FOX announces shift to time slot for B1G Championship Game
The Big Ten Championship Game has a new time slot.
The game will now be played at 11 a.m. central time, FOX announced on Saturday morning.
The 2020 @B1Gfootball Championship Game moves to @CFBONFOX's premier BIG NOON SATURDAY time slot, kicking off at 12:00 PM ET on Saturday, Dec. 19.#BigNoonKickoff will be LIVE from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis beginning at 10:00 AM ET. pic.twitter.com/pBO5tkSJpu
— FOX Sports PR (@FOXSportsPR) November 28, 2020
Big Noon Kickoff will be on site for the game, which is slated for Dec. 19.
This game historically has been an evening kickoff, but FOX has had success with Big Ten games kicking off in the 12 p.m. ET time slot this season. Just last week, Ohio State-Indiana in that time slot was one of the highest-rated games of the season.
It’s not yet clear who will be playing in this game.
Northwestern will likely win the Big Ten West after defeating Wisconsin last weekend. The Wildcats are 5-0 and have games remaining against Michigan State, Minnesota and Illinois.
In the East, it could get more complicated. Ohio State will likely finish undefeated, but the Buckeyes are in danger of not playing the minimum-required six games to win the division title. OSU will need to play it last two games of the year to be eligible.
If the Buckeyes don’t qualify, Indiana is in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East with a 4-1 record.