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College football: OU, OSU will have late nights in the desert

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State fans, players and coaches will have late nights early in the college football season. Both teams will play early September games in the desert with 9:30 p.m. central time kickoffs.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 14, 2012
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Oklahoma and Oklahoma State fans, players and coaches will have late nights early in the college football season.

Both teams will play early September games in the desert with 9:30 p.m. central time kickoffs.

The Sooners' season opener, Sept. 1 at UTEP, will be broadcast by the Fox Sports Network, it was announced Thursday when Conference USA released its 2012 football television schedule.

Oklahoma State's second game of the season, Sept. 8 at Arizona, will be telecast by the PAC-12 Network.

Both games are in the Mountain time zone, meaning 8:30 p.m. kickoff times locally.

A source told the Tulsa World that the Sooners' game was originally scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. central time start, but neither school wanted to play in the afternoon heat.

UTEP hasn't hosted an afternoon game in September in at least 20 years.

The game will be the Sooners' first regular-season trip to El Paso, although they did beat Stanford in the 2009 Sun Bowl there.

It also marks the first time OU will play a true road opener outside of the state since 1994, when the Sooners opened that season at Syracuse.

OU's home opener is scheduled for one week later, Sept. 8, against Florida A&M.

UTEP was a late addition to OU's 2012 schedule after the latest round of conference realignment. TCU, which joined the Big 12 for the upcoming season, was already on the Sooners' 2012 schedule as an out-of-conference opponent.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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