ESPN to air Boise State’s football games vs. Air Force, Fresno State

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

ESPN on Tuesday announced seven Mountain West football games that it will air this season, including two Boise State games.

The Broncos will host Air Force at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and visit Fresno State at 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Both games will air on ESPN.

The other five games include two on ESPN (Utah State-San Jose State, Nevada-San Diego State), one on ESPN2 (Navy-San Jose State) and two on ESPNU (Air Force-New Mexico, UNLV-Air Force).

ESPN has the rights to 22 Mountain West games, including all six Boise State home games. More games will be announced later.

Boise State is guaranteed at least one more home game on ESPN and possibly two under its contract with the Mountain West and ESPN. Those games will be on Saturdays.

Boise State also has a third Friday game, at BYU on Oct. 25, that is not part of the Mountain West contract.

Boise State gets $300,000 each in Mountain West bonus money for its two Friday games announced today. It will get $500,000 for each Saturday ESPN game.

San Jose State also got two bonus games. Utah State, Air Force, Fresno State, Nevada and San Diego State each got one.

Here is Boise State’s full schedule:

Aug. 31: at Washington
Sept. 7: vs. Tennessee Martin
Sept. 13 (Friday): vs. Air Force, 6 p.m., ESPN
Sept. 20 (Friday): at Fresno State, 7 p.m., ESPN
Sept. 28: vs. Southern Miss
Oct. 5: BYE
Oct. 12: at Utah State
Oct. 19: vs. Nevada
Oct. 25 (Friday): at BYU, 6 p.m., ESPN
Nov. 2: at Colorado State
Nov. 9: BYE
Nov. 16: vs. Wyoming
Nov. 23: at San Diego State
Nov. 30: vs. New Mexico
Dec. 7: Mountain West championship game

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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