. Texas State at 10:15 ET. That means there will be four straight time slots showcasing ranked teams, including a couple contests between ranked foes in the AAC and Big 12 that have conference title implications.

As you try to figure out what to watch and when, check out this week’s viewer’s guide with kickoff times, tune-in information and storylines all below.

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The biggest games

Nebraska at No. 5 Ohio State — noon, Fox and fuboTV (Try for free): How long will it take Ohio State to overtake Notre Dame or Georgia in the polls and move into the top four? If the Buckeyes cover this massive spread against Nebraska and Notre Dame continues to look unimpressive, it might happen Sunday.

No. 2 Alabama at Tennessee — 3:30 p.m., CBS and Another week, another game against a former assistant for Nick Saban as he faces Jeremy Pruitt and the woebegone Vols. This one doesn’t carry the hype of last week’s showdown with Georgia, but Alabama’s wide receivers are so good that this team is becoming appointment viewing just to see the ridiculous plays they make.

No. 17 Iowa State at No. 6 Oklahoma State — 3:30 p.m., Fox and fuboTV (Try for free): After Iowa State lost to Louisiana and Oklahoma State struggled against Tulsa in their respective openers, it was hard to see this game meaning so much. But with Texas and Oklahoma each having two conference losses already, this game has big-time implications in the Big 12.

No. 18 Michigan at No. 21 Minnesota — 7:30 p.m., ABC and fuboTV (Try for free): Speaking of games with big-time implications, can you imagine the mood around Ann Arbor if Jim Harbaugh’s sixth season begins with a loss to Minnesota? The Gophers will feel pretty good about their chances of reaching the Big Ten Championship game with a victory here.

Other big games

No. 23 NC State at No. 14 North Carolina — noon, ESPN and fuboTV (Try for free): North Carolina dropped nine spots in the AP Top 25 poll after losing to Florida State. That loss to the Seminoles reduced the national appeal of this week’s showdown with the Wolfpack. But it should still be an impassioned meeting between rivals who are rarely good at the same time.

No. 3 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh — 3:30, ABC and fuboTV (Try for free): With Ohio State joining the mix this week, Notre Dame needs to prove why it belongs in the playoff picture over the Buckeyes. The Panthers will be no pushover.

No. 8 Penn State at Indiana — 3:30

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Boston College vs. Georgia Tech: Weekly Kickoff

Boston College (3-2) returns to Alumni Stadium this Saturday to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket (2-3). This is an intriguing matchup because the two teams are very similar in where they currently sit as a program. GT is just over a year removed from Paul Johnson and the triple option offense. New head coach Geoff Collins has revamped the offense, led by quarterback Jeff Sims, but there has been a learning curve. While Boston College, and new head coach Jeff Hafley have worked to implement a pro style offense, while leaving the ground and pound offense of Steve Addazio in the rearview. 

The records may favor the Eagles, but don’t let that fool you. Georgia Tech has had a tough schedule to start the season playing Florida State, UCF, Louisville and Clemson. Escaping with a .500 record out of that group is a big feat for a team that went 3-9 last season. However, the the game against the Tigers resulted in one of the worst losses to Yellow Jackets history, and they were also blasted by a very poor Syracuse team. Which team will actually show up to Alumni Stadium is a mystery.

This is a team that can run the ball. Now they certainly won’t be as explosive as Hendon Hooker & Khalil Herbert of VT were, but Simms and true freshman Jahmyr Gibbs are a one two combo to watch out for. The pair have combined for 528 yards this season. For a Boston College defense looking to show they can stop a mobile quarterback and running back combo, this should be a great test to see how they have improved.

Simms is a high upside quarterback, but he is only a true freshman. Through the first five games he has thrown for 1025 yards, but has also turned the ball over nine times. Against a defense like Boston College that lives on turnovers, this could be a big factor heading into this game. 

The defense looked like a force to be reckoned with when they shut down the Florida State offense and held them to 13 points in the season opener. However since then,  the Yellow Jackets defense has allowed 35+ points in three of four games. Defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker will need to have his unit playing better, as they are currently 68th out of 77 teams in passing yards allowed, and 57th out 77 in rushing. 

For Boston College, the key to practice this week will have to be cleaning up their game. Against Virginia Tech, the Eagles had five turnovers, and were sloppy tackling the ball carrier. Georgia Tech is a young team, but will be hungry to get back in the win column after getting thrashed by Clemson 73-7 on Saturday. Which team will get that much needed victory? We will get that answer on Saturday evening.

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College football schedule, games 2020: What to watch in Week 7, TV channels, Saturday kickoff times

Week 7 of the college football season is here, as is the most anticipated game of the season. No. 3 Georgia will head to No. 2 Alabama on Saturday, a game that will be featured in prime time on CBS. The cross-divisional game could be a preview of the upcoming SEC Championship Game. And depending on how things unfold, it could also feature two College Football Playoff teams. 

But those are conversations for another day. Right now, it’s about enjoying football, and Georgia-Alabama is far from the only interesting matchup of the day. Every time slot has a game for someone and we’re here to break down the biggest ones of the day, from the American Athletic Conference to the SEC. 

Check out this week’s viewer’s guide with games, times, networks and storylines to follow below. 

The biggest games

Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame — 2:30 p.m., NBC: This game received the “… but it’d be funny, right?” upset alert siren on the Cover 3 Podcast. The Cardinals’ defense has to slow the Fighting Irish’s vaunted run game, but there’s some desperation from Scott Satterfield’s team — a preseason dark horse darling — after starting 0-3 in conference play. Notre Dame may be in for a fight. 

UCF at Memphis — 3:30 p.m., ABC: I don’t care that this game isn’t between two ranked teams. It feels like could be. The reason why it’s not getting more play is that both teams are coming off of losses and open weeks. Don’t let the Knights and Tigers be out of sight, out of mind. These are still two of the AAC’s better teams and it’s an early-season battle to keep afloat in the race towards a conference title. 

No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State — 4 p.m., ESPN: The Bulldogs’ upset over LSU feels like it was ages ago. Mike Leach’s offense has scored just two touchdowns in the past two games — both losses. Texas A&M is coming off a signature win over Florida. Aggies running back Isaiah Spiller has been good, but Mississippi State’s run defense is stout. A&M can’t afford a hangover game. 

No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama — 8 p.m., CBS: The most anticipated game of the weekend was thrown a wrench when Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban tested positive for the coronavirus. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, a former head coach at Washington and USC, will lead the way. Despite Saban’s absence, this game will count towards Saban’s unblemished record against his former assistants. Oh yeah, and the alpha spot in the SEC is on the line. This game is layered in storylines. 

Other big games

Pitt at No. 13 Miami (FL) — noon, ACC Network: This is a pivotal game for both teams, but especially so for Miami. OK, so the Hurricanes couldn’t keep up with Clemson. News flash: a lot of teams can’t. But if Miami has really taken a step forward, one loss can’t become two. Pitt is the type

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