BOISE — It’s a tradeoff the Broncos will probably take, though some fans may not agree.
Boise State’s Sept. 14 home game against Portland State will start at 8:15 p.m. and be televised by ESPN2, the league and network announced Thursday.
It’s a nationally televised game against an FCS opponent — a rarity for a non-Power Five team like Boise State — but it means yet another late kick off at Albertsons Stadium. Although a late night in mid-September won’t be nearly as cold as say an 8:15 start in late November.
Boise State will play at least four games this season that start at 8:15 p.m. or later, but the Portland State game is the first at home. Road games at UNLV (Oct. 5), San Jose State (Nov. 2) and Utah State (Nov. 23) all will kick off at 8:30 p.m. MDT.
The Broncos will host Marshall at 7 p.m. on Friday Sept. 6 in the home opener and Air Force at 7 p.m. on Friday Sept. 20th. The remaining home games against Hawaii, Wyoming and New Mexico don’t have start times yet, but would seem to be prime candidates for the 8:15 p.m. slot.
In 2018, the Broncos started four of six home games at 8:15 p.m. including three in November.
ESPN also announced Thursday that Boise State’s road game at BYU on Oct. 19 will air on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, but a time won’t be released until roughly two weeks before the game.
Both announcements mean the Broncos will play eight games on the ESPN family of networks. All four conference road games will air on CBS Sports Network.
Boise State’s season opener on August 31 against Florida State in Jacksonville previously was announced as a 5 p.m. MDT start on ESPN.
COLLINGHAM EARNS SCHOLARSHIP
Redshirt senior tight end Garrett Collingham was given a scholarship for his final season with the Broncos, coach Bryan Harsin announced on social media.
Collingham, who has played five different positions since arriving in 2015 as a walk-on from Mountain View High School, had five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown, and also had a four-yard rushing touchdown. The two touchdowns were the first of his career.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Collingham had offseason shoulder surgery that kept him out of spring practices, but he should be fully cleared by the start of fall camp. He previously played quarterback, punter, wide receiver and linebacker before landing at tight end prior to last season.
He’s expected to have a bigger role at tight end this fall.
HARWELL TRANSFERS TO CAL POLY
Former Boise State basketball player Malek Harwell is transferring to Cal Poly, where he will have immediate eligibility as a grad transfer. Harwell, a Pocatello native, announced in March that he was transferring to seek more playing time.
He averaged 2.2 points in 9.0 minutes in 32 games off the bench for the Broncos last season.
Cal Poly is located in San Luis Obispo, California. The Big West school went 6-23 last season.