By Brian Murphy
Boise State is still exploring its options for a 13th football game in 2012, but the Broncos are unlikely to play Arkansas in Dallas as has been rumored by some web sites.
"You're going to hear all types of names, all types of games, but that (an Arkansas game) is not on our radar," new Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle told the Statesman on Tuesday.
"We're looking at all possibilities. With all this conference realignment, I think you have a lot of programs across the country that still have opportunities for scheduling. With us playing at Hawaii, we get that 13th game opportunity and that's what we're trying to look at and address. ... It's just trying to find the right match and the right fit for everybody."
Coyle said he and Curt Apsey, who served as the Broncos' interim athletic director before Coyle's hiring and is a senior associate athletic director, have been working together on football scheduling.
"We're working obviously closely with coach (Chris) Petersen. He's going to be involved in that process. It's a collaborative effort," Coyle said.
"(Petersen) has goals and objectives for his program and we want to make sure when we schedule that we match those goals and objectives."
Boise State has six home games and six road games scheduled, including two of each in non-conference play. Boise State visits Michigan State and Southern Mississippi and hosts Miami (Ohio) and BYU in non-conference games.
Boise State plays home Mountain West games against Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State and UNLV and road games in conference play against Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming. The Broncos do not play Air Force next season.
"Ideally that'd be great to have a home game. We have something very special here," Coyle said. "If we could have somebody here, that would be ideal for us."
The Mountain West is planning to release its football schedule in March.
"I do think we have some time, but obviously that window is getting tighter and tighter to schedule," Coyle said. "We don't want to schedule somebody to schedule somebody. We want to make sure we schedule somebody that makes sense for our program, for our fans."
• Note: I also asked specifically about Cincinnati, another school that has been mentioned as a potential 13th opponent. "I would take a deep breath on that one," Coyle said. "I'm not aware of that."
• Just can't get away from conference realignment talk. The Big 12's expansion committee will meet today, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The two top candidates for expansion are Louisville (Big East) and BYU (independent).
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