College football kickoff times are a slave to the desires of the television networks, which has resulted in a second consecutive extreme start time for an Arizona Wildcats Homecoming game.
Last season, Arizona’s game against Colorado kicked off at 11:30 a.m.
This year, the Nov. 9 Homecoming game against UCLA will start at 8 p.m. and be televised by ESPN, the school announced Monday. This will be UA’s first time on ESPN this season.
The Wildcats are used to 7 p.m. or 7:30 kickoffs at home, but this late start definitely will test fans’ bedtimes for what figures to be a key game for Arizona.
The Cats enter this week’s game at Cal with a 5-2 record, 2-2 in the Pac-12 South. They are tied for second place with UCLA and USC, one game behind Arizona State. If UA wins this week at Cal, which is struggling at 0-5 in the league, it will carry division title hopes into the game vs. the Bruins.
UCLA won last season’s meeting 66-10 in the Rose Bowl.