USC’s Pacific 12 Conference football game at Colorado has been moved from Saturday, Nov. 5, to Friday, Nov. 4, the conference and ESPN announced Monday. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. PDT.
The game will be televised on ESPN2.
It will be USC’s first Friday game since defeating Louisiana Tech, 45-19, on Nov. 26, 1999, at the Coliseum. The Trojans' 1990 Kickoff Classic game against Syracuse also was played on a Friday. In the 1950s and 1960s, USC played occasional Friday night games in the Coliseum when the school shared the venue with UCLA, a USC official said.
Colorado said in a release that school officials requested the game be considered for Friday instead of the standard Thursday window ESPN utilizes for Pac-12 games. The school also requested a delay in the kickoff to 7 p.m. MDT.
“I believe this game will provide us another opportunity to highlight our beautiful campus and its many achievements,” Colorado Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said in a statement. “These rare weeknight games provide a spotlight on CU-Boulder for a national audience, and create a sense of community across the campus.”
Colorado has played Friday home games against Nebraska in every odd-numbered year since 1997, all on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
“This will be a great opportunity to showcase our entire program and the university,” Colorado Athletic Director Mike Bohn said in a statement. “It was a great atmosphere three years ago for the West Virginia game, and I am appreciative of the cooperation from the Boulder campus to make this happen.”
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