One of the big perks of the restructured TV contract for the Mountain West is ability to have some games broadcast on ESPN. The largest sports network has provided little coverage of Mountain West schools since they had no contract with them. That has changed with a large number of games now being broadcast on one of their variety of channels.
The big questions on the Cowboys schedule has been the road games at Air Force and Boise State. Both had been selected to be broadcast on an ESPN network but the exact channel and start time was left up in the air. ESPN will evaluate the performance of the teams and then decide which channel and time they want to show the game. This week one of those question marks was finally answered.
On Monday ESPN announced that the Wyoming at Air Force game will be broadcast on ESPNU with kick off set for 8:15 p.m. MST. Playing on ESPNU will offer up the opportunity to play on a network available in 65% of households. The late start time will be a drastic change for a team that is used to 1 p.m. starts.
Wyoming fans will have plenty of time to tailgate on Saturday. I'll be in Colorado that weekend and will be making the trip down to the Springs for the game. Let me know if you'll be down for the game as well.
As far as television goes there will only be a handful of goes on at the same time. Most college football fans will be watching Utah at BYU which will start at the same time. New Mexico State at UCLA and Idaho at Washington State both start fifteen minutes later. Those should both be blowouts and won't attract much attention outside of their fanbase, Hopefully the Cowboys can put on a show in front of a large audience.