LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming announced its 2016 football schedule on Wednesday in connection with the Mountain West Conference release of the 2016 conference schedule. Wyoming will open the season at home against Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) on Sat., Sept. 3. The Mountain West Conference teams that will play in Laramie in 2016 include: Air Force (Sat., Oct. 8), Boise State (Sat., Oct. 29), Utah State (Sat., Nov. 5) and San Diego State (Sat., Nov. 19). A non-conference home game versus UC Davis on Sat., Sept. 17 rounds out the six-game home package.
Tickets to 2016 Wyoming home games may be purchased by going online at GoWyo.com/tickets or by calling the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-WYO-FAN1 (1-877-996-3261).
The game dates released on Wednesday by the Mountain West are still subject to change by MW national television partners CBS Sports Network and ESPN which may shift a select number of games to Thursday or Friday night games. Those selections will be announced at a later date.
Wyoming's season-opening opponent Northern Illinois was the MAC West Division Champion last season and appeared in the MAC Championship game against Bowling Green. NIU earned a bid to the 2016 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, where they lost to Boise State. This year's meeting between Wyoming and Northern Illinois will be the first meeting in history between the two teams. It will be Hall of Fame Weekend at Wyoming, with induction of the 24th class into the UW Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night.
The second week of the season, Wyoming will travel to Lincoln, Neb., on Sept. 10 to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Wyoming's last trip to Lincoln in 2013 saw the Cowboys battle the Huskers down to the wire before falling by three points, 34-37. This year's meeting will be the eighth in the series between Wyoming and Nebraska.
Wyoming will return home on Sat., Sept. 17 to host the UC Davis Aggies. Several special events are planned for that weekend, including Celebrate Energy Day, Fanfest and the Buddy Walk. Like its meeting with Northern Illinois, Wyoming will be playing UC Davis for the first time in history. The Aggies are a member of the Big Sky Conference.
The next two weeks of the season will see the Cowboys play their only consecutive road games of 2016. On Sept. 24, the Pokes will face their second Mid-American Conference opponent of the season as they travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., to face the Eastern Michigan Eagles.
The Cowboys will open Mountain West Conference play at rival Colorado State the following week on Oct. 1. It will mark the 108th meeting in the "Border War" series. The two rivals don't often play this early in the season. In fact, it will be the earliest meeting for the Cowboys and Rams since the 2001 season when they played on Sept. 29.
Wyoming's first conference home game of 2016 will feature Air Force, as the Falcons come to War Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8. That game will be Military Appreciation Day at Wyoming, and will mark the halfway point in the season.
After a bye week on Oct. 15, the Cowboys will travel to Reno, Nev., to face the Nevada Wolf Pack on Sat., Oct. 22. In 2015, Wyoming defeated the Wolf Pack by a score of 28-21 in Laramie.
The only consecutive home games of the season will follow as UW will host Boise State on Oct. 29 and Utah State on Nov. 5.
Wyoming will make a road trip to Las Vegas to face UNLV on Nov. 12. Wyoming concluded the 2015 season with a 35-28 home win over the Rebels.
Defending Mountain West Champion San Diego State will play in Laramie on Nov. 19. That game will feature two of the nation's top returning running backs in 2015 Doak Walker semifinalist Brian Hill of Wyoming and 2015 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year Donnel Pumphrey of San Diego State. Hill finished the 2015 season ranked No. 8 in the nation in rushing yards (135.9 per game) and Pumphrey ranked No. 14 (118.1 yards per game).
The regular season will conclude for Wyoming in Albuquerque, N.M., where they will play the New Mexico Lobos on Nov. 26.
The Mountain West Conference Championship Game will be played on Sat., Dec. 3 at the home stadium of the highest-ranked Mountain West divisional champion.
2016 University of Wyoming Football Schedule
Date Opponent (Special Events) Time (M.T.) Television
Sat., Sept. 3 NORTHERN ILLINOIS (Hall of Fame Weekend) TBA TBA
Sat., Sept. 10 at Nebraska TBA TBA
Sat., Sept. 17 UC DAVIS (Celebrate Energy Day/Fanfest/Buddy Walk) TBA TBA
Sat., Sept. 24 at Eastern Michigan TBA TBA
Sat., Oct. 1 at Colorado State* TBA TBA
Sat., Oct. 8 AIR FORCE* (Military Appreciation Day) TBA TBA
Sat., Oct. 15 BYE Week
Sat., Oct. 22 at Nevada* TBA TBA
Sat., Oct. 29 BOISE STATE* TBA TBA
Sat., Nov. 5 UTAH STATE* TBA TBA
Sat., Nov. 12 at UNLV* TBA TBA
Sat., Nov. 19 SAN DIEGO STATE* TBA TBA
Sat., Nov. 26 at New Mexico* TBA TBA
Sat., Dec. 3 Mountain West Championship Game+ TBA TBA
BOLD AND CAPS Indicate Home games Games are tentative and subject to change. Game times and Televising Networks will be announced at future dates Other Special Events at Wyoming home games, such as Homecoming, will be announced when determined
*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.