March 20, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Football schedule for 2007 will be a historic one. For only the second time in UW history, the Cowboys will host a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in Laramie when the University of Virginia Cavaliers open Wyoming's schedule on Saturday, Sept. 1. The other historic event on UW's 2007 schedule will mark a return to tradition -- a tradition of playing archrival Colorado State the last game of the season. Not since 2000 have the Cowboys and Rams played each other in the regular-season finale. Wyoming will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., to play CSU on Friday, Nov. 23 -- the day after Thanksgiving -- in a game to kick off at noon. This year will be the 99th meeting in the "Border War" rivalry.
Other than Virginia, the only other ACC school to visit War Memorial Stadium was North Carolina State back in 1961 in a game the Cowboys won by a score of 15-14. Last year, Virginia and Wyoming played for the first time in the two schools' histories. The game went to overtime with UVa. capturing a 13-12 win in Charlottesville, Va.
Wyoming's other non-conference home game will see Utah State travel to War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8. It will be the 62nd meeting between the Cowboys and Aggies, and will mark the second consecutive season Utah State will play in Laramie.
Conference play will begin for UW on Saturday, Oct. 6 when Mountain West rival TCU travels to Wyoming. The other three conference home games will feature New Mexico (on Saturday, Oct. 13), UNLV (on Saturday, Oct. 27) and BYU (on Saturday, Nov. 17).
Wyoming's schedule includes three teams that concluded the 2006 season ranked in the Top 25 -- Boise State, BYU and TCU -- and six bowl teams from a year ago -- non-conference opponents Boise State and Ohio and MWC foes BYU, New Mexico, TCU and Utah.
"I'm excited about our schedule, and I love opening the season at home," said UW head football coach Joe Glenn. "I know our fans will be excited that we begin the season with a BCS conference school (Virginia) playing in War Memorial. We had a whale of a game with them last year, and it should be a great game again this year in Laramie.
"It's nice to have an open week before we begin conference play against TCU here at home, and it's always exciting to have a rival like BYU come to town.
"I've always loved the tradition of rivalries, and I think it's great to be playing our archrival, Colorado State, the last game of the season. We won't need any Knute Rockne speeches for those last two games. Our players know what those two rivalries (BYU and CSU) mean to our program and our fans.
"Coming off a third-place finish in the Mountain West last season, we are looking forward to taking another step forward and seeing our program come of age."
For Wyoming Football fans, the Cowboys' 2007 schedule is one that should have fans eager for the start of the `07 campaign. Wyoming's schedule will feature three home games against teams that participated in bowl games a year ago. BYU defeated Oregon, 38-8, to win the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl. TCU captured the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl championship, defeating Northern Illinois 37-7. New Mexico participated in the first-ever New Mexico bowl, losing to San Jose State by a score of 38-8. Both BYU and TCU ended the `06 season ranked in the Top 25. BYU was ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Media Poll and No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, while TCU was ranked No. 22 by AP and No. 21 by USA Today.
Wyoming's six-game road schedule will be highlighted by the Cowboys' traveling to Boise State on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Broncos concluded the 2006 season defeating Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl by a score of 43-42. That win in a BCS game earned Boise State a No. 5 final ranking by AP and a No. 6 ranking in the final USA Today Coaches' Poll.
The other non-conference opponent for UW in 2007 will be Ohio University of Athens, Ohio. Wyoming and Ohio will be playing for the first time in the two schools' histories. Ohio won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division last season, posting a 9-5 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark. Ohio played in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala., losing to Southern Mississippi by a score of 28-7. Ohio is coached by former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich.
MWC foe Utah is the sixth Wyoming opponent in 2007 that earned a 2006 bowl bid. The Utes defeated Tulsa, 25-13, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. Wyoming and Utah will be facing each other for the 80th time when the 2007 meeting occurs on Nov. 10 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
All six of Wyoming's home games in 2007 will be played on Saturdays, and all will kick off at noon, Mountain Time.
Five of Wyoming's six road games will also be Saturday games with the only exception being the CSU game the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Ten of the Cowboys 12 games in 2007 will be televised by one of the Mountain West Conference television partners --either CSTV, The Mtn. or Versus.
This season is the second year that the NCAA is allowing NCAA Division IA football programs to play a 12-game regular-season schedule. Prior to the 2006 season, Division IA teams traditionally played 11-game schedules in the regular-season.
Head coach Joe Glenn will welcome back 14 starters and 44 lettermen for the 2007 season. Wyoming concluded the 2006 season with a 6-6 overall record and a 5-3 MWC mark, tying with Utah for third place in the MWC race. That was the highest conference finish for a Cowboy team in the eight seasons of the Mountain West Conference.