So far so good for the many Air Force football fans wishing to keep as many home games as possible in the early afternoon hours on Saturdays.
The Mountain West announced the remainder of its national television package, and at this point 10 of Air Force’s 12 games will be played on Saturdays, and all but one home game as of now is scheduled to start in the early afternoon.
The downside to the rather vanilla schedule is that Air Force stands to earn no conference bonus money for nationally televised games (which could be as much at $500,000 for one game), as none of its home games have been picked up by one of the top two ESPN networks or any of the over-the-air networks.
The announcement on Thursday revealed that Air Force’s road games at Wyoming (Sept. 6) and Utah State (Oct. 11) will be picked up by the ESPN family of networks. Even if those games are bumped up to ESPN or ESPN2, the host schools – not Air Force – would earn the bonus money.
The Falcons also learned that CBS Sports Network will televise the Sept. 27 home game against Boise State – a 5 p.m. kickoff, so far the only evening start on the Falcons home slate – and the 1:30 p.m. kickoff against Navy on Oct. 4.
Air Force had previously learned it will play a pair of Friday games – one at San Diego State on the evening of Nov. 21 and the other at home at 1:30 p.m. against ColoradoS tate on Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving. Both Friday games will be on CBS Sports Network.
The Mountain West will give assignments for regional and web-only broadcasts on Root Sports and the Mountain West Network in the coming weeks.
Only half of Air Force’s games have been assigned television coverage.
Don’t set all of those Saturday afternoon games in stone just yet, as all times and dates remain subject to change.
Here’s Air Force’s schedule as it currently stands:
2014 Air Force Football Schedule
Day Date Opponent (TV) Time
Sat. Aug. 30 vs. Nicholls State TBA
Sat. Sept. 6 at Wyoming*(ESPN Net) TBA
Sat. Sept. 13 at Georgia State TBA
Sat. Sept. 20 OPEN
Sat. Sept. 27 vs. Boise State* (CBSSN) 5 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 4 vs. Navy (CBSSN) 1:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 11 at Utah State*(ESPN Net) TBA
Sat. Oct. 18 vs. New Mexico* TBA
Sat. Oct. 25 OPEN
Sat. Nov. 1 at Army TBA
Sat. Nov. 8 at UNLV* TBA
Sat. Nov. 15 vs. Nevada* TBA
Fri. Nov. 21 at San Diego State* (CBSSN) 6:30 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 28 vs. Colorado State* (CBSSN) 1:30 p.m.
*-Mountain West game
Times are local to site
ESPN Net – ESPN Networks