BOISE, Idaho A record six games on the ESPN network highlights the 2009 Boise State University football schedule announced today (April 1) by Bronco Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier.
While the Broncos have appeared in six or more ESPN/ESPN2 games during one season three other times (2004, 2007 and 2008), the 2009 schedule marks first time the network has announced Boise State will appear in six games prior to the season getting underway.
The record slate of nationally televised games begins on Sept. 3 (Thursday) when the Broncos host the University of Oregon at 8:15 p.m. at Bronco Stadium. This will be the first of three games broadcast on ESPN. The other two games are Sept. 18 (Friday) at Fresno State to open the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) season, and Oct. 14 (Wednesday) at the University of Tulsa.
The three games to be broadcast on ESPN2 are Nov. 6 (Friday) at Louisiana Tech University, Nov. 20 (Friday) at Utah State University and at home on Nov. 27 (Friday) against the University of Nevada.
Boise State has an all-time record of 28-7 for games broadcast on the ESPN networks.
In 2004, ESPN originally announced Boise State would appear in three nationally televised games before the network added three more games during the regular season. In 2007 and 2008 ESPN announced the Broncos would appear in five regular season games. In all three seasons Boise State picked another ESPN game when the team advanced to postseason play.
The most nationally televised games for the Broncos in one season came in 2004 and 2008 with seven each.
Included among the Broncos’ 2009 opponents are six teams which appeared in postseason bowl games last year. Oregon defeated Oklahoma State University 42-31 in last season’s Pacific Life Holiday Bowl; Fresno State lost to Colorado State 40-35 in the New Mexico Bowl; Tulsa was a winner in the GMAC Bowl with a 45-13 victory over Ball State; the University of Hawai’i lost to the University of Notre Dame in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, 49-21; Louisiana Tech posted a 17-10 win over Northern Illinois University in the Independence Bowl; while Nevada lost to the University of Maryland, 42-35, in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl.
Along with home games against Oregon and Nevada, other teams coming to face Boise State at Bronco Stadium this season are Miami (Ohio) University on Sept. 12 (Saturday), UC Davis on Oct. 3 (Saturday), San Jose State University on Oct. 31 (Saturday), the University of Idaho on Nov. 14 (Saturday) and New Mexico State University on Dec. 5 (Saturday).
Once again Boise State will be playing its games on different days of the week. Seven will be on the traditional Saturday, four on Friday, and one each on Thursday and Wednesday.
Following is a complete schedule for the 2009 season.
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME TV
Sept. 3 (Thursday) Oregon Boise, Idaho 8:15 p.m. ESPN
Sept. 12 (Saturday) Miami (Ohio) Boise, Idaho 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 18 (Friday) * at Fresno State Fresno, California 6:00 p.m. (PT) ESPN
Sept. 26 (Saturday) at Bowling Green Bowling Green, Ohio TBA
Oct. 3 (Saturday) UC Davis Boise, Idaho 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 14 (Wednesday) at Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma 7:00 p.m. (CT) ESPN
Oct. 24 (Saturday) * at Hawai’i Honolulu, Hawaii TBA
Oct. 31 (Saturday) * San Jose State Boise, Idaho 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 6 (Friday) * at Louisiana Tech Ruston, Louisiana 7:00 p.m. (CT) ESPN2
Nov. 14 (Saturday) * Idaho Boise, Idaho 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 20 (Friday) * at Utah State Logan, Utah 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
Nov. 27 (Friday) * Nevada Boise, Idaho TBA ESPN2
Dec. 5 (Saturday) * New Mexico State Boise, Idaho 1:00 p.m.
* WAC Game All Times Mountain unless noted Home Games in Bold