April 7, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Mountain West Conference and its television partners released the 2011 MWC television schedule on Thursday. Included with that TV schedule release were game times for all conference schools.
Wyoming will begin the 2011 season at home versus Weber State on Saturday, Sept. 3 with the game to kick off at 7 p.m. from Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The Wyoming Weber State game will be the only Cowboy home game in 2011 that will not be televised. All of Wyoming's home games in 2011 will be Saturday games. Wyoming will host Texas State on Sept. 10 in a game scheduled for 4 p.m. That game will be televised on The Mtn. The Nebraska-Wyoming game on Saturday, Sept. 24 will be televised on VERSUS, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The final three home games for the Cowboys versus UNLV (Oct. 15), TCU (Nov. 5) and New Mexico (Nov. 19) will all kick off at Noon and will all be televised on The Mtn.
Wyoming's road schedule will include non-conference trips to Bowling Green (Sept. 17) and Utah State (Oct. 8 at 6 p.m., Mountain Time). It is not known at this time if either the Bowling Green or Utah State games will be televised. Mountain West Conference road games will feature two Front Range games versus Air Force (Nov. 12 at Noon on The Mtn.) and Colorado State (Dec. 3 at Noon on The Mtn.) and trips to San Diego State (Oct. 29 at 8 p.m., Mountain Time on The Mtn.) and Boise State (Nov. 26 at Noon on The Mtn.).
The "Border War" game against Colorado State will be played in the month of December for the first time in the century-old series. This year's meeting will be the 103rd between the Cowboys and Rams.
University of Wyoming fans will have the opportunity to see some great college football in 2011 as Wyoming's schedule will feature the first-ever appearance by new Big Ten member Nebraska in Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium and an appearance by last year's Rose Bowl Champion TCU Horned Frogs in Laramie.
Wyoming and Nebraska have played five previous times in the two schools' histories, with all five previous meetings coming in Lincoln, Neb. The last meeting between the Cowboys and Huskers was in 1994, when Wyoming nearly pulled the upset of the Huskers before losing by a score of 32-42. Nebraska went on to win the National Championship that season.
TCU ended the 2010 season ranked No. 2 in both the Associated Press media poll and the USA Today Coaches' poll. The Horned Frogs of course defeated Wisconsin, 21-19, in the Rose Bowl to conclude last season. This will be TCU's final season in the Mountain West.
"I like the way the schedule lines up," said third-year head coach Dave Christensen. "We have two byes, which come at good times in the season -- one right after the Nebraska game and then the second bye comes right before we start the second half of the season.
" I'm pleased that for most of the season we don't have to play on the road in consecutive weeks, other than the final two games of the season at Boise State and at Colorado State. I really do like the way the games fall, and I think it might be the best schedule since we've been here."
In addition to playing in one of the strongest football conferences in the nation -- the Mountain West -- Wyoming continues to schedule many of the most prominent, non-conference opponents in college football.
"Without a doubt, the game that has Wyoming fans excited is the Nebraska game on Sept. 24," said UW Athletics Director Tom Burman. "I know Cowboy fans have been talking to me about this game for months, and we are very pleased to be able to bring the University of Nebraska to Laramie for the first time ever.
"I feel that this schedule has a good balance. It offers great games for our fans, a nice blend of regional teams with Nebraska, Utah State and Weber State, and I believe will give our team a chance to play a very competitive schedule."
The Mountain West Conference originally released the 2011 football schedule on Thursday, March 3 to allow MWC fans to make preliminary plans for the upcoming football season. The exact game times and television coverage of games were not known at that time as the Mountain West Conference and its television partners had not finalized the TV portion of the schedule. A select few game dates were moved from Saturdays to Thursday and Friday nights to accommodate television coverage. None of Wyoming's game dates were changed from the original schedule sent out in March.
The only way for fans to guarantee they get a ticket to the Wyoming-Nebraska game is to purchase a season ticket for the 2011 season. Season tickets went on sale Monday, Feb. 28. Renewals were also mailed to 2010 UW season-ticket holders on Feb. 28. After season-ticket renewals and new season-ticket purchases have been completed, only then would single-game Nebraska tickets be made available for purchase and they would be offered first to 2011 Cowboy Joe Club donors based on their giving level, second to new 2011 season-ticket purchasers and third to the general public.
The cost of renewing a season ticket for the 2011 Wyoming Football season for fans who purchased season tickets in 2010 is $175 per season ticket, which is a discount of $20 off the regular price. The 2011 season-ticket price for new (non-renewal) season tickets is $195 per season ticket. A season ticket guarantees a ticket to all six Wyoming home games in 2011, including the Nebraska game. Exact season-ticket seat locations will be based on the purchaser's 2011 Cowboy Joe Club giving level and/or priority-point total. Fans who already made a $100 deposit through UW Athletics for 2011 season tickets were invoiced for their remaining balance on Feb. 28.
UW faculty and staff members renewing season tickets from 2010 will pay $148 each for 2011 season tickets. The price for UW faculty and staff members who are purchasing new season tickets will be $165 each. Fans may also purchase a season-ticket Family Plan. Each season ticket in a Family Plan sells for $125 with a required minimum purchase of four tickets for a total of $500 for a Family Plan of four season tickets. Family Plans include two adult tickets, two youth tickets (ages 3-18) and are limited to Sections 28 and HH.
Wyoming fans are encouraged to renew their season tickets online at www.WyomingAthletics.com. One of the best incentives for renewing online is a great offer from the Cowboy Joe Club. The CJC is offering members five priority points for renewing online.
Fans, who have questions or need additional information on purchasing tickets for 2011 Wyoming football games, may call the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or 307-766-4850, or visit www.WyomingAthletics.com.