By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Boise State added a home-and-home series with Oklahoma State to its future football schedules Friday.
The Broncos will play in Stillwater, Okla., on Sept. 15, 2018. The Cowboys will visit Bronco Stadium on Sept. 18, 2021.
The deal completes Boise State’s 2018 schedule with home games against Connecticut and BYU and road games at Troy and Oklahoma State.
In fact, Boise State’s schedule is full through 2018 except for a home game in 2015 and a possible 13th game in 2016 (Hawaii exception).
Of the 29 non-conference games Boise State has booked for 2014 and beyond, 25 are against teams currently in BCS conferences or BYU.
BCS teams coming to Boise include Washington (2015), Washington State (2016), Virginia (2017), Connecticut (2018), Florida State (2020), Oklahoma State (2021) and Michigan State (2022).
Only three BCS teams have played regular-season games at Bronco Stadium in the past — Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to bring Oklahoma State to Bronco Stadium,” Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “Boise State has proven it will play high-level competition, but our goal is to continue to schedule home-and-home series, so Bronco Nation has the opportunity to see these games in Boise.”
Oklahoma State has won 49 games in the past five seasons, ninth most in the nation. Boise State is tied for the lead with 61.
“It’s a good non-conference matchup for both of us,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said in a statement. “It gives us each a quality opponent out of conference play, which is ultimately going to factor in when we get to the four-team playoff.”
Also Friday, CBS Sports Network picked up four Boise State games. Read about that here.
The Oklahoma State contract includes a $1 million buyout. Here are the buyouts for most of Boise State’s upcoming home-and-home series:
Oklahoma State: $1 million
Connecticut: $1 million
Louisiana: $1 million
Troy: $1 million
Washington: $2 million
Michigan State: $2 million
Florida State: $1 million ($2 million if canceled within 12 months of a scheduled game; that gives the Seminoles a 5-day window after the first game to cancel the Boise game at the lower rate)
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)
at Oklahoma State (Sept. 15)
vs. BYU (Oct. 20)
at Florida State (Sept. 7)
at BYU (Oct. 12)
vs. Florida State (Sept. 12)
vs. BYU (Oct. 17)
vs. Oklahoma State (Sept. 18)
at BYU (Oct. 9)
vs. Michigan State (Sept. 17)
vs. BYU (Oct. 8)
at Michigan State (Sept. 16)
at BYU (Oct. 14)