The Western Athletic Conference announced today that a minimum of 13 football games will be televised on multiple ESPN platforms this fall. The season opens with a Thursday night contest on Aug. 30 featuring Texas A&M versus defending WAC champion Louisiana Tech. The game will be played in Shreveport, La., and will be shown on ESPNU.
Utah State makes an appearance on Friday, Sept. 7, when the Aggies host in-state rival Utah on ESPN2. The following day, WAC newcomer Texas State makes its first appearance when it hosts Texas Tech on a network to be announced at a later date.
The rest of September includes several games that will be shown on ESPN3. ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold level members. It is currently available to 73 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.
In October and November, ESPN Regional Television (ERT), will produce five games that will be available for syndication to the local markets of the teams involved and on the nation-wide ESPN GamePlan package.
Additional television games are expected to be added in the upcoming months.
2012 WAC-ESPN Football Schedule
Date Game Time (Local) ESPN Platform
Thursday, Aug. 30 Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech 6:30 p.m. CT ESPNU
Friday, Sept. 7 Utah at Utah State 6:00 p.m. MT ESPN2
Saturday, Sept. 8 Texas Tech at Texas State TBD TBD
Saturday, Sept. 15 Rice at Louisiana Tech 6:00 p.m. CT ESPN3
Saturday, Sept. 15 Colorado State at San Jose State 5:00 p.m. PT ESPN3
Saturday, Sept. 22 New Mexico at New Mexico State 6:00 p.m. MT ESPN3
Saturday, Sept. 29 Nevada at Texas State TBD TBD
Saturday, Sept. 29 UNLV at Utah State 6:00 p.m. MT ESPN3
Saturday, Oct. 6 UNLV at Louisiana Tech 6:00 p.m. CT ERT
Saturday, Oct. 13 Utah State at San Jose State 1:00 p.m. PT ERT
Saturday, Oct. 20 Idaho at Louisiana Tech 6:00 p.m. CT ERT
Saturday, Nov. 3 UTSA at Louisiana Tech 3:00 p.m. CT ERT
Saturday, Nov. 24 Idaho at Utah State 1:00 p.m. MT ERT