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Arizona State game to air on ROOT, start at 1:30

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TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24:  Cameron Marshall #6  of the Arizona State Sun Devils scores a touchdown against the University of Southern California Trojans at Sun Devil Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Cameron Marshall #6 of the Arizona State Sun Devils scores a touchdown against the University of Southern California Trojans at Sun Devil Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Though the importance of this game will obviously depend on what happens this Saturday, potentially the biggest Pac-12 South game of the season has been set for a 1:30 start on ROOT television. 

The afternoon start for a huge home game might bring back instant nightmares of last year's TCU debacle - another afternoon game later in the season that, unfortunately, turned ugly. 

Or maybe I'm the only one who instantly thought of that performance when I heard the start time.

Regardless, I am disappointed in the start time and where the game will air. It's becoming less and less likely, especially with mostly losing programs remaining on the conference schedule, that Utah will have one of its conference games covered by either ESPN or ABC. The Colorado game is also scheduled for ROOT. 

Arizona State, I thought, anyway, would be Utah's best shot at getting on legitimate national television with the possibility of it pitting two ranked teams vying for a division championship. I guess I was wrong.