Arizona State versus UTSA has been rescheduled to accommodate a nationally televised broadcast. The game, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 17th, will now take place the day before on Friday, September 16th.
The move was announced by both schools on Tuesday, and came at the request of the Conference USA office. Typically, C-USA national broadcasts appear on Fox Sports 1, however details regarding the network and kickoff time are still to be determined.
PROS: UTSA will appear on national television while there are virtually no other football games being played. This will be an excellent opportunity for Head Coach Frank Wilson to showcase his new team to the country. It will also be a primetime chance for the Roadrunners to beat a Power-5 opponent for the first time.
CONS: Fans commuting for the game will have much less time to travel. Most will have to leave work early or miss a day altogether, which could be detrimental for a lot of people. Students enrolled in evening classes will have to decide between the game or lecture. Also, tailgating will be affected as there will be significantly less time for the parking-lot party than Saturday afternoons allow.
This will be the first weekday game at the Alamodome since 2014, when UTSA hosted both the University of Arizona and Southern Mississippi on Thursday nights. The former was UTSA's home opener that season, and the Alamodome hosted an electric crowd of 33,500.
The stadium was truly rocking that night as the Roadrunners held the Pac-12 powerhouse up against the ropes for 59 minutes. Fans got their first glimpse of running back Jarveon Williams and tight end David Morgan, who alongside a stacked senior roster were one drive away from upsetting the Wildcats. It was one the greatest games UTSA ever played.
It's safe to say the Alamodome crowd hasn't been the same since that forsaken evening. That game was supposed to propel the Roadrunners to a new plateau, but instead began the crumbling of Larry Coker's pillars that would end an era. The difference three points can make.
Fans were riding the high of crushing the Houston Cougars in their grand opening of TDECU Stadium to fuel the electricity that evening. It'll be important for them to find fuel for this one as well. There was a large Wildcat fanbase in attendance, and it's safe to assume Arizona State fans will do the same.
UTSA's Fiesta Spring Game takes place this Saturday at the Alamodome, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. Admission is free and parking at the stadium is $10. Lots will open at 11 a.m. for tailgate.