By Chadd Cripe
Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier has talked to Oregon officials about another series that would build on the success of this two-year contract — games in 2008 and 2009 that have produced much hype and, this year, a national TV appearance.
Bleymaier said he needs to follow up with new Oregon athletic director Mike Bellotti.
The Broncos and Ducks meet Sept. 3 at Bronco Stadium. The game will air on ESPN and has been named one of the top contests of the year by college football writers.
"It's been floated," Bleymaier said of another series. "We're very interested in doing another series and I hope they would be, too, based on the success of these two games."
Oregon will be just the third Pac-10 team to play Boise State at Bronco Stadium, joining Oregon State and Washington State. Oregon State is scheduled to play at Bronco Stadium in 2010, with the Broncos going to Corvallis in 2012.
Bleymaier says he will play any Pac-10 team home-and-home. The Broncos haven't played any of the six southern Pac-10 schools since 1999.
"I've talked to most of them and they're not interested in playing us home-and-home," Bleymaier said. "At least once a year I try to make a call and see if anything changes and again let them know of our interest. And we'll continue to do that."
However, Bleymaier also has become more flexible with his scheduling strategy. He has filled the schedule mostly with home-and-home series in the past. Now he's more willing to consider big-money road games and two-for-one series in which the Broncos would play two road games in exchange for a home game against a big-name team.
"I'm not ruling anything out," Bleymaier said.
The Broncos scheduled a guarantee game against Virginia Tech in Washington, D.C., to fill the 2010 schedule. Bleymaier is considering another guarantee game for the opening in 2011, when the Broncos don't have a Bowl Championship Series-conference team on the schedule yet.
The 2012 schedule is full. The only teams on the schedule after that are BYU and Utah.