ESPN announces television plans for BYU-Utah football game

PROVO, Utah — ESPN today announced the television network schedule for the 2012 BYU-Utah football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The game will be aired on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. MT on ESPN2.

The Cougars and Utes will meet for the 88th time, with Utah leading the series 51-32-4. With the Utah game on ESPN2, BYU will play in front of a national television audience in seven of its first eight games of the 2012 season. Broadcast plans for the other five games will be announced at a later date.

BYU will be featured on an ESPN network five of the first six weeks of the 2012 season. ESPN and ESPN2 are available in nearly 100 million homes. The other game will be broadcast to a national audience on BYUtv, which is available in more than 65 million homes on Dish, DirecTV and more than 600 cable operators in North America.

Of the remaining six games on the 2012 football schedule, only the Notre Dame broadcast plans have been announced. The Cougars will face the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. MT (3:30 p.m. ET) before a national audience on NBC.

In 2012, BYU enters its second season of an eight-year exclusive agreement with ESPN. Every home game will be televised to a live national audience on one of ESPN’s platforms or BYU’s own national television network, BYUtv. A minimum of three home games will be televised annually on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC with additional games on ESPNU and at least one game on BYUtv.  Adding to the national exposure for Cougar fans and college football followers, BYUtv also airs a live one-hour pregame show and 30-minute postgame show before and after every BYU game throughout the season.
 

2012 BYU Football Schedule

Opponent Day Date Time Network
Washington State Thursday Aug. 30 8:15 pm MT ESPN
Weber State Saturday Sept. 8 1:00 pm MT BYUtv
at Utah Saturday Sept. 15 8:00 pm MT ESPN2
at Boise State Thursday  Sept. 20 7:00 pm MT ESPN
Hawai'i Friday  Sept. 28 6:00 pm MT  ESPN
Utah State Friday  Oct. 5 8:15 pm MT  ESPN or ESPN2
Oregon State Saturday Oct. 13 TBD TBD
at Notre Dame Saturday Oct. 20 3:30 pm ET NBC
at Georgia Tech Saturday Oct. 27 TBD TBD
Idaho Saturday Nov. 10 TBD TBD
at San Jose State Saturday Nov. 17 TBD TBD
at New Mexico State Saturday Nov. 24 TBD TBD

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