BYU football: Cougars' season-opener vs. Washington State moved to Aug. 30 on ESPN

Published: Wednesday, May 16 2012 7:08 p.m. MDT

BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman (2) celebrates with teammates Braden Hansen, left rear, Bryan Kariya (33) and Braden Brown (75) after catching the game-winning touchdown pass during the fourth quarter of the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game against Tulsa on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in Dallas. BYU won 24-21. Hoffman had three touchdown receptions from Riley Nelson in the game. (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)

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BYU's 2012 season-opener against Washington State has been moved to Thursday, Aug. 30 with kickoff scheduled for 8:15 p.m. MT, the school announced Wednesday. The game, which was originally set for Sept. 1, will be televised by ESPN.

Also, BYU's game against Hawaii has been switched to Friday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. MT, and will broadcast on ESPN. That game was originally scheduled for Sept. 29.

That gives BYU four non-Saturday games this season, along with the Sept. 20 (Thursday) showdown against Boise State at 7 p.m. MT, on ESPN, and the Oct.. 5 (Friday) contest against Utah State at 8:15 p.m. MT, on ESPN or ESPN2.

The Cougars will be part of ESPN's Thursday or Friday night football series four of the first six weeks of the 2012 season. ESPN and ESPN2 are available in nearly 100 million homes.

BYU will host Weber State on Sept. 8 in a game to be broadcast on BYUtv. That game will kick off at 1 p.m. MT.

"We are excited to announce the first half of our television schedule for 2012," said BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe. "Thanks to our partnership with ESPN and BYUtv, only a handful of schools received the national exposure we enjoyed in 2011. We have great television partners who provide us with the opportunity to consistently play in front of a national audience."

Of the final six games on the 2012 football schedule, only the Notre Dame broadcast plans have been announced. The Cougars will visit the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind., on Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. MT, before a national audience on NBC.

Broadcast plans for the rest of BYU's 2012 football schedule will be announced at a later date.

email: jeffc@desnews.com

2012 BYU football schedule

Opponent Date Time TV

WASHINGTON ST.Thurs., Aug. 30 8:15 p.m. ESPN

WEBER STATE Sat., Sept. 8 1 p.m. BYUtv

at Utah Sat., Sept. 15 TBD TBD

at Boise State Thurs., Sept. 20 7 p.m. ESPN

HAWAII Fri., Sept. 28 6 p.m. ESPN

UTAH STATE Fri., Oct. 5 8:15 p.m.ESPN*

OREGON STATE Sat., Oct. 13 TBD TBD

at Notre Dame Sat., Oct. 20 1:30 p.m. NBC

at Georgia Tech Sat., Oct. 27 TBD TBD

IDAHO Sat., Nov. 10 TBD TBD

at San Jose St. Sat., Nov. 17 TBD TBD

at New Mexico St.Sat., Nov. 24 TBD TBD

All times MT

*or ESPN2

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