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Thursday, March 10, 2011
ASU-Missouri go for 'Friday Night Lights'

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Missouri's visit to Arizona State, which should match nationally ranked teams, has been moved to Sept. 9 and will be broadcast on ESPN at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The kicker: That's a Friday night, a day earlier than the game's original date.

It will be the first time the Sun Devils have played on a Friday night.

Why the move? According to the press release, the game "will be the only televised game on Friday, Sept. 9 in that time slot, giving ASU unequalled exposure on that date."

A game featuring Louisville and Florida International will precede the ASU game on ESPN.

The release also noted that Pac-12 deputy commissioner and COO Kevin Weiberg "has spoken with the leadership of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) about the date change to Friday night," which would conflict with local high school football.

The Sun Devils, the favorites in the Pac-12 South Division, open their season on Sept. 1 vs. UC Davis.