The Mountain West will showcase two gunslingers in Laramie this November. Wyoming announced on Monday that ESPN had picked up the broadcast rights for the game between the Wyoming Cowboys and Fresno State Bulldogs. The actual network and kickoff time be will announced within two weeks of the game. Originally the game was set to be streamed by the Mountain West through their Mountain West Digital Network.
Very glad to see ESPN take advantage of the opportunity to showcase a very exciting game. Not only will this provide good publicity for the Mountain West and Wyoming, it could also offer an extra payday for Wyoming as well. As part of the new Mountain West TV contract the home team would receive a $500,000 bonus if the game is aired on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. There would be no bonus if the game is aired on ESPNU or ESPN3.
The game was originally set for 1 p.m. MT kickoff. It will be interesting to see it is pushed back later like the Air Force game was two weeks ago. A November game can always be question weather wise in Laramie, a night game will certainly bring in cold temperatures as well increase the potential for snow or freezing rain. That would certainly provide a bigger home field advantage for Wyoming.
There are two key storylines that will make this game will be of interest to a national audience.
- Fresno State - The Bulldogs look to be the best team in the Mountain West and are a potential BCS Buster. The tough portion of their schedule has passed and barring a huge upset they will likely arrive in Laramie with an undefeated record.
- Derek Carr vs Brett Smith - There is a great group of quarterbacks in the Mountain West this year, yet the top two are certainly Carr and Smith. Carr has the golden arm that handles a heavy workload while Smith is the thrilling dual threat. Watching these two square off will most likely mean plenty of points scored.
Let's hope the game lives up to it's potential. We'll put up another post when the channel and kickoff time are announced.