BYU Football: Time and TV set for Cougars’ tilt with Northern Illinois

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BYU Football gets another game on an ESPN channel and an afternoon kick when they take on Northern Illinois on October 27th.

Another BYU Football matchup finally has a time and channel.

On Monday, BYU announced that their home matchup with Northern Illinois on October 27th will kick off at 1:30pm MT and be televised on ESPNU.

It’ll be the seventh game of the season to be shown on a national sports channel, and the sixth to air on one an ESPN network (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU). They’ll play at least one more game after that on an ESPN Network when the Cougars will take on Boise State the following week.

The games against New Mexico State and Utah still don’t have a time or channel.

It’s not a surprise that this matchup isn’t on one of the prime channels. Northern Illinois isn’t a marquee opponent, nor are they off to a notable start to the season.

Both the Cougars and Huskies will enter the game with a 4-3 record, and both will be coming off a bye week.

Northern Illinois’ three losses have come against Power 5 teams (Iowa, Utah, and Florida State). All four of their wins have come in conference play, and all four wins were by a touchdown or less.

Currently, the Huskies average 18.6 points per game and give up 23.3 per contest. Compare that to BYU, who averages 25.1 points and gives up 24.4.

There’s a very good chance that this game turns into a defensive battle, especially if there’s bad weather.

Fortunately for fans it’s an afternoon kickoff, which should be much warmer than an evening kick as the weather continues to turn colder. Hopefully that helps Cougar Nation fill up LaVell Edwards Stadium for the first time this season.