EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 2: Michigan State Spartans mascot Sparty pumps up the crowd during a NCAA Football game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Spartan Stadium on September 2, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Sparteans won 28-6 (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Looks like the Cowboys have added another game a future schedule. FBSchedules.Com noticed that Michigan State updated their future schedules in their 2012 Media Guide. In 2014 it has Wyoming traveling to East Lansing to face the Spartans on September 20th. The Spartans are also scheduled to play Eastern Michigan on that same date. One of the games will likely be moved back a week to the 27th.
Back in 1976 and 77 the Pokes back to back trips to East Lansing; losing both contests. There was no indications of this being a 1-1 series or a even a 2-1. Wyoming has done a great job of working deals with larger school that involve them playing in Laramie once. Texas and Nebraska have both played in War Memorial in recent years. Oregon is scheduled to come in 2017 and Missouri in 2018.
Hosting Michigan State may not have quite the same effect as hosting Nebraska or Texas but it would certainly be a sellout and bring some more attention to the Wyoming program.
In a interview with KFBC SportsZone Wyoming Senior Associate AD Kevin McKinney confirmed that the two schools have been working on a deal but didn't consider it a done deal. McKinney also said a 2012 TV broadcast announcement could be released this week. He wasn't specific about any certain channels.
With a trip to East Lansing the Cowboys will face a very challenging non-conference schedule in 2014.
- 09/06 - at Oregon
09/13 - Utah State
- 09/20 - at Michigan State
- 09/27 - Florida Atlantic
Road-trips to PAC 12 and BIG 10 schools will certainly be a big test. The Utah State game will need to be replaced since the Aggies are joining the Mountain West in 2013. That game will likely be replaced with a FCS opponent. With the Mountain West losing many of it's top programs the Cowboys are needing to strengthen their schedule if they hope to get any respect in the polls. Wyoming should have a very talented team in 2014 when Brett Smith is a senior. Obviously that is looking forward two years from now and a lot can happen between now and then. Hopefully the Pokes are in a position where some big road wins could be a possibility.