Cougs in 2014 will play late, and early

WASHINGTON STATE WILL play at least four night games this season and probably more. But WSU is likely also in line to kick off games on the other side of the spectrum – early contests that will begin at 11 a.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.

The Pac-12 announced Sunday that it has created an 11 a.m. PT television window for this football season in order to reduce the number of night games.

All 11 a.m. games will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks.

The number of 11 a.m. games will be determined throughout the season as its other TV partners, ESPN and Fox, pick their games and time slots.

The 11 a.m. games replace the evening window for the Pac-12 Network games. Last year there were 17 Saturday night games on the Pac-12 Networks. For its first two years, the Pac-12 Networks broadcast games at 12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The Cougs played four times on the Pac-12 Networks this past season.

The year before in the channel's inaugural season, WSU played six times on the Pac-12 Nets, including a stretch of four games in a row.

There will still be late games on ESPN and Fox Sports – those two channels need evening games in the Pac-12 after the country's games in the Eastern and Central time zones have concluded.

The Cougs have two games on the schedule slated for 7:30 p.m. kickoffs, another at 6 p.m. and one at 5 p.m.

Six WSU regular season games last year were played at 7 p.m. or later. Three were on ESPN channels, two on Fox Sports 1 and one was on the Pac-12 Networks.

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