The Mountain West had all announced the conference schedule for the next four years after moving to a 12 team - two division setup. What was missing were the exact dates of the conference schedule. With the schedule finalized we can now analyze how things could play out for the Pokes. On a personal note I'm very excited as I can now look at road trip plans for this season as well.
Here is the full 2013 schedule. Game times will be announced at a later date.
- Sat., Aug. 31 - at Nebraska
- Sat., Sept. 7 - IDAHO
- Sat., Sept. 14 - NORTHERN COLORADO
- Sat., Sept. 21 - at Air Force*
- Sat., Sept. 28 - at Texas State
Sat., Oct. 5 - Open
Sat., Oct. 12 - NEW MEXICO*
- Sat., Oct. 19 - COLORADO STATE*
- Sat., Oct. 26 - at San Jose State*
Sat., Nov. 2 - Open
- Sat., Nov. 9 - FRESNO STATE*
Sat., Nov. 16 - at Boise State*
- Sat., Nov. 23 - HAWAI`I*
- Sat., Nov. 30 - at Utah State*
- Sat., Dec. 7 - Inaugural Mountain West Championship Game+
Having two bye weeks is an unexpected bonus this year. Wasn't thinking that would happen due to the the Mountain West Championship game starting this year. This helps divide the season into three sections and allow for extra time to recover from injuries and prepare for opponents.
The Air Force game is a much earlier conference game then usual. That should allow for a large Wyoming contingent to make the trip down to Colorado Springs. I'm strongly considering make a trip to Colorado in September in order to take in a game at the Air Force Academy. The events from last year will also make for an interesting storyline.
The middle three games are all winnable and the home games will have large crowds. Homecoming is the 12th against New Mexico. On the 19th the Border War will take place at War Memorial for the second straight year. Attendance wise it should be great for the Border War due to the early date. Some are disappointed that it is no longer at the end of the year but having less than 20 thousand for a rivalry game was not helping either school's bottom line. With no big name programs coming to Laramie the Border War is expected to be the biggest draw.
The last four games will present a big challenge with Hawaii likely being the one exception. The Hawaii game takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving so that will help attendance wise since students will be be around. Fans in Western Wyoming will have a easy chance to see the Pokes play in Logan in the regular season finale.
I already mentioned the Air Force game is really intriguing to me to see in person. Of course the Border War is always must see and I have made it to the last two. I'm also looking at trying to make it to either the Boise State or San Jose State games since they are the closest games to Washington State.
Any games you are particular looking forward to? How do you think the Pokes will fare with this schedule?