Laramie, Wyo. -- The 2008 Mountain West Conference football schedule has been released, and the Cowboys now know when they'll be facing each of the league's eight other teams.
For only the second time in school history, Wyoming will play seven home games. The only previous time the Cowboys hosted seven games was in 1990, Paul Roach's final year as head coach, when they put together a 6-1 record at home.
Among this year's slate of home games will be contests versus Air Force, Utah, San Diego State and archrival Colorado State.
The 2008 meeting against CSU will be the 100th edition of the "Border War" rivalry versus the Rams. The CSU game will conclude the ‘08 schedule on Saturday, Nov. 22 in Laramie and will be televised live on The Mtn (The Mountain West Sports Network).
UW will open the season at home versus Ohio University on Saturday, Aug. 30 at noon. The season opener will be televised on The Mtn. The Cowboys will open up Mountain West Conference play the very next weekend, also at home, against Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m. The Air Force game will be televised on CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV). Conference game dates, game times and television broadcasts were determined by the Mountain West Conference and its television partners. All of Wyoming's 12 games in 2008 will be played on Saturdays.
The Cowboys' other non-conference home games will be against North Dakota State (Sept. 13) and against Bowling Green (Sept. 27).
Wyoming will host Utah on Oct. 11 and San Diego State on Nov.1.
The Cowboys' one non-conference road game will be played at Tennessee on Nov. 8. The Volunteers are coming off a 2007 season that saw them finish 10-4 overall and win the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division Championship with a 6-2 mark. Tennessee defeated Wisconsin, 21-17, to capture the Outback Bowl Championship.
Mountain West Conference road games will include a Sept. 20 meeting versus BYU in Provo, an Oct. 4 game at New Mexico, an Oct. 25 trip to TCU and a Nov. 15 game at UNLV.
"This is as good a schedule as we've had since I've been at Wyoming," said UW head football coach Joe Glenn. "We play seven home games, which gives our fans a great chance to see the Cowboys play in War Memorial Stadium -- seven at 7,220. All of our home games are on Saturday afternoons, and that is fantastic for our fans. I think that is when college football should be played. We begin the season at home and begin conference play at home. And I love finishing the season at home with our rival, Colorado State.
"Our team can't wait, and I know our fans will be out in force on Aug. 30 to kick off the season."
The season opener against Ohio on Aug. 30 will be a rematch of one of the most exciting games from last year. A year ago in Athens, Ohio, the Wyoming and Ohio game went down to the wire with Wyoming scoring the winning touchdown with 2:02 remaining to capture a 34-33 road win.
The North Dakota State Bison, Wyoming's opponent on Sept. 13, held the No. 1 ranking in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly NCAA Division I-AA, for seven weeks before losing their final game of the year, finishing with a 10-1 record in 2007. The Bison concluded the season ranked No. 9 in the FCS national polls. NDSU captured a road win at Big Ten member Minnesota, by a score of 27-21, last season. The Bison also defeated Central Michigan on the road by a score of 44-14. Central Michigan went on to win the Mid-American Conference Championship before losing to Purdue, 48-51, in the Motor City Bowl.
The Cowboys' meeting with Bowling Green on Sept. 27 will be the first between the two schools. Bowling Green concluded its 2007 season with an 8-5 record and an appearance in the GMAC Bowl versus Tulsa. For Bowling Green, it marked the third bowl game for the Falcons in the last five seasons. They also played in the 2003 Motor City Bowl in Detroit, Mich., and the 2004 GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The head coach at Bowling Green is former University of Wyoming assistant coach Gregg Brandon, who coached at Wyoming from 1987-90 under Roach.
This year's appearance by Ohio in Laramie will mark the conclusion of a two-game, home-and-home series between the two schools. The Bowling Green series is the beginning of a two-game, home-and-home series. Wyoming will play at Bowling Green in 2009. The North Dakota State game is a single game contract between the Cowboys and Bison.
UW's one non-conference road game versus the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, Tenn. will mark the end of a three-game contract between the Cowboys and Volunteers. Wyoming played in Knoxville back in 1999 against the then defending National Champion Vols. In the 2002 season, Wyoming sold its home game against Tennessee to the Nashville Sports Authority and played the game in Nashville's Titan Stadium, home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
Wyoming's 2008 schedule includes two teams that concluded the 2007 season ranked in the Top 25 -- Tennessee (No. 12) and BYU (No. 14) -- and seven bowl teams from a year ago -- non-conference opponents Bowling Green and Tennessee and MWC foes Air Force, BYU, New Mexico, TCU and Utah.
At least nine of the Cowboys' 12 games in 2008 will be televised with a possibility of 10 television games, depending on whether the Tennessee game is picked up by the SEC's television partners.
2008 University of Wyoming Football Schedule
Sat., Aug. 30 OHIO Noon The Mtn.
Sat., Sept. 6 AIR FORCE* 1:30 p.m. CBS C
Sat., Sept. 13 NORTH DAKOTA STATE 1:00 p.m. No TV
Sat., Sept. 20 at BYU* 1:00 p.m. The Mtn.
Sat., Sept. 27 BOWLING GREEN 2:00 p.m. The Mtn.
Sat., Oct. 4 at New Mexico* 7:30 p.m. The Mtn.
Sat., Oct. 11 UTAH* Noon The Mtn.
Sat., Oct. 18 Bye Week
Sat., Oct. 25 at TCU* 4:00 p.m. The Mtn.
Sat., Nov. 1 SAN DIEGO STATE* Noon The Mtn.
Sat., Nov. 8 at Tennessee TBA TBA
Sat., Nov. 15 at UNLV* 2:00 p.m. No TV
Sat., Nov. 22 COLORADO STATE* Noon The Mtn.
HOME GAMES IN CAPS AND BOLD
All games times listed are Mountain Time
*Indicates Mountain West Conference games
CBS C stands for CBS College Sports Network (Formerly CSTV)
The Mtn. stands for The Mountain West Sports Network
2008 Wyoming Football Schedule
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