We already knew the time and network of the season opener at Nevada, but this afternoon Purdue announced the kickoff times of five of the next six games of the 2019 season.
August 30 at Nevada, 9:30pm, CBS Sports Network
This was announced a few weeks ago, but the Boilers begin the season with a late Friday night game in Reno. No word on if there are plans to shoot a man just to watch him die.
September 7 vs. Vanderbilt, Noon, BTN
The first home game of the season is a high noon special on BTN. I had hoped that since this was an SEC vs. B1G game it would be a later kickoff, but for some odd reason the late FOX game is Buffalo at Penn State and the late BTN game is Western Michigan at Michigan State. Maybe they think the Nittany Lions are hosting the Bills? The 3:30 games are Eastern Illinois at Indiana and Central Michigan at Wisconsin. We now have a crowded noon slot of Syracuse at Maryland on ESPN, Army at Michigan on FOX, Cincinnati at Ohio State on ABC, Rutgers at Iowa on Fox Sports 1, and Vanderbilt at Purdue on BTN. Nebraska at Colorado will also be a later game, Minnesota is at Fresno State for the very late game, and Illinois at UConn simply should not be televised to protect the innocent.
September 14 vs. TCU, 7:30pm, BTN
The first home night game of the season comes against the Horned Frogs and it should be a good one. TCU struggled big time on offense late last season, but always has a sound defense. This is a great home test for Purdue and if the Boilers come out of it 3-0, watch out. There are several other good games in the conference this week including Arizona State at Michigan State, Pittsburgh at Penn State, an always frisky Northern Illinois at Nebraska, Ohio State at Indiana, and ¡El Assico!
September 28 vs. Minnesota, TBD
There is no time set for this one yet and it will likely be announced much closer to the season. The only games with kickoff times set for this weekend are Indiana at Michigan State and Middle Tennessee State at Iowa.
October 5 at Penn State, Noon, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
Purdue’s first trip to Happy Valley since 2013 will carry a noon kickoff. This is likely Purdue’s toughest game of the season and most likely loss. The Boilers have not beaten Penn State since 2004. This is also Penn State’s Homecoming, and Purdue was 3-0 on Homecomings last year #LetsBeJerks.
October 12 vs. Maryland, Noon, TBA
I get to celebrate my 40th birthday and Homecoming with a Morgan Burke approved Noon kickoff as Maryland comes to Ross-Ade Stadium for the first time ever.
October 19 at Iowa, Noon, TBA
Purdue gets a third straight Homecoming game of the 2019 season and it will be at OMHR. Jeff Brohm has won a pair of exciting games over OMHR, but I am planning this as my road trip for the season, so expect to lose by 30. Don’t worry, I only have Iowa and Nebraska to go before I have seen Purdue in every B1G stadium.
May the Rondale Moore Heisman Tour begin!