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A daytime kickoff for Boise State football’s opener? Better believe it

The rarest of occasions at Albertsons Stadium will occur with the 2017 season opener — a real, live daytime kickoff.

Boise State will host its first football game during the daylight hours in four years on Saturday, Sept. 2 against Troy, the Broncos announced Wednesday. The game will have a 1:45 p.m. start, televised on ESPNU. The last home game that started before 6 p.m. was Sept. 7, 2013, against Tennessee Martin.

Also on Wednesday, it was announced the Broncos’ Sept. 9 road game at Washington State will get an 8:30 p.m. MT kickoff, televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

“We have half our kick times for 2017 home games already set, and none start later than 6 p.m.,” Boise State Athletic Director Curt Apsey said in a statement. “Game times are obviously something we have been hearing a lot about from our fans, so I am hopeful that we will see a packed stadium starting with Troy to kick off the season.”

Boise State 2017 football schedule

Saturday, Sept. 2: vs. Troy (1:45 p.m., ESPNU)

Saturday, Sept. 9: at Washington State (8:30 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2 or ESPNU)

Thursday, Sept. 14: vs. New Mexico (6 p.m., ESPN)

Friday, Sept. 22: vs. Virginia (6 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2)

Friday, Oct. 6: at BYU (8:15 p.m., ESPN)

Saturday, Oct. 14: at San Diego State (8:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

Saturday, Oct. 21: vs. Wyoming (TBA, ESPN networks)

Saturday, Oct. 28: at Utah State (8 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

Saturday, Nov. 4: vs. Nevada (TBA, ESPN networks)

Saturday, Nov. 11: at Colorado State (8:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network)

Saturday, Nov. 18: vs. Air Force (TBA, ESPN networks)

Saturday, Nov. 25: at Fresno State (1:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network)