PROVO, Utah (Mar. 8, 2011) - The BYU football team's game against TCU during the upcoming 2011 season will be televised live to a national television audience on ESPN, a change from the Cougars' original release announcing the matchup.
Previously slated to be broadcast on ESPN2, BYU will play the Horned Frogs next season on the network's main channel in a neutral site matchup at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will be played on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. CT (6 p.m. MT).
The 2011 college football season marks the beginning of an eight-year agreement between ESPN and BYU for exclusive rights to BYU home football games across multiple ESPN platforms. As part of the deal, ESPN receives first selection rights to all BYU home games and any neutral site matchups in which the school is the designated home team. Games can be televised on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays across ESPN, ESPN on ABC, ESPN2 and ESPNU with simulcasts on ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN GamePlan.
The Oct. 28 matchup features two of college football’s most successful programs over the past five seasons. BYU and TCU are two of only seven FBS programs to win 10 or more games at least four of the last five seasons, and are two of only 11 teams that have won 50 or more games during that span. TCU is coming off a 13-0 season and No. 2 final ranking after its 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The Cougars and Horned Frogs are also two of only 11 programs to win at least four bowl games in the past five years. BYU is coming of a 52-24 New Mexico Bowl victory over UTEP.
In addition to the TCU game, ESPN announced that it will air both the BYU-UCF game on Sept. 23 and the BYU-Utah State game on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. MT on ESPN. Additional broadcast plans and game times for the 2011 season are yet to be determined.