The Boise State football team’s September game at Virginia has been moved to Friday, Sept. 25, and will air on ESPN or ESPN2, the ACC and Boise State announced Thursday.
The game is the front end of a home-and-home series. Virginia comes to Boise in 2017.
Boise State won’t receive a TV bonus for the game because it’s not Mountain West-controlled.
The Cavaliers were 5-7 in 2014. The Broncos were 12-2, including Mountain West and Fiesta Bowl championships.
The Broncos also will open the season on a weeknight — Thursday or Friday, Sept. 3 or 4, against Washington (8-6) in Boise for ESPN. Their second game, at BYU (8-5), also seems like a strong candidate to move to Thursday/Friday for ESPN.
The Broncos play Idaho State (8-4) on Sept. 19 in between BYU and Virginia. They could try to move that game to a Friday, too, to avoid a short week going across the country to Virginia.
In 2006, the Broncos played Oregon State on a Thursday in the second game of the year. They moved their opener against Sacramento State to a Thursday to avoid the short week.
The Mountain West’s target date for the league schedule is April 1. Last year, the preliminary schedule was released Feb. 20 but the Friday night package wasn’t released until April 10.
Here’s the schedule so far:
vs. Washington (Thursday, Sept. 3, or Friday, Sept. 4)
at BYU (Sept. 12)
vs. Idaho State (Sept. 19)
at Virginia (Friday, Sept. 25)
MW home: Air Force, Hawaii, New Mexico, Wyoming
MW road: Colorado State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State
From last night, Boise State has added a linebacker to its recruiting class. Riley Whimpey will go on a mission and join the team in 2017.
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