With the college football season getting closer, game times are coming out for many matches to come. However, one team's fanbase is not happy with the cards they've been dealt.
The first three games of the Oklahoma Sooners' season -- which are played at home against Florida Atlantic, UCLA and at Iowa State -- are set ti kick off at 11 a.m, noon and 11 a.m. central time, respectively.
And it's not just the fanbase that's unhappy about these times, Lincoln Riley has voiced his disappointment too. Athletic director Joe Castiglione and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby are also pretty ticked off about the matter.
Riley on early kickoffs: "I had to talk to Joe to blow off some steam before I came in here on that one...I don't agree w it, but we're not only ones making the call on it. There needs to be some equity. You don't need to have a string of 'em."#Sooners— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) May 31, 2018
These starting times are not ideal for anybody. Not the team, not local businesses, not recruits, and certainly not the students/fans who have to wake up that much earlier. It's especially disrespectful to have the team that has been the heart and soul of the Big 12 for the better part of this decade start the season in non-primetime hours.
Oklahoma football fans have to deal with a bunch of early kickoffs this year, including an "inexplicable" start time against UCLA, according to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. @ChuckCarltonDMN digs into the why, and whether this will be a long-term issue.https://t.co/FHu8xBvSzu— Scott Bell (@ScottBellDMN) June 7, 2018
Fortunately, there are still plenty of games left on the schedule without kickoff times and this very well may be a short-term problem. So hopefully TV executives can put the Sooners in the primetime slot they've earned over the past several years.
The Sooners have won the Big 12 Championship each of the last three years. they'll look to return to the College Football Playoff on the arm of Kyler Murray, who will be replacing Heisman winner Baker Mayfield.