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2016 college football schedule: WSU vs. Boise State kickoff time, TV broadcast set

The Cougars and Broncos will be engaging in some #Pac12AfterDark.

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NCAA Football: Poinsettia Bowl- Boise State vs Northern Illinois
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The date for WSU’s trip to Boise State was set about six weeks ago — Saturday, September 10 — but now we know the time and broadcast partner: 7:15 p.m. PT on ESPN2.

Does it count as #Pac12AfterDark if one of the teams is from another conference? Gonna need a ruling on this one.

Neither the kickoff time nor broadcast partner are really any surprise, for the reason that we figured early on that the game might be a candidate to be moved to Thursday or Friday that week — it features two western foes who are both offensive-minded and figure to be pretty good (and possibly both ranked), which gives ESPN an attractive matchup in a time slot that often is difficult to fill with something attractive in the second week of the season.

The kickoff time is actually perfect for people who still are considering going to the game but haven’t yet purchased airfare and lodging: You can fly in Saturday morning and stay for just one night before flying out on Sunday. It also gives Eastern Washingtonians the option of driving on the day of the game — only 6.5 hours from Spokane, 5.5 hours from Pullman, or 4.5 hours from Tri-Cities — without leaving at the crack of dawn.

The priority deadline for purchasing tickets through WSU has passed (and those tickets are indeed sold out), and it's unclear if Boise State will be making any single-game tickets available to the general public — in 2015, they only made singles for their matchup with UW available to season ticket holders -- but you should be able to find single-game tickets through the secondary market, although the prices already are pretty high.

The BSU contest will be the second game of the season for WSU, which opens 2016 against Eastern Washington on September 3 at home. That game will kickoff at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Network. WSU returns home after the trip to Boise to face Idaho the following Saturday at 11 a.m. on Pac-12 Network.

Any remaining games for which times and broadcast outlets haven’t yet been announced (which is everything other than these three games and the Apple Cup) will be decided either six or 12 days in advance.