The Big Ten is finishing up their kickoff times for non-conference action, and the game between Iowa State and Iowa in Kinnick Stadium will have a late afternoon kickoff on the ESPN family of networks.
Kickoff for the Cy-Hawk rivalry game will Saturday, September 13th, at 2:30 PM Central time. The game will be televised on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2 with an official announcement likely during the season.
There’s two scenarios in where this game will end up on TV. One is it could be a game on ESPN. Simple as that. Or, this game will be a candidate for a reverse mirror situation for ABC and ESPN2 because it’s a Big Ten game.
Either way, this game will be shown nationally across the country. If it’s listed as an ABC game and you don’t get it in your area, you will find it on ESPN2.
If I’m a betting man, this will be an ABC/ESPN2 split. Because the four-letter network is all about “S-E-C! S-E-C! S-E-C!” I’d be surprised if Arkansas-Texas Tech wasn’t the game on ESPN as it’s scheduled in the same time slot and is currently listed for ESPN or ABC.
The game was predictably going to be an early kickoff, but it ended up being a late afternoon game instead. This has been the trend as of late at Kinnick Stadium. The last two games have seen a kickoff at 2:30 PM.
Generally, the rivalry has a morning kickoff at 11:00 AM in Ames until FOX Sports 1 bucked the trend last year and put it at the really unusual start time of 5:00 PM.
Fans win all around. Not only can every fan see this game anywhere they live, but those that are going to the game and taligating will have the perfect late afternoon kickoff scenario. Booze, eat, booze, game, booze/nap/eat, bars. Perfect.