Air Force will host Colorado State on Thanksgiving Day, compete twice on Fridays and only one game at Falcon Stadium could be slotted for a dreaded late night kickoff in 2018.
Those were the highlights as the Mountain West announced network assignments for games in the upcoming football season.
The Falcons had three games selected by ESPN's networks, which often means an 8:15 p.m. kickoff that home fans despise, but of those only the Sept. 29 game against Nevada will be played at home. The other ESPN games will be Sept. 22 at Utah State and Nov. 17 at Wyoming.
There is no guarantee that a game carried by ESPN will draw the late start, but that has become a regular expectation for the Falcons. Games placed on ESPN3 can be scheduled at the discretion of the home team, but ESPN doesn’t typically announce the network and time spot until 12 days prior to the game.
Air Force will play Friday evening games on Oct. 12 at San Diego State and Oct. 19 at UNLV, with both games being aired on CBS Sports Network.
CBS Sports Network will also carry the Falcons home game against Navy at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, a 5 p.m. start against Boise State on Oct. 27 and 1:30 p.m. when New Mexico visits for the first time in four years on Nov. 10.
That's also the network that opted to put the Falcons and Colorado State on Thanksgiving Day, with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff set for Nov. 22.
Air Force's game at Army on Nov. 3 – as well as the opener against Stony Brook and a Week 2 visit to Florida Atlantic – were not picked up by a network. Additional broadcasts by AT&T SportsNet and Stadium will be announced in the coming months.
2018 Air Force Football Schedule
Day Date Time Opponent (TV)
Sat. Sept. 1 TBA Stony Brook
Sat. Sept. 8 TBA at Florida Atlantic
Sat. Sept. 15 -- OPEN
Sat. Sept. 22 TBA at Utah State* (ESPN Net)
Sat. Sept. 29 TBA Nevada* (ESPN Net)
Sat. Oct. 6 1:30 p.m. Navy (CBS SN)
Fri. Oct. 12 7 p.m. at San Diego State* (CBS SN)
Fri. Oct. 19 8 p.m. at UNLV* (CBS SN)
Sat. Oct. 27 5 p.m. Boise State* (CBS SN)
Sat. Nov. 3 TBA at Army
Sat. Nov. 10 1:30 p.m. New Mexico* (CBS SN)
Sat. Nov. 17 TBA at Wyoming* (ESPN Net)
Thur. Nov. 22 1:30 p.m. Colorado State* (CBS SN)
* - Mountain West game
All times Mountain
Additional television selections TBA