March 8, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Two road visits to SEC schools Florida and Ole Miss, a home game with new Mountain West Conference member TCU, and a conference home game against long-time rival BYU, highlight Wyoming's 2005 football schedule, announced Tuesday by UW Athletics Director Gary Barta.
"I think the Mountain West Conference did a terrific job putting together the schedule considering all the variables," Barta said. "TCU joined the league, we eliminated two dates in October to accommodate Wyoming High School playoffs, and we requested not to play a home game after the second week of November. They considered all those factors.
"I like the fact that four out of five of our home games will be played by October 15th. That gives our fans the best chance to have good weather to travel to Laramie and see the Pokes play."
Barta indicated that game times and special days, including Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekends, would be announced at a later date.
The Cowboys will open their 11-game schedule on September 3, in Gainesville, Fla., against the Florida Gators of the SEC. Wyoming has not faced Florida since the 1951 season. The following week, September 10, UW will host Louisiana-Monroe, of the Sunbelt Conference, for the second consecutive season. The Pokes will then go back on the road for two weeks with their Mountain West Conference opener against Air Force on September 17, and a visit to Oxford, Miss., the following week for a rematch with SEC school Ole Miss.
Wyoming posted wins last season against three of its' first four opponents in 2005.
The Cowboys then return to Laramie for three straight home contests. The UNLV Rebels visit War Memorial Stadium on October 1, followed by a matchup with new MWC member TCU on October 8. UW last faced TCU when both were members of the WAC in 1998. The New Mexico Lobos round out the homestand on October 15.
Due to league realignment, Wyoming will again travel to Fort Collins for their matchup with Colorado State. The 97th edition of the "Border War" is scheduled for October 22.
Also for the second straight year the schedule features just one home game in November, BYU, on the 12th. Prior to that date the Cowboys will play at defending league champion and BCS participant Utah on November 5. UW will then close their regular season at San Diego State on November 19.
"This is a tough, challenging schedule for our team, but fan-friendly," Head Coach Joe Glenn said. "We will be tested on the road early and will be anxious to get to our three-game homestand. We love that our November 12th game versus rival-BYU will be on our new turf. Also, the open date might be timely to help us prepare for a late run, because there could be a lot riding on those final games."
The Cowboys will begin spring practice in preparation for the 2005 season on March 21. Spring training will conclude with the Spring Game on April 16.