BOISE - The Boise State football team's conference opener against Utah State will kick off at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN2, the school announced Monday.
The late kickoff time for the Oct. 1 game should come as no surprise to Boise State fans. Four of the team's six home games this season have scheduled start times of 8:15 p.m. A kickoff time for the Oct. 15 game against Colorado State has yet to be announced.
The Broncos' home opener against Washington State was scheduled to begin at 8:15, but actually started about 15 minutes later because the game airing before it on ESPN2 was still in progress. By the time the Broncos left the field that night, it was after midnight.
Last week, Boise State President Bob Kustra told KTVB that the late games are the result of the university's contract with ESPN, which decides when games start.
Being on ESPN, Kustra said, even if it's a little later than fans would like, is important because it helps grow the appeal of not just the athletics program, but the school as a whole.
"We understand what this is all about," Kustra said. "We understand that you do your recruiting from ESPN and the way you get on TV. We know that you build your enrollment from students across the west from that most important ESPN exposure."
For this week at least, fans will get a break from late-night football watching. Boise State's game on the road against Oregon State will kick off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. That game will air on Fox Sports 1.
GAME TIME for Oct. 1 vs. Utah State is official: 8:15 pm kick on ESPN2 at Albertsons Stadium! pic.twitter.com/gPfQNpLAaM— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) September 19, 2016
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