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Game times announced for early WSU football games

And also a Thursday night home game.

PULLMAN, WA - OCTOBER 16: Washington State EDGE Brennan Jackson (80) runs out of the tunnel prior to a PAC 12 conference matchup between the Stanford Cardinal and the Washington State Cougars on October 16, 2021, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA. Jack Ellis/CougCenter

Good morning Coug fans. We’ve made it to the official start of summer, though the weather in my neck of the woods would suggest we’re still in late March/early April. I could go for some of that global warming right about now.

Anyway, it’s the time of year when spring sports are either winding down or entering the championship phase. WSU has some track athletes extending their seasons to the championship meets, and its star tennis player bowed out of the NCAA championships in the quarterfinals. Awesome season, Michaela Bayerlova!

So it’s the perfect time of year to talk about college football, and the leagues know it. That’s why they, in partnership with their TV shot callers, announced some kickoff times for early season non-conference games and one Thursday night conference game. Here’s WSU’s schedule (all times PT):

  • Sept. 3 vs Idaho: 6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network
  • Sept. 10 at Wisconsin: 12:30 p.m., Fox
  • Sept. 17 vs Colorado State: 2 p.m., Pac-12 Network
  • Oct. 27 (Thursday) vs Utah: 7 p.m., FS1

That Wisconsin game is a good kickoff time, if you believe in the whole body clock theory. I wouldn’t have minded a 9 a.m. PT kickoff, as I enjoy college football with my eggs and toast, but I suppose Alabama at Texas is a better Big Noon Kickoff game. The 2 p.m. kickoff against Colorado State is a throwback to the good old days of the 80’s and 90’s, except this time the game is on TV. And a night game during Labor Day Weekend against their border rival? Meh, it’s fine. But I live nearby.

Also: Thursday night football. Discuss.

The kickoff times for the rest of the schedule are TBDBTVPTWPOMSDBFCS (To be determined by TV partners two weeks prior, or maybe six days because fans come second).

Also, and I don’t know if this was already announced or at least well known: Oct. 1 vs Cal is Homecoming, so expect a day game, and Nov. 12 vs. Arizona State is Family Weekend (formerly Dad’s weekend).

So get your affairs in order, mark you calendars, set up childcare and reserve those RVs. We’re less than 100 days to Cougar Football Saturday.


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