BYU announces changes to 2012 football schedule

Posted at 3:10 PM, May 16, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-16 21:06:59-04

PROVO – Bronco Mendenhall and the BYU Cougars will need to be ready for primetime this fall. The school and ESPN announced Wednesday that four of their first six games will be nighttime kickoffs on national television.

The Cougars’ opener against Washington State has moved up to an 8:15 p.m. kickoff on Thursday, Aug. 30, for an ESPN telecast.

Three weeks later, BYU’s game at Boise State will also be a Thursday night ESPN showcase at 7 p.m., then it’s back to Friday night home games Sept. 28 versus Hawaii and Oct. 5 against Utah State.

The only Saturday contests in the first half of the season will be in September when the Cougars host Weber State and visit Utah.

All the start times and television broadcast information for the second half of the season are to be determined, except for the visit to Notre Dame on Oct. 20, which will kick off at 1:30 on NBC.

2012 BYU Football Schedule

Thursday Aug. 30 vs. Washington State 8:15 p.m. MST ESPN

Saturday Sept. 8 vs. Weber State 1:00 p.m. MST BYUtv

Saturday Sept. 15 at Utah TBD

Thursday Sept. 20 at Boise State 7:00 p.m. MST ESPN

Friday Sept. 28 vs. Hawaii 6:00 p.m. MST ESPN

Friday Oct. 5 vs. Utah State 8:15 p.m. MST ESPN or ESPN2

Saturday Oct. 13 vs. Oregon State TBD

Saturday Oct. 20 at Notre Dame 1:30 p.m. MST NBC

Saturday Oct. 27 at Georgia Tech TBD

Saturday Nov. 10 vs. Idaho TBD

Saturday Nov. 17 at San Jose State TBD

Saturday Nov. 24 at New Mexico State TBD