Clemson football fans will have to get up early to start the 2017 season.
ESPN released kickoff times for much of opening weekend, and the Tigers’ Sept. 2 meeting with Kent State found its way into a noon time slot. It’s only the second time Clemson opened before 1 p.m. since 2003.
Clemson almost always has played in early evening or primetime games to start the season. In 2015 the Tigers had a 12:30 p.m. game against Wofford, but only two other openers since 2003 began before 5 p.m.
Kent State is coming off a 3-9 season in Paul Haynes’ fourth season. The Golden Flashes haven’t beaten a Power Conference team since 2012.
Thursday, Aug. 31
Ohio State at Indiana, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, Sept. 1
Utah State at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, Sept. 2
Akron at Penn State, noon (ABC)
Kent State at Clemson, noon (ESPN)
N.C. State vs. South Carolina (in Charlotte), 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Florida vs. Michigan (in Arlington, Texas), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Appalachian State at Georgia, 6:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Alabama vs. Florida State (in Atlanta), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Brigham Young vs. LSU (in Houston), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Sept. 3
South Carolina State at Southern, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia (in Landover, Md.), 7:30 p.m. (ABC)
Monday, Sept. 4
Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee (in Atlanta), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, Sept. 9
Oklahoma at Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. (ABC)
Saturday, Sept. 16
Miami (Fla.) at Florida State, 8 p.m. (ABC)