ASU Football changes date on New Mexico home game

Arizona Sports News online

The Arizona State University football game with the University of New Mexico this fall, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 19, has been moved to Friday, September 18 to accommodate a request of the Pacific-12 Conference Office and its television partners.

The game will kick off at 7 p.m. local time and will be televised live to a national audience on a network to be announced later. By agreeing to move the game to Friday night the Sun Devils will not be involved in a logjam of games (eight (8) total before the move) to be televised on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FOX, Fox Sports 1 or the Pac-12 Networks on Saturday, September 19.

The only other time that ASU has played a Friday night football game in September was against Missouri in 2011. ASU defeated the Tigers, 37-30, in overtime on Friday, September 9, 2011 on ESPN at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field.

ASU Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson communicated the date change with the leadership of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA).

A byproduct of the move for the Pac-12 Conference will be that ASU has one extra day to prepare for it’s Pac-12 Conference opener versus USC one week later on Saturday, September 26 at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field.