The Gophers on Friday announced their first 11 a.m., kickoff time of the fall after drawing the morning time slot on Big Ten Network for their Sept. 19 home game against Kent State.
Last season, the Gophers played six consecutive games that started at 11 a.m., going 4-2 in those games against Northwestern, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Nebraska.
For this fall, the Gophers drew four primetime assignments for their games against TCU, Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa.
In a speech last week in Winona, coach Jerry Kill said those primetime games are a sign "you're getting a little more respect from the Big Ten." He said the later starts should make it easier for fans to get there and said the primetime TV spotlight is "huge for recruiting."
Here's a look at the Gophers' schedule with the game time and TV info that has come out so far (all times Central).
(Thurs.) Sept. 3 -- TCU (Home), 8 p.m., ESPN
Sept. 12 -- Colorado State (Away), 2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Sept. 19 -- Kent State (Home), 11 a.m., Big Ten Network
Sept. 26 -- Ohio (Home), 2:30 p.m., TV TBA
Oct. 3 -- Northwestern (Away), Time, TV TBA
Oct 10 -- Purdue (Away), Time, TV
Oct. 17 -- Nebraska (Home), Time, TV TBA
Oct. 31 -- Michigan (Home), 7 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Nov. 7 -- Ohio State (Away), 6 or 7 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Nov. 14 -- Iowa (Away), 7 p.m., Big Ten Network
Nov. 21 -- Illinois (Home), Time, TV TBA
Nov. 28 -- Wisconsin (Home), Time, TV TBA