May 3, 2012 - Updated 7:45 p.m. with UNLV game information
The Mountain West Conference and UNLV have announced the kickoff time and television partner for Minnesota's season-opening game vs. the Rebels. Kickoff is slated for 10 p.m. CT (8 p.m. PT) at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The game will air on CBS Sports Network.
In addition, the Big Ten Conference has announced kickoff times for two Gopher football games this fall. The conference announced kickoff times for each school's Homecoming game. In addition to the Homecoming contest on campus in the Twin Cities, the Gophers will be Iowa's Homecoming opponent.
The Sept. 29 game at Iowa will kick off at 11 a.m. CT. Minnesota's Homecoming contest vs. Northwestern - slated for Oct. 13 at TCF Bank Stadium - will also be an 11 a.m. CT kickoff. Television partners for the two Big Ten contests have yet to be announced. The games will air on ESPN, ESPN2 or BTN with the broadcast entity to be announced either 12 or six days prior to the contests.
The Gophers now have start times for four games in the 2012 season. It was previously announced that Minnesota's home date with Syracuse on Sept. 22 will kick off in prime time at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on BTN.