By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football program added a home-and-home series with Connecticut and Louisiana (formerly Louisiana Lafayette) to its future schedules Wednesday.
The Broncos will play the Connecticut Huskies on Sept. 13, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn., and Sept. 8, 2018, in Boise. The Huskies have been part of the Big East but now are in the yet-to-be-named conference that Boise State nearly joined.
The Broncos will play the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns’ on Sept. 20, 2014, in Boise and on Sept. 3, 2016, in Lafayette, La. The Ragin Cajuns play in the Sun Belt.
The two series put Boise State within one game of finalizing its non-conference schedules through 2017. The Broncos need a home game in 2015.
The completed 2014 schedule includes games against Ole Miss in Atlanta and at UConn and home games against Louisiana and BYU. The Mountain West schedule that year features home games against Fresno State, San Diego State, Utah State and Colorado State and road games against Air Force, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming.
The 2016 and 2017 schedules also are complete (unless the Broncos decide to play a 13th game in 2016, because they play at Hawaii). In each season, the Broncos will play two BCS-conference teams, BYU and a Sun Belt team.
Connecticut went 5-7 each of the last two years but played in the Fiesta Bowl at the end of the 2010 season.
Louisiana went 9-4 last season and beat East Carolina in its bowl game. The Ragin’ Cajuns were 9-4 in 2011, beating San Diego State in the bowl.
Here’s what Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni said about the Boise State series: “College football fans around the country know all about Boise State and their tradition of competing as a perennial Top 25 team. We have built a very exciting schedule for our fans over the next several seasons and we look forward to their support of our Husky team.”
Here’s what Louisiana had to say about its series:
Athletic Director Scott Farmer: “We are always looking for a home-and-home series against a team that our fans will enjoy watching. To get a team like Boise State to visit speaks volumes about how far this program has come in recent years.”
Coach Mark Hudspeth (in his third year): “I like the direction that our schedule is going. It is great to play a program like Boise State anywhere, and it is even better to have a game scheduled at Cajun Field. It will be a great measuring stick for our program because Boise State has already built a national successful program similar to what we are seeking to accomplish.”
Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Athletic Director Mark Coyle are out of town and unavailable for comment.
Below are the non-conference games Boise State has scheduled. For 2015, the Broncos need a home game, likely against a lesser opponent — a team like Idaho would fit. Or the Broncos could go the FCS route. The problem is they can’t return the game in a home-and-home until likely 2019. The other years are full except for 2018, when the Broncos need a big-name road opponent to round out the schedule. That team isn’t likely to come to Boise in 2015.
at Washington (Aug. 31)
vs. Tennessee Martin (Sept. 7)
vs. Southern Miss (Sept. 28)
at BYU (Oct. 26)
MW home: Air Force, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming
MW road: Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Utah State
vs. Ole Miss in Atlanta (Thursday, Aug. 28)
at Connecticut (Sept. 13)
vs. Louisiana (Sept. 20)
vs. BYU (Oct. 25)
MW home: Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Utah State
MW road: Air Force, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming
at BYU (Sept. 12)
vs. Washington (Sept. 19)
at Virginia (Sept. 26)
MW home: Air Force, Hawaii, New Mexico, Wyoming
MW road: Colorado State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State
at Louisiana (Sept. 3)
vs. Washington State (Sept. 10)
at Oregon State (Sept. 24)
vs. BYU (Oct. 15)
MW home: Colorado State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State
MW road: Air Force, Hawaii, New Mexico, Wyoming
vs. Troy (Sept. 2)
at Washington State (Sept. 9)
vs. Virginia (Sept. 23)
at BYU (Oct. 7)
at Troy (Sept. 1)
vs. Connecticut (Sept. 8)
vs. BYU (Oct. 20)
at Florida State (Sept. 7)
at BYU (Oct. 12)
vs. Florida State (Sept. 12)
vs. BYU (Oct. 17)
at BYU (Oct. 9)
vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17)
vs. BYU (Oct. 8)
at Michigan State (Sept. 16)
at BYU (Oct. 14)