The first round of kickoff times and television information has been released for coach Mel Tucker’s first season as the leader of the Colorado football team. Buffaloes fans will have to brace for a late night if they want to digest the entire season-opener.
On Thursday, the Pac-12 Conference announced the kickoff times and broadcast arrangements for 44 football games on the 2019 schedule, including five for CU — the first three games of the season, as well as the Buffs’ two Friday night dates during Pac-12 play. All five of the announced CU games will be televised nationally.
The opener against rival Colorado State, already set for Friday, Aug. 30 at Mile High Stadium, will kick off at 8:10 p.m. and air on ESPN.
The following week on Sept. 7, the Buffs complete the renewed rivalry against Nebraska with the first home date of the Tucker era. Kickoff will be at 1:30 p.m. and the showdown will air on FOX as the Cornhuskers seek payback for the Buffs’ 33-28 win in Lincoln last season.
On Sept. 14 the Buffs’ long-awaited matchup against Air Force, the first meeting between the state rivals since 1974, will begin at 11 a.m. at Folsom Field with the broadcast slated for the Pac-12 Network. It will be the Falcons’ first visit to Folsom since 1973.
CU’s two Friday night dates during Pac-12 play — at Oregon on Oct. 11 and at home against USC on Oct. 25 — also have been settled. The contest at Oregon will kick off at 8 p.m. and will air on FS1, while the home date against the Trojans will start at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.
The remainder of the schedule’s kickoff times and television information will revert to the typical in-season announcement routine, with the game information usually announced roughly 12 days before the contest.