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Readers React: What do Ohio State fans think of the FOX vs. ESPN battle?

We asked, you answered!

Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt at Ohio Stadium
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Matt Tamanini Matt Tamanini is the co-managing editor of Land-Grant Holy Land having joined the site in 2016.

Earlier this week, we asked on Twitter what you all thought about this season’s move to having so many of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ games airing on FOX. While this has been a trend over the past few seasons since the network acquired the top-level Big Ten contract, it has felt more pronounced this season as the Buckeyes have been featured in FOX’s game of the week slot at 12 noon ET more often than not.

We anticipated that FOX would have a lot of support, given that many Buckeye fans believe that there is an inherent bias from ABC and ESPN towards SEC teams, and in turn against Ohio State.

What we found is that this assumption more or less holds, but that the Worldwide Leader in Sports still has support amongst the fanbase. However, many in Buckeye Nation would be more in favor of FOX if they varied up the game times a bit.

Let’s see what you all had to say about the network battle:


In FOX’s favor, the vast majority of Buckeye fans prefer the “Big Noon” announcing duo of Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt.


Despite the warm feelings that most Buckeye fans seem to have for Johnson and Klatt, many took issue with the network’s production values, whether that’s its over-the-air or streaming picture quality or their commercial frequency.

Pro-FOX... with one exception

The third substantive group in this discussion is those people that like FOX’s broadcast, but hate FOX’s broadcast time. For years, Buckeye fans have gotten used to having a not insignificant number of games — especially the marquee ones on their schedule — airing in primetime. That has not been the case this year.

Whether for recruiting, viewability, or personal reasons a lot of OSU fans would prefer that FOX threw in some late afternoon or evening kickoffs.


What college football broadcaster do you prefer?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    (31 votes)
  • 36%
    (75 votes)
  • 48%
    FOX, but chill with the noon games
    (99 votes)
205 votes total Vote Now