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Feb. 3, 2010


TOLEDO, Ohio--The Arizona at Toledo 2010 football opener for both schools this September has been announced by host UT for an 8 p.m. kickoff on Friday, Sept. 3, to accommodate an ESPN national cablecast.


UT Athletic Director Mike O'Brien announced today the date switch from Sept. 4 as part of ESPN's third annual Kickoff Week schedule.


            'We are pleased to be a part of ESPN's Kickoff Week schedule during the opening weekend of 2010 college football action,' said O'Brien. 'We anticipate a terrific matchup in the Glass Bowl against a strong Pac-10 program in Arizona.'


            Arizona interim athletics director Kathleen 'Rocky' LaRose concurred. 'It's a fine way to open the season, in a matchup that showcases both teams in the national limelight.'


            The selection by ESPN gives Arizona three confirmed television games prior to the May 1 and June 1 TV selections by the Pacific-10 Conference broadcast partners. All three are non-Saturday contests. The other two are a Friday, Nov. 26, game at Oregon with the television entity to be determined and a Thursday, Dec. 2, contest in Arizona Stadium  at 6 p.m. on ESPN.


            League TV partners make their first round of selections in May, a second in June and then move to a 12- or 6-day process during the season. Additionally, other games may be shown through UA's contract with IMG Sports on a local or regional basis.


            That puts start times for most games to be announced until later dates, LaRose said. Arizona default kickoff times for home games are 7 p.m. in September, and 4 p.m. in October and thereafter. Default kick times for road games - strictly tentative - this year are 2 p.m. PST at WSU, and 12:30 p.m. PST at UCLA, Stanford and Oregon.

2010 Arizona Football Schedule



Time (Local)


Sept. 4

at Toledo

8 p.m. (EST)


Sept. 11




Sept. 18




Sept. 25

open date



Oct. 2




Oct. 9

Oregon State



Oct. 16

at Washington St.



Oct. 23

Washington - HOMECOMING



Oct. 30




Nov. 6

at Stanford



Nov. 13




Nov. 26

(Friday) at Oregon



Dec. 2

(Thursday) Arizona State

6 p.m.





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