CU Buffs-Utah moved from prime time Friday to Big Noon on FOX

The CU Buffs go from prime time to breakfast.

The undefeated Colorado soccer team, 4-0 (3-0 Pac-12) and No. 21 in College Football’s final Playoff rankings, will play against Utah (1-2) Saturday at 10am on Fox Sports ” Big Noon Kickoff slot as a replacement for the canceled Michigan-Ohio State game.

CU and the Utes were reportedly kicked off Friday at 7:30 p.m. in a game televised by Fox Sports 1.

COVID-19 positives within Michigan’s football program forced the cancellation of the annual rivalry game with the Buckeyes, a development that forced both Ohio State and Fox Sports to scramble. Buff’s athletic director Rick George said the Pac-12 approached CU on Tuesday about shifting their tilt from late Friday to early Saturday.

“As we said before, we were very interested in playing at the time to get a nationwide audience into the window of Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff,” George said in a statement released Wednesday by the Buffs’ athletics department. . “The Utah vs. Colorado game is always a hard-fought game and we look forward to hosting both Fox and the Utes at Folsom Field on Saturday.”

Playtime is officially 10:05 a.m. MST from Folsom Field and will be shown nationally on Fox. Former Buffs quarterback Joel Klatt, along with Gus Johnson and Jenny Taft, will be calling the game.

The Buffs can claim a spot in the Pac-12 Football Championship with a win against Utah and a USC loss to UCLA. The Trojans (4-0, 4-0 Pac-12) visit rival Bruins in a game on Saturday at 5:30 pm. If USC and CU stay level atop the Pac-12 South, the Trojans will advance to the title game as it will have played more division games than the Buffs, who had two South teams canceled – the Trojans and the state of Arizona. – due to coronavirus protocols earlier this fall.

The Utes matchup will be CU’s first home game to start before 11am in 13 years.

The Buffs made occasional forays into the noon Eastern time kicks while they were members of the Big 12 conference. The last brunch Buffs affair was against rival Nebraska on November 23, 2007, a wild game CU won, 65-51, to qualify to bowl in the second season from coach Dan Hawkins at the helm.

Saturday would be CU’s first kick-off before 11:30 AM since November 20, 2010, when the Buffs beat Kansas State at Folsom Field 44-36 in an 11:10 AM start.