*Courtesy University of Wyoming Athletics Media and Public Relations
Laramie, Wyo. (Feb. 20, 2014) -- Wyoming Cowboy football fans can look forward to three home games in the first four weeks of the 2014 college football season as head coach Craig Bohl and his staff begin a new era of Cowboy Football. The schedule announcement came on Thursday in connection with the release of the Mountain West Conference schedule by the conference office.
Game times and television coverage will be announced at future dates. The Mountain West’s national television partners, CBS Sports Network and ESPN, will now begin the process of selecting games for television. As part of that process, some games currently scheduled for Saturdays may be shifted to Thursdays or Fridays. Regional television partners ROOT SPORTS and the Mountain West Network powered by Campus Insiders will also continue to be involved in coverage of Wyoming and MW football games.
The Cowboys will kick off the season on Saturday, Aug. 30 versus Montana in War Memorial Stadium. The following Saturday, Sept. 6, the Cowboys will open conference play, hosting the Air Force Falcons in the 53rd meeting in the Front Range rivalry. The Cowboys will travel to Eugene, Ore. in week three for a Saturday, Sept. 13 meeting with the Oregon Ducks, who ended last season ranked No. 9 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. That game will mark the first meeting ever between the Cowboys and Ducks in football. The Pokes’ third home game of the month will feature Florida Atlantic traveling to Laramie on Saturday, Sept. 20. September will conclude with the Cowboys playing at Michigan State on Saturday, Sept. 27 against a Spartan team than concluded the 2013 season ranked No. 3 in the final AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls.
The first of two bye weeks will begin the month of October. Wyoming will return to action on Oct. 11 when the Cowboys will make their first trip to Hawai’i since 1997 when both teams were members of the Western Athletic Conference. UW will host its lone home game in October on Saturday, Oct. 18 versus San Jose State. That will be followed by road trips to Colorado State on Oct. 25 and Fresno State on Nov. 1. The Cowboys and Rams will be playing the “Border War” for the 106th time in the two schools’ histories.
Utah State comes to Laramie on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Cowboys and Aggies renewed their long-time rivalry a year ago in Logan, Utah. This year’s game will be the 65th meeting, which is the fifth longest rivalry for the Cowboys behind only Colorado State (105 meetings), Utah (83), BYU (77) and New Mexico (66). Wyoming will have its second bye week on Nov. 15 followed by its final home game of the season versus Boise State on Nov. 22. The Cowboys will closeout the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 29 at New Mexico.
This year’s Mountain West Conference Championship Game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest national ranking.
For the second season, the Mountain West football membership will include: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV in the West Division.
Each of the 12 Mountain West football teams conference schedules feature eight conference games, with five of those games coming against the teams in each school’s division and the other three games being played against teams from the Mountain West’s other division.
As a member of the “Mountain Division”, Wyoming will play Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico and Utah State every season, and will play three games versus teams from the “West Division”. Wyoming’s three “West Division” foes for the 2014 season will be Fresno State, Hawai’i and San Jose State.
Each institution will play four home and four road conference games each season, and will play every Mountain West opponent home and away during each four-year cycle.
Intra-divisional opponents will alternate sites annually (three home/two away or two home/three away). The three cross-divisional opponents will be the same in each two-year period, with the site alternating from Year 1 to Year 2. The three cross-divisional opponents who are missed initially will appear on the schedule in the second two years of the cycle
2014 Wyoming Football Schedule
Sat., Aug. 30 MONTANA
Sat., Sept. 6 AIR FORCE*
Sat., Sept. 13 at Oregon
Sat., Sept. 20 FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Sat., Sept. 27 at Michigan State
Sat., Oct. 4 OPEN
Sat., Oct. 11 at Hawai’i*
Sat., Oct. 18 SAN JOSE STATE*
Sat., Oct. 25 at Colorado State*
Sat., Nov. 1 at Fresno State*
Sat., Nov. 8 UTAH STATE*
Sat., Nov. 15 OPEN
Sat., Nov. 22 BOISE STATE*
Sat., Nov. 29 at New Mexico*
Sat., Dec. 6 Inaugural Mountain West Championship Game
ALL DATES ARE TENTATIVE, SATURDAY GAMES MAY LATER BE MOVED TO THURSDAYS OR FRIDAYS FOR TELEVISION COVERAGE
*Indicates Mountain West Conference games
+The Mountain West Football Championship Game will be played at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest national ranking.
Television coverage and game times will be announced at future dates.