As expected, one of the most hyped games on Penn State football’s 2023 schedule will be a noon kick.
College Football Insider Brett McMurphy of the Action Network reported Thursday evening that, per sources, Penn State and Michigan will be on Fox Nov. 11 as that weeks “Big Noon Kickoff” game.
Michigan at Penn State on Nov. 11 will be Fox’s Big Noon kickoff, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 25, 2023
This is expected to be one of the marquee matchups of the college football season.
Both teams are expected to come into the season ranked in the top 10, if not the top five. For this reason, among others, some Penn State fans are upset about the early kick. Some feel that, since Michigan is slated to be Penn State’s strongest home opponent this year, that game should be played under the lights under White Out conditions.
But the “Big Noon Kickoff” has become a staple of Fox’s college football coverage, and many saw the inevitably of Penn State-Michigan being a “Big Noon” game.
Therefore, Penn State’s celebrated White Out will be against Iowa Sept. 23. Iowa… isn’t quite as good as Michigan.
Jim Harbaugh’s team has been one of the best in college football over the past two seasons, winning the Big Ten and making the College Football Playoff in both years. Michigan has played Penn State at noon in both years, winning each matchup. Michigan beat Penn State 21-17 on ABC in Beaver Stadium two seasons ago.
Last season’s game was on Fox, in Ann Arbor and not nearly as close. Michigan pounded Penn State 41-17. Both of Penn State’s losses last season came when the team was televised on Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff.” Penn State also lost to Ohio State, 44-31, at Beaver Stadium Oct. 31.
This is the second straight day significant news has come out about the Penn State schedule. Penn State’s game against Michigan State, scheduled for Black Friday, will be at Detroit’s Ford Field at 7:30 on NBC. NBC, Fox and CBS are the three stations that make up the Big Ten’s latest television deal.