Oregon State will open their 2016 football season Thursday evening Sept. 1 in Minneapolis, MN, against Minnesota.
We now know when, with today's tv schedule announcement that the Beavers and Gophers will kickoff at TFC Bank Stadium just after 8 PM CDT, which will be a 6 PM PDT tv start time. The game will be on the B1G Ten network.
This makes 2 known kickoff times, for the first 2 games, with the home opener 9 days later against Idaho State set for 2 PM PDT.
The evening start is favorable, as lingering midwest heat and humidity will be relenting at that point, and for those making the trip, its late enough in the day to allow easier travel logistics.
For those not making the trip, its about as good a start time as possible, coming on a work night, as its late enough to allow time to get home (avoiding the dreaded 4 PM PDT start), and also not so late as to make it a late night, with the game likely ending by around 9:30 PM.
And given the disastrous outcomes of several 9 AM PDT starts for midwest and eastern time zone games Oregon State (and sometimes other Pac-12 teams), it should afford a better chance to be competitive for the win.