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Kickoff times set for Boise St. football opener, first home game and Oklahoma St.

Boise State broncos fans catch a tee shirt during the game against UVA at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. UVA leads BSU 21-14 at the half. Friday September, 22, 2017.
Boise State broncos fans catch a tee shirt during the game against UVA at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. UVA leads BSU 21-14 at the half. Friday September, 22, 2017. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

The Boise State football team's home opener last year was abnormally early — and didn't exactly draw well over Labor Day Weekend.

Perhaps this year, the late kickoff will get a few more fans in the seats for the Sept. 8 home opener against UConn.

On Thursday, the university announced a few more kickoff times for 2018 games, including an 8:15 p.m. start at Albertsons Stadium against the Huskies in the Broncos' first home game. It will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Last year's home opener, a sunny afternoon, drew 31,581 fans for a 1:45 p.m. kickoff.

Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin talks after the Broncos’ second spring scrimmage April 7, 2018.

Also announced were a 4 p.m. kickoff on ESPNews for the Sept. 1 season opener at Troy, and a 1:30 p.m. start for the intriguing Sept. 15 nonconference matchup with Oklahoma State. The game against the Cowboys will be on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

And wondering how to find ESPNews? It's channel 135 for CableOne subscribers, 142 on Dish Network and 207 on DirecTV.

Kickoff times are now set for all of Boise State's six road games, and three of the Broncos' six home games. The three without current start times — Oct. 6 against San Diego State, Nov. 3 against BYU and Nov. 24 against Utah State — will likely not be determined until 12 days before kickoff.

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Boise State 2018 football schedule

Saturday, Sept. 1: at Troy, 4 p.m. (ESPNews)

Saturday, Sept. 8: vs. UConn, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2 or ESPNU)

Saturday, Sept. 15: at Oklahoma State, 1:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)

Saturday, Sept. 29: at Wyoming, 5 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Saturday, Oct. 6: vs. San Diego State (ESPN Networks)

Saturday, Oct. 13: at Nevada, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Friday, Oct. 19: vs. Colorado State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Saturday, Oct. 27: at Air Force, 5 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Saturday, Nov. 3: vs. BYU (ESPN Networks)

Friday, Nov. 9: vs. Fresno State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

Friday, Nov. 16: at New Mexico, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Saturday, Nov. 24: vs. Utah State (ESPN Networks)

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