MWC Releases 2008 Conference Schedule

The following is a press release from BYU's athletics department. The Mountain West Conference has announced the conference schedule for the 2008 football season.

PROVO, Utah (April 1, 2008) -- The Mountain West Conference today announced the 2008 league football schedule, complete with broadcast plans and kick times for 10 of the Cougars' 12 games.

While starting times and broadcast plans have yet to be determined for both the Washington and Utah State games, BYU will make a total of 12 appearances on television again this season. BYU will appear on The Mtn. a total of seven times, with two games being broadcast on VERSUS and a single game on CBS College Sports Network.

BYU will also play 10 of its 12 games on Saturday, with the Utah State game being scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3 and the TCU game being slated for Thursday, Oct. 16.

"I glad to see we only have one Thursday game," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "I very appreciative of that. I also glad to see that we'll be here in Utah for five of the first six weeks of the season. That a great way to start the season."

The Cougars, who are likely to be ranked in the major, preseason national polls for the first time since the beginning of the 1997 season, will open the season on August 30 against powerhouse Northern Iowa. The Panthers posted an impressive 12-1 record during the 2007 season, including a streak of 12 straight wins before falling to eventual national runner-up Delaware in the Championship Subdivision playoffs. The win streak included a win over Iowa State from the Big-12. The Panthers held the No. 1 ranking for six straight weeks during the season and finished ranked No. 4 in the Championship Subdivision.

During the second week of the season, the Cougars will travel to Seattle, Wash., for the first time since 1998, taking on Washington at Husky Stadium. The two teams last met during the 1999 season with the Cougars claiming a 35-28 win over the Huskies in Provo. September 13 will mark the third game between BYU and UCLA in a total of 370 days. UCLA claimed a 27-17 win back on September 8 in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl, while the Cougars blocked a last-second field goal attempt to preserve a one-point victory over the Bruins in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Following the Cougars' Mountain West Conference opener against Wyoming on September 20 in Provo, the Cougars will enjoy a week off before returning to action on Friday, Oct. 3 at Utah State. Game time and broadcast plans from Romney Stadium in Logan have yet to be determined. In a rivalry that dates back to 1922, this game will mark the first time since 2002 the Cougars have played Utah State in Logan. The game will mark the 78th contest between the two schools.

After the Cougars host New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 11, a Thursday, Oct. 16 road trip to TCU will mark the team's first trip outside the state of Utah in over a month. BYU will return to Provo to face UNLV on October 25, followed by a road trip to Colorado State on November 1. The Cougars will play host to San Diego State on November 8 before heading back to the Front Range to take on Air Force at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs.

The Cougars will close out the regular season with the annual Deseret First Duel in Salt Lake City. The 84th official meeting between BYU and Utah will begin at 4 p.m. (MT) and will be broadcast on The Mtn.

Date Opponent Time Television
Aug. 30 Northern Iowa 4:00 p.m. The Mtn.
Sept. 6 at Washington TBA TBA
Sept. 13 UCLA 1:30 p.m. VERSUS
Sept. 20 Wyoming 1:00 p.m. The Mtn.
Sept. 27 Bye
Oct. 3 at Utah State TBA TBA
Oct. 11 New Mexico 4:00 p.m. The Mtn.
Oct. 16 at TCU 7:00 p.m. VERSUS
Oct. 25 UNLV 12:00 p.m. The Mtn.
Nov. 1 at Colorado State 4:00 p.m. The Mtn.
Nov. 8 San Diego State 12:00 p.m. The Mtn.
Nov. 15 at Air Force 1:30 p.m. CBS C
Nov. 22 at Utah 4:00 p.m. The Mtn.

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