By Brian Murphy
Boise State will have three football games on ESPN's family of networks in 2011 after moving its game with Toledo to Friday, Sept. 16. The game had originally been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 in Toledo. It will kick off at 6 p.m. MT and be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2.
Iowa State plays Connecticut that day.
The date change has long been rumored as Boise State has a bye week before the game at Toledo. The Rockets, however, play at Ohio State on Sept. 10. The Broncos could be the highest-ranked team to ever play at Toledo. Currently, Pittsburgh — ranked No. 9 in 2003 — holds that distinction.
"We're excited to be hosting Boise State at the Glass Bowl in front of a national TV audience," Toledo head coach Tim Beckman said in a release by the school. "It's going to be a great experience of our players and fans, and it's great that football fans all around the country will get a chance to see the University of Toledo and our Toledo community on national TV."
Boise State becomes a member of the Mountain West Conference on July 1. The Broncos' season opener against Georgia in the Chik-Fil-A Kickoff Game will be on ESPN as will their Friday, Oct. 7 game at Fresno State.
The Broncos have 10 Saturday games and two Friday games — a departure from recent schedules when they played games on various days. In 2010, Boise State played on a Monday, a Tuesday and three Fridays during the regular season. In 2009, Boise State played on a Wednesday, a Thursday and four Fridays in the regular season.
Boise State's 12 games will be televised on four channels: ESPN/ESPN2 (three games), CBS Sports Network (formerly CBS College Sports, three games), Versus (three games) and The Mtn. (three games).
CBS Sports Network (38 million subscribers) is available on Dish Network (152) and DirecTV (613) but not Cable One.
Versus (74.1 million) is available on Cable One (326), Dish (151) and DirecTV (603).
The Mtn. (12 million) is available on Cable One (329) and DirecTV (616) but not Dish.
2011 Boise State University Football Schedule
Sat., Sept. 3 vs. Georgia (Atlanta) 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Fri., Sept. 16 at Toledo 6 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
Sat., Sept. 24 vs. Tulsa, 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Sat., Oct. 1 vs. Nevada TBA (Versus)
Fri., Oct. 7 at Fresno State 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Sat., Oct. 15 at Colorado State 4 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Sat., Oct. 22 vs. Air Force 1:30 p.m. (Versus)
Sat., Nov. 5 at UNLV 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Sat., Nov. 12 vs. TCU 1:30 p.m. (Versus)
Sat., Nov. 19 at San Diego State 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Sat., Nov. 26 vs. Wyoming Noon (The Mtn.)
Sat., Dec. 3 vs. New Mexico 4 p.m. (The Mtn.)
* — All times Mountain.
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