Boise State’s Mountain West football schedules for 2013-16

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

The Mountain West released its football conference schedules for the next four seasons on Tuesday afternoon. The 2013 season is the league’s first with 12 teams and two divisions — Mountain and West.

Boise State is in the Mountain Division along with Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming. The West Division includes Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV.

Each team will play all five opponents in its division and three teams from the other division each season.

Complete Mountain West schedules

A look at Boise State’s future schedules:

2013
Home: Air Force, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming
Away: Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Utah State
Missed: Hawaii, San Jose State, UNLV
Non-conference: at Washington (Aug. 31), vs. Tennessee-Martin (Sept. 7), vs. Southern Miss (Sept. 28), at BYU (Oct. 26)

2014
Home: Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Utah State
Away: Air Force, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming
Missed: Hawaii, San Jose State, UNLV
Non-conference: vs. Ole Miss in Atlanta (Aug. 28), vs. BYU (Oct. 25)

2015
Home: Air Force, Hawaii, New Mexico, Wyoming
Away: Colorado State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State
Missed: Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State
Non-conference: at BYU (Sept. 12), vs. Washington (Sept. 19)

2016
Home: Colorado State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State
Away: Air Force, Hawaii, New Mexico, Wyoming
Missed: Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State
Non-conference: vs. Washington State (Sept. 10), at Oregon State (Sept. 24), vs. BYU (Oct. 15).

Two quick thoughts:
• Utah State — likely Boise State’s top rival in the Mountain Division — drew a more favorable cross-division schedule in 2013 (and 2014). In 2013, the Aggies play Hawaii (home), San Jose State (away) and UNLV (away) from the West Division. The Broncos, however, play Fresno State (away), Nevada (home) and San Diego State (away) from the West. Advantage, Aggies.

• I wonder if the release of these schedules will speed television negotiations for Boise State’s home football games. I was told this week that those negotiations are ongoing. Boise State football coach Chris Petersen alluded to those games being on ESPN last week.

Sports columnist Brian Murphy writes about all sports in the Treasure Valley with a concentration on Boise State football and men's basketball. Murph has been with the Statesman since 2005. You can follow him on Twitter @MurphsTurph.

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