BYU football fans may have to put up with watching their Cougars play at a variety of crazy times to accommodate television schedules — but not the one at Notre Dame.
The South Bend Tribune posted the times for the 2013 Fighting Irish home games today (here's the link) and BYU and Notre Dame are slated to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. EST (1:30 p.m. MST) on NBC on Nov. 23 in South Bend.
The only other game time that has been announced is the 6 p.m. start of the BYU-Boise State game in Provo on Oct. 25, a game that will be broadcast on ESPN.
This timing for the battle against the Fighting Irish is great for Cougar supporters, but is even nicer for the teams. Night games in late November in the Midwest have the potential to be miserable ... well, so do day games but night games can be even worse.
I love the atmosphere at Notre Dame and the overall game-day experience, but BYU fans are probably still grouchy about the way the Cougars dropped a winnable game in 2012 — against a team that went to the national championship game, no less.
The other thing that jumps out at me in this announcement is how far apart BYU and Notre Dame still are in the college football world.
Even with being independent and having a national following, the Cougars aren't going to get five Saturday afternoon games on national television like the Fighting Irish are. It's just not going to happen, at least not in the foreseeable future.
Still, every time BYU announces a prime-time Saturday kickoff instead of 9:30 p.m. game on a weeknight, I suspect there are a lot of smiles from Cougar supporters.