By Brian Murphy
Idaho will play at rival Washington State in 2013, the first meeting between the neighboring universities since 2007, Athletic Director Rob Spear told the Idaho Statesman on Monday.
Washington State has won seven consecutive games against Idaho, including 45-28 loss in 2007 in coach Robb Akey's first season with the Vandals. Akey is a former Washington State defensive coordinator and has said that he wanted to play the Cougars occasionally as opposed to annually.
The campuses are separated by less than 10 miles and the Idaho/Washington border.
Idaho plays two teams from BCS AQ-conferences in 2012 (LSU and North Carolina) and 2013 (Mississippi and Washington State), all on the road. The Vandals also have games scheduled with Florida (2014) and Auburn (2015) from the mighty Southeastern Conference.
Scout.com first reported the Washington State game.
The Vandals are also playing at Mississippi, at Wyoming and versus Northern Illinois in 2013.
Boise State's football team will play former WAC rival Utah State in 2014 and 2015, the school announced Friday morning. The Broncos will visit Logan, Utah, on Sept. 27, 2014 and host the Aggies at Bronco Stadium on Sept. 26, 2015.
“We have a lot of respect for coach (Gary) Andersen and what he has accomplished at Utah State the last three seasons,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen said in a statement. “He has the Aggies playing at an extremely high level, and this adds another quality opponent to a stretch where we will be playing the most difficult schedules in Bronco football history.”
Utah State went 7-6 in 2011, including a loss to Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise.
Boise State has won 13 of 17 meetings with Utah State, including the last 10. The schools were WAC and Big West members at the same time.
Boise State will be a member of the Big East in 2014. Utah State, currently a member of the WAC, could be in the new-look Mountain West by the time the series is played. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday that the Aggies "are serious candidates" to join the Mountain West and that commissioners Craig Thompson (Mountain West) and Britton Bankowsky (Conference USA) have done campus visits.
"This is a great opportunity for our program to have a home-and-home series with a quality opponent in Boise State. It is a wonderful chance for our fans to see us play on the road but don't have to travel very far, plus as we saw when we were there for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, we have a terrific Aggie fan base in the Boise area," Andersen said in a statement released by the school.
Said Utah State Athletic Director Scott Barnes said in a statement: "High caliber regional home-and-home competition is important for our program and will provide a quality experience for both our student-athletes and fans," Barnes said. "We were fortunate to get this deal done in the wake of Utah deciding to buy-out one of our four future games with them. Boise State fits nicely into the schedule as a strong home game replacement."
• Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear said he has had no discussions with Boise State about playing in 2014 and 2015.
Idaho, however, will be playing a slew of SEC schools, according to game contracts obtained by the Idaho Statesman from the university. The Vandals have game contracts with LSU (in 2012), Mississippi (in 2013), Florida (in 2014) and Auburn (in 2015).
Idaho will be paid $925,000 for the game against LSU, $850,000 for the game against Mississippi, $975,000 for the game against Florida and $1 million for the game with Auburn.
Idaho will receive $800,000 for a game against North Carolina this year as well as $500,000 from BYU and $125,000 from Bowling Green.
The Vandals are paying Wyoming $150,000 and Eastern Washington $150,000 for games this year, so they will net more than $2 million in game guarantees in 2012.
Idaho has also had discussions with Florida State about a future contest, though Spear said there is "nothing firm."
Boise State's nonconference schedule
Aug. 31 Michigan State
Sept. 15 vs. Miami (OH)
Sept. 22 vs. BYU
Oct. 6 at Southern Miss
Sept. 7 at Washington
Sept. 21 vs. UT Martin
Sept. 28 vs. Southern Miss
Oct. 26 at BYU
Aug. 28 vs. Ole Miss (in Atlanta)
Sept. 27 at Utah State
Oct. 25 vs. BYU
Sept. 12 at BYU
Sept. 19 vs. Washington
Sept. 26 vs. Utah State
Sept. 10 vs. Washington State
Sept. 24 at Oregon State
Oct. 15 vs. BYU
Sept. 9 at Washington State
Oct. 7 at BYU
Idaho nonconference schedule
Aug. 30 vs. Eastern Washington
Sept. 8 at Bowling Green
Sept. 15 at LSU
Sept. 22 vs. Wyoming
Sept. 29 at North Carolina
Nov. 10 at BYU
Aug. 31 at Mississippi
Sept. 7 at Wyoming
Sept. 14 vs. Northern Illinois
TBA at Washington State
Aug. 30 at Florida
Sept. 13 vs. Western Michigan
Sept. 20 at Ohio
Sept. 19 at Auburn