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Oregon State's home opener will be a day game!
Oregon State's home opener will be a day game!
Photo by Andy Wooldridge

Oregon State's football home opener against Idaho St. on Sat., Sept. 17, will be 2 PM.

The Pac-12 Network announced their slate of games for the first 3 weeks of the season today, and it includes one of the new 2 PM start times the conference secured for games on their network, which can overlap with the ESPN/ABC and FOX broadcast windows.

We knew this game would be relegated to the Pac-12 channel, being not only against a Big Sky/FCS opponent, but in the Bengals, one that hasn't been a Big Sky contender recently. The good news is it will be a day game, and it will not be a uber-early one, and it will get exclusive Pac-12 Network live coverage, shown on the National and Oregon channels.

A glance at the schedule does confirm the network will indeed persevere will their inexplicably poor decision to not show games outside the local channel(s) of the teams involved even when there's no conflict with other games. This is especially a problem for those whose' carrier either does not carry the national channel, or carries only the local channels in HD. It's less of an issue (or more of one) for the majority of the Pac-12 audience, whose' carrier doesn't carry any Pac-12 channel.

Week 1

Date

Away

Home

Time

Network

Thursday

9/1/16

Southern Utah

at

Utah

5 p.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Mountain

Saturday

9/3/16

Rutgers

at

Washington

11 a.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Washington

Saturday

9/3/16

UC Davis

at

Oregon

2 p.m. PT

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Oregon

Saturday

9/3/16

Eastern Washington

at

Washington State

5 p.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Washington

Saturday

9/3/16

Northern Arizona

at

Arizona State

7:45 p.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Arizona

Week 2

Date

Away

Home

Time

Network

Saturday

9/10/16

Utah State

at

USC

11 a.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles

Saturday

9/10/16

Idaho

at

Washington

2 p.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Washington

Saturday

9/10/16

Idaho State

at

Colorado

2:30 p.m.

Pac-12 Mountain

Saturday

9/10/16

UNLV

at

UCLA

5 p.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles

Saturday

9/10/16

Grambling State

at

Arizona

7:45 p.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Arizona

Week 3

Date

Away

Home

Time

Network

Saturday

9/17/16

Idaho

at

Washington State

11 a.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Washington

Saturday

9/17/16

Idaho State

at

Oregon State

2 p.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Oregon

Saturday

9/17/16

Portland State

at

Washington

5 p.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Washington

Saturday

9/17/16

Hawai’i

at

Arizona

7:45 p.m.

Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Arizona


ESPN/ABC & FOX are expected to announce their early week schedules shortly, which will set the time for the season kickoff game at Minnesota on Thursday, Sept. 1. (Oregon State has a bye on Sept. 10.)

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com