What time do you like college football kickoffs?

Leading Off: In college football, times are changing

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 - 8:41 am

Major college football in Northern California hasn't always been an easy sell, though winning tends to help.

Now fans of Stanford, Cal and other Pacific-12 Conference schools are left to twist and turn when it comes to planning a Saturday college football outing. Gone is the decades-long tradition of 1 p.m. kickoffs, which allowed for late-morning tailgating, an afternoon of blocking and tackling, then home by dinner – generally preferred by alumni and well-past-college adults.

But the Stanford and Cal schedules are mostly filled with TBA – to be announced – game times, dictated by TV, which translates to cash flow and survival in big-time college athletics. And some of the kickoff times won't be announced until the week of a game.

Stanford, ranked fourth and seeking a fourth consecutive BCS bowl invitation, opens Sept. 7 against San Jose State at 8 p.m. Cal, with new coach Sonny Dykes and true-freshman quarterback Jared Goff, opens Aug. 31 in Berkeley against Northwestern at 7:30 p.m.

Some Old Blues have expressed dismay about the late start – even giving up their season tickets – because they don't want blue lips from the marine layer or to get home after midnight.

But money talks, and in major college football, green is mightier than blue.

What to do

Baseball, Pittsburgh at Giants, 7:15 p.m., AT&T Park: Can you think of a better way to spend a Friday evening?

Today's poll

What time do you like college football kickoffs?

• 1 p.m.

• 6 p.m. or later.

• Doesn't matter.

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Thursday's poll results

What should the Kings do with Jimmer Fredette?

• Keep him: 7%

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• Play him more: 28%

Total votes: 580

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