Gophers get at least 3 night games in 2018

Published 8:46 pm Thursday, May 31, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota will play at least three football games at night this season, beginning with the first two nonconference contests.

The Big Ten announced on Thursday a series of start times for the 2018 schedule, with the Gophers opening the season against New Mexico State at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. They will host Fresno State at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 and Miami of Ohio at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 15.

The homecoming game against Iowa will be played on Oct. 6 at either 2:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. The Gophers have another kickoff under the lights against Indiana on Friday night, Oct. 26.

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Start times have yet to be set for Minnesota’s five road games and home games against Purdue and Northwestern on Nov. 10 and Nov. 17.