Nebraska football is back on ESPN to start the 2019 season, and it has plum midafternoon kickoff times for two of its rivalry games.

The Huskers announced Thursday five kickoff times for the 2019 season. Four of the games had networks attached to them.

Nebraska’s Aug. 31 season opener against South Alabama will kickoff at 11 a.m. on ESPN — Nebraska wasn’t on the network all of last season — while the Sept. 7 game at Colorado will kick off at 2:30 p.m. on Fox’s national network. NU’s Sept. 14 game against Northern Illinois will get a 7 p.m. kickoff on FS1.

Nebraska’s Oct. 5 homecoming game against Northwestern will get either a 2:30 or 3 p.m. kickoff — network not determined — while the Black Friday game against Iowa gets a throwback kickoff time of 1:30 p.m. on BTN.

The 1:30 start time was one of the preferred kickoff times for most Nebraska home games. The BTN assignment comes as Fox chose Texas Tech at Texas for its 11 a.m. game that day and the Apple Cup, Washington State at Washington, for 3 p.m. that day.

That leaves seven of Nebraska’s Big Ten games without kickoff times or networks, which is more than some Big Ten teams. Iowa, for example, has three extra league games scheduled because it plays Rutgers in week two and travels to Michigan and Northwestern for homecoming games, all of which were given kickoffs, if not networks.

The remainder of Nebraska’s kickoff times and network assignments, including for marquee home games against Ohio State and Wisconsin, will likely be announced two weeks from those games. In some cases a six-day window can be utilized, as well.

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Here’s the list of Nebraska’s announced game times:

Aug. 31: South Alabama, 11 a.m., ESPN

Sept. 7: at Colorado, 2:30 p.m., Fox

Sept. 14: Northern Illinois, 7 p.m., FS1

Oct. 5: Northwestern, 2:30/3 p.m., TBA

Nov. 29: Iowa, 1:30 p.m., BTN

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