Caleb Williams versus Shedeur Sanders. Lincoln Riley versus Deion Sanders. USC versus Colorado. Fox Big Noon Saturday. This is a media-magnet game with the big personalities saying all sorts of outrageous things before the Trojans take on the Buffaloes in an episode of “Breakfast in Boulder,” a serving of morning football in the Rocky Mountains. The game starts on Fox Sports just after 10 a.m. in Boulder, 9 a.m. in Los Angeles. The hype is soaring for this game for all the obvious reasons, one of them being that there won’t be too much time to hype the game on Saturday. It’s the first one on the docket.
Here’s just a small taste of what the big media personalities — especially those within the Fox family (since that’s the network which will broadcast the game) — are saying about USC-Colorado and the many storylines which are part of the drama in Boulder.
Trojans Wire staff writer Don James contributed significantly to this report:
ON SITE IN BOULDER
My guy Lil Wayne now performing at halftime of Steelers-Raiders in Vegas. Hoping he'll be with us on Undisputed this Friday live from Boulder.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 25, 2023
Next week on Big Noon Saturday : #5 USC vs. #19 Colorado on FOX (Big Noon Kickoff will be there. Caleb Williams will be there. Shedeur Sanders will be there. Let's make another visit to Boulder) pic.twitter.com/txt5TpbkF5
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) September 24, 2023
— Chase Howell (@chasehowell__) September 26, 2023
ALL THE SHOWS
SPEAK WILL BE IN BOULDER NEXT FRIDAY!!!!
Fans, get ready to see us LIVE at 4:30pm ET as we prepare to see Coach Prime & the Buffs take on USC. You better believe it! pic.twitter.com/LgqM8ozToI
— Speak (@SpeakOnFS1) September 23, 2023
We're taking the show on the road!
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) September 22, 2023
BIG NOON CREW
Around the Dial: Fox's Big Noon Saturday returns to Boulder with Mr. Big Play Gus Johnson, the analyst who holds nothing back Joel Klatt, and Jenny Taft on the call of USC/Colorado.
— Rudy Martzke (@FakeRudyMartzke) September 25, 2023
Fox Sports is taking two studio shows on the road.
Skip Bayless' @Undisputed will visit Coach Prime in Colorado next Friday.
— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) September 22, 2023
THE TRAIN WILL KEEP ROLLING
Colorado’s loss isn’t going to stop the media attention Deion Sanders & his program are going to get, I find it hilarious y’all think this is really gonna stop ESPN, Fox, etc from continuing their love affair with Colorado; they’ll be in Boulder next week when they play USC…
— Kevin Gray Jr. (@KevinGraySports) September 23, 2023
Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt will call the Colorado vs USC game. Will Big Noon Kickoff be back in Boulder too? That would make 3 BNK appearances in Boulder in the first 5 weeks of the season and 4 BNK appearances at Colorado games. 👀 https://t.co/2TEz6KFs4d
— GoBuffs (@GoBuffs3) September 18, 2023
Just saw a list of who’s coming to Boulder for USC/CU game.
Meg thee Stallion
VP Kamala Harris
All on the CU sideline and sky boxes. This is crazy!!
— B (@bandmansburner) September 19, 2023
Big Noon back to Boulder for USC. For the TV networks, the CU/Coach Prime story broke perfectly.
CU's sked gets less interesting after September, but by getting to this point unbeaten they can ride the wave for 2 more weeks. If it fizzles, you've already cashed in. https://t.co/4oDZWDR0dF
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 18, 2023
From Trojans Wire staff writer Don James:
On the most recent episode of The Skip Bayless Show, Bayless was asked who he would choose between Caleb Williams and Shedeur Sanders with the first overall pick. Bayless chose to go against conventional wisdom here and decided to go with Sanders if he had the first pick in the 2024 NFL draft.
Via Don James:
“Caleb’s the ultimate backyard quarterback,” Bayless said. “He is an escape artist of the highest order. He does get beat up and knocked around because of it, because he’s going to hold the ball too long, and he’s going to take shots. He’s going to shrug [defenders] off almost like Ben Roethlisberger used to. He’s going to tear away from those pass rushers, and he’s going to make a play. He’s going to make a throw that’ll take your breath away because he’s got a Howitzer rocket launcher of an arm.”
Via Don James:
“Shedeur is a little bit more of a pure passer than Caleb is,” Bayless said. “He’s taller than Caleb is. I think he’s a little more accurate than Caleb is. He doesn’t have quite the canon that Caleb has, but it’s enough of an arm because it’s a Brady-esque arm, clutch gene and Brady had plenty of velocity.”
Via Don James:
Appearing on The Colin Cowherd Podcast, Fox Sports’ Nick Wright said he believes Caleb Williams is already one of the five most valuable quarterbacks in the world … even ahead of superstars like Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson.
MORE FROM NICK WRIGHT ON CALEB
Via Don James:
“If every NFL player and college player was available, Mahomes goes No. 1, there’s some debate over who goes No. 2, and Caleb goes before everyone other than maybe three people,” Wright said. “This is not disrespectful. He goes in a heartbeat before Hurts, before Lamar, before Tua [Tagovailoa], before Dak [Prescott]. He just does. And I would take him over [Justin] Herbert.”
COLORADO MEDIA ATTENTION
Via Don James:
Fox’s “Undisputed” show going to Boulder for USC-Colorado continues the recent surge in coverage at CU. Everyone wants to cover the Buffaloes as much as possible. Deion Sanders, aka Coach Prime, has gotten everyone’s attention lately thanks to a 3-1 start.
The Pat McAfee Show was in Boulder and was headlined by an appearance from “The Rock,” Dwayne Johnson, who also made appearance on ESPN’s “College GameDay.” Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff” will also be at USC-Colorado, after appearing on the campus earlier this season in Week 2 against Nebraska.
“Undisputed” is hosted by Skip Bayless and joined by two other regular commentators, former Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman and USC Trojan legend Keyshawn Johnson.