March 1, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
College football teams will be returning to practice fields for the start of spring drills later this month, and with the start of spring practice also comes the announcement of 2006 college football schedules.
For University of Wyoming Football fans, the Cowboys' 2006 schedule is one that should have Poke fans eager for the start of the `06 campaign. Wyoming's schedule will feature six home games, highlighted by Mountain West Conference meetings versus longtime rivals Air Force, Colorado State, San Diego State and Utah. The two non-conference home games will bring Rocky Mountain-area opponents Utah State and Boise State to Laramie -- both the Aggies and Broncos are members of the Western Athletic Conference. Utah State will be UW's season-opening opponent on Saturday, Sept. 2. Boise State will visit Laramie on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Wyoming's five-game road schedule will be highlighted by the Cowboys' first-ever meeting against the University of Virginia on Saturday, Sept. 9 in Charlottesville, Va. That game will also mark only the fourth time Wyoming has played a current member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Wyoming holds a 3-0 record versus current ACC members. The Cowboys defeated N.C. State (26-0) in 1959 in Raleigh, N.C., and followed that with a second win over the Wolfpack (15-14) in 1961 in Laramie. Wyoming also defeated current ACC member Florida State in the 1966 Sun Bowl by a score of 28-20.
The series with the Virginia Cavaliers is a home-and-home series. The Cavaliers are scheduled to open Wyoming's home schedule in the fall of 2007.
All six of Wyoming's home games in 2006 will be played on Saturdays. The conference schedule will begin at home on Saturday, Sept. 23 versus Air Force. UW will host Utah on Saturday, Oct. 14 followed the next week with the 98th edition of "The Border War" versus Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 21. Wyoming's only home game in the month of November will be the first Saturday in November (Nov. 4) against San Diego State.
In additon to the non-conference matchup at Virginia, the Cowboys will play four conference road games in 2006. Those MWC road contests will be played at New Mexico (Oct. 7), at TCU (Oct. 28), at BYU (Nov. 9) and at UNLV (Nov. 18). The game versus BYU in Provo will be Wyoming's lone Thursday night contest.
"I feel like this is the best schedule we've had since my staff has been here," said UW head football coach Joe Glenn."It's fan-friendly, player-friendly and competitive. I couldn't be more excited about it. We're 184 days and a wakeup from kickoff on Sept. 2, so you can tell we're looking forward to the upcoming season."
"I believe this is one of the best schedules the University of Wyoming has offered its fans in a long, long time," said University of Wyoming Athletics Director Gary Barta. "In terms of competitiveness, in terms of the mix of opponents we have coming to Laramie versus who we'll play on the road, I'm excited in the way this schedule has come together. We play six teams that appeared in bowl games last season, and our fans can see three of those bowl teams right here on Jonah Field. In terms of our home schedule, we have six home games including two against two of our biggest rivals in CSU and Air Force.
"I also like our mix of non-conference opponents. The new series with Virginia is an exciting addition. They are coming off a big bowl victory over a Big Ten opponent, in Minnesota, and the fact that they are coming to Laramie a year from now makes it a very attractive series. We're also excited to bring a couple of regional teams to Laramie in Utah State and Boise State. I think it's good for us to develop some series with teams in our region that our fans don't get to see on a regular basis.
"This schedule gives us a good balance in that we have three home games in September, only one home game in November -- on the first weekend of November -- and the only time we play consecutive games on the road are the final two weeks of the season."
Wyoming will face six opponents that appeared in bowl games at the conclusion of the 2005 season. Virginia defeated Minnesota, 34-31, in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. Boise State lost to Boston College, 21-27, in the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Brigham Young lost to California, 28-35, in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl. Colorado State lost to Navy, 30-51, in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego. TCU defeated Iowa State, 27-24, in the EV1.net Houston Bowl, and Utah captured the Emerald Bowl championship over Georgia Tech, 38-10, in San Francisco.
As a member of the Mountain West Conference, Wyoming will be entering into a new televsion relationship with CSTV (College Sports Television) this coming fall. The television portion of the 2006 football schedule, along with game times, will be released jointly by CSTV and Mountain West Conference member institutions later in the spring, but much sooner than the previous summer release schedule associated with the MWC's previous television agreement.
One change in 2006 is the fact that the NCAA is allowing NCAA Division IA football programs to play a 12-game regular-season schedule. Division IA teams have traditionally played 11-game schedules in the regular-season. While the NCAA is not mandating 12-game schedules, they are giving institutions the choice of playing 12.
"This season NCAA Division IA football programs are allowed to play a 12-game schedule," said UW Athletics Director Gary Barta. "As we looked at our options of scheduling a 12th game, we wanted to do what was right for our program competitively. We did have opportunities to play other BCS schools on the road, however, with us already playing a very good Virginia program on the road we had to take into consideration whether playing two BCS conference schools away from Laramie in the same season was what was best for the overall success of our football program.
"We do still have an open date on Sept. 30, and if the right situation arises for adding a 12th game, we will consider that. But the schedule we have right now is one we are very pleased with."
"Last year, we played at Florida and at Ole Miss," said head coach Glenn. "I don't think we want to add another BCS road game this season. It's not what we feel is best for our players or our program. There are still some NCAA I-AA programs looking for games, and we've extended them pretty sweet offers. Those are still under consideration, but if another non-conference game doesn't come about, it may actually be an advantage in that it may allow our team to be a little bit fresher as we head into conference play."
Head coach Joe Glenn will welcome back 15 starters and 46 lettermen when the Cowboys begin Spring Football Practice on Monday, March 20. The Cowboys will have scrimmages on Saturday, April 1 and Thursday, April 13.
2006 University of Wyoming Football Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Opponent's 2005 Record/(Postseason)||Wyoming's Series Record Versus|
|Sat., Sept. 2||UTAH STATE||3-8, 2-6 Tie 6th in WAC||61st Meeting (Wyoming trails 22-34-4)|
|Sat., Sept. 9||at Virginia||7-5, 3-5 5th in ACC Coastal Division (Defeated Minnesota, 34-31, in Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in Nashville)||First Meeting|
|Sat., Sept. 16||BOISE STATE||9-4, 7-1 Tie 1st in WAC (Lost to Boston College, 21-27, in the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho)||Third Meeting (Wyoming trails 0-2)|
|Sat., Sept. 23||AIR FORCE*||4-7, 3-5 7th in MWC||45th Meeting (Wyoming trails 20-21-3)|
|Sat., Sept. 30||BYE WEEK|
|Sat., Oct. 7||at New Mexico*||6-5, 4-4 Tie 4th in MWC||59th Meeting (Wyoming leads 31-27-0)|
|Sat., Oct. 14||UTAH*||7-5, 4-4 Tie 4th in MWC/(Defeated Georgia Tech, 38-10, in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco)||79th Meeting (Wyoming trails 30-47-1)|
|Sat., Oct. 21||COLORADO STATE*||6-6, 5-3 Tie 2nd in MWC/(Lost to Navy, 30-51, in San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl)||98th Meeting (Wyoming trails 39-53-5)|
|Sat., Oct. 28||at TCU*||11-1, 8-0 1st in MWC/(Defeated Iowa State, 27-24, in EV1.net Houston Bowl)||Third Meeting (Series tied at 1-1)|
|Sat., Nov. 4||SAN DIEGO STATE*||5-7, 4-4 Tie 4th in MWC||28th Meeting (Wyoming leads 14-13-0)|
|Thu., Nov. 9||at Brigham Young*||6-6, 5-3 T2nd in MWC/(Lost to California, 28-35, in Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl)||73rd Meeting (Wyoming trails 30-39-3)|
|Sat., Nov. 18||at UNLV*||2-9, 1-7 9th in MWC||15th Meeting (Wyoming trails 6-8-0)|
HOME GAMES IN CAPS AND BOLD
*Indicates Mountain West Conference games