COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West released a portion of its football national television schedule for the 2013 season today. The initial seven telecasts are slated for multiple ESPN networks, including four consecutive Friday night appearances on ESPN.
Today's announcement is the first under a new agreement with ESPN as the second MW national television rights holder for Conference-controlled football games. CBS Sports Network remains the primary rights holder for the Mountain West.
Between the two networks, up to 44 football games will be televised this year on their various platforms. Broadcast details for the Mountain West package on CBS Sports Network, as well as additional telecasts on the ESPN networks, will be announced at a later date.
Boise State's football games against Air Force and Fresno State, both Friday night contests, will be broadcast by ESPN, according to today's the Mountain West announcment.
The Broncos' home game against the Falcons (Sept. 13) will kick off at 6 p.m. (MT), and the road game against the Bulldogs (Sept. 20) will kick off at 7 p.m. (MT).
Times for each of the Broncos' three Friday night contests have now been finalized. Boise State's game at BYU (Oct. 25) will also be broadcast by ESPN, and is slated to begin at 6 p.m. (MT).
Broadcast information and kick times for the remainder of the Broncos' 2013 schedule are still being finalized and will be announced later this spring when additional networks, broadcasts and kick times become available for the Mountain West.
Boise State is coming off of an 11-2 season in 2012, which included a tie for the MW Championship and a 28-26 victory over Washington in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. Boise State concluded the season ranked No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, No. 18 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 19 in the final BCS Standings.
Beginning in the fall of 2013, MW football membership will include Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawai'i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV in the West Division.
Below is a listing of the initial Mountain West football telecasts for the 2013 season. Additional networks, broadcasts and kick times will be announced as they become available.
Boise State's schedule to date looks like this:
Home games in bold
* Conference game.