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John E. Hoover: Here’s what you need to know about the OU/OSU/TU kickoff times announced today

John E. Hoover: Here’s what you need to know about the OU/OSU/TU kickoff times announced today

The Oklahoma Sooners run onto the field before the start of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma won 38-20. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

The Oklahoma Sooners run onto the field before the start of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma won 38-20. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Kickoff times for four Oklahoma games and two Oklahoma State games were announced today, and college football fans around here need to know two things:

One, the Cowboys’ season opener against Missouri State on Saturday, Sept. 1, has been moved to Thursday, Aug. 30.

And two, Sooner fans should plan on getting to bed early on Friday nights.

The Cowboys host the Bears in a special Thursday night season opener that will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

All three OSU non-conference kickoff times were announced: OSU hosts South Alabama at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8, and Fox Sports Net will carry that game. The Cowboys’ Sept. 15 home game against Boise State kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and will be shown on either ABC or one of the ESPN channels.

OU fans are in for more early mornings.

The Sooners’ season opener against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 1 starts at 11 a.m. and will be shown on Fox. The Sept. 8 home game against UCLA begins at noon and will be televised by Fox. And the Sooners’ Sept. 15 Big 12 Conference opener at Iowa State kicks off at 11 a.m. and will be carried by either ABC or the ESPN networks.

Kick time for OU’s Friday night season finale at West Virginia also was announced: 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Tulsa also announced several kickoff times for the 2018 schedule.

The Golden Hurricane’s season opener against Central Arkansas on Sept. 1 starts at 6 p.m. and will be carried on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. TU’s Sept. 8 game at Texas begins at 7 p.m. and has been picked up by the Longhorn Network. Tulsa’s Sept. 15 home game with Arkansas State kicks off at 6 p.m. and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

The Golden Hurricane’s American Athletic Conference opener at Temple on Sept. 20 (Thursday) kicks at 6:30 and will be shown on ESPN.

TU’s Oct. 4 (Thursday) conference game at Houston also will be broadcast by ESPN and start at 7 p.m. An Oct. 12 (Friday) AAC home game against South Florida kicks at 6 p.m. and will be shown by ESPN.

Tulsa’s Nov. 17 conference game at Navy starts at 2:30 and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

Other kickoff times and television selections will be made at a later date.

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Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Catch him throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at johnehoover.com.

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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