By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
The Boise State football team will play home games against Louisville and Rutgers and a road game at Cincinnati in 2013, the Big East announced Tuesday.
Those three crossover opponents from the East division are the three returning Big East co-champs. Louisville (ACC) and Rutgers (Big Ten) are leaving the Big East after 2013 and were sent to Boise — like TCU of the Mountain West last year.
In the West division, Boise State will play Houston and Memphis at home and travel to San Diego State, SMU and Temple.
The Broncos are the only team in the West to play the three powers from the East division. San Diego State plays Cincinnati at home and Louisville and Connecticut on the road, which is a similar degree of difficulty to Boise State’s. The Aztecs and Broncos — Mountain West co-champs — were the top two teams this year who will play in the West division next year.
The West and East division champions will meet in the Big East championship game at one of the participants’ home field.
Of Boise State’s 12 opponents next season, six are in the top 55 in this year’s expanded BCS standings produced by Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. The rankings are in the schedule below. Boise State plays four of those teams on the road.
Dates and TV information for the Big East games will be released at a later date.
Here’s Boise State’s schedule:
Aug. 31: at Washington (BCS: 48th)
Sept. 7: vs. Tennessee Martin (FCS)
Sept. 28: vs. Southern Miss (119th)
Oct. 26: at BYU (55th)
Vs. Louisville (21st)
Vs. Rutgers (32nd)
Vs. Houston (91st)
Vs. Memphis (101st)
At Cincinnati (34th)
At San Diego State (36th)
At SMU (78th)
At Temple (84th)
Here’s the full Big East schedule:
Home: Connecticut, Houston, Rutgers, USF
Away: Cincinnati, Louisville, SMU, Temple
Home: Boise State, UCF, Connecticut, Louisville
Away: Memphis, Rutgers, San Diego State, USF
Home: Louisville, Rutgers, San Diego State, USF
Away: UCF, Cincinnati, SMU, Temple
Home: UCF, Memphis, Rutgers, San Diego State
Away: Boise State, Cincinnati, Connecticut, USF
Home: Cincinnati, Houston, USF, Temple
Away: Boise State, UCF, Connecticut, Louisville
Home: Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, SMU
Away: UCF, Connecticut, Houston, Rutgers
Home: Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers
Away: Cincinnati, San Diego State, SMU, Temple
Home: Memphis, San Diego State, SMU, USF
Away: Boise State, UCF, Rutgers, Temple
Home: Cincinnati, San Diego State, SMU, Temple
Away: Boise State, Houston, Louisville, USF
San Diego State
Home: Boise State, Cincinnati, SMU, Temple
Away: Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, Memphis
Home: Boise State, UCF, Connecticut, Temple
Away: Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, USF
Home: Boise State, Houston, UCF, Connecticut
Away: Memphis, Rutgers, San Diego State, SMU
Boise State has sold about 3,100 tickets for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, which includes tickets for the band and player comps.
That’s about 1,900 fewer than last year — when 5,000 bought tickets through Boise State but 15,000 showed up.
In 2010, Boise State sold 7,700 tickets and about 20,000 fans showed up in Las Vegas.
“The last two years, there’s been a lot of blue and orange in that stadium,” MAACO Bowl Executive Director Dan Hanneke said. “We expect the same this year and I know there’s going to be a lot of purple and gold (for Washington). When we sit there as the bowl itself and see all those colors, it’s fantastic.”
Boise State faces a potential financial liability on this year’s bowl tickets. The Mountain West pools bowl money and pays its teams’ expenses but requires each team to generate a predetermined amount of revenue through ticket sales. Boise State’s target is about $225,000 — or 4,091 tickets.
Boise State’s tickets sold (not counting band and comps) is about 2,200. That leaves a shortfall of 1,891 tickets — or $104,000.
Tickets cost $62, including fees. The face value is $55. Boise State fans can help the athletic department meet its obligation by buying a ticket through the ticket office (426-4737) for donation to a Las Vegas-area military member.
Boise State and Washington each received 11,000 tickets. Washington is supposed to provide an update on its sales this afternoon.
Boise State ranks third in the annual Academic BCS — rankings from the New America Foundation that combine football and academic success. Here is the release.
In today’s paper, I had this information on Boise State’s football graduates:
Boise State’s 14 December graduates include cornerback Josh Borgman (communication), junior wide receiver Aaron Burks (communication), cornerback Jerrell Gavins (communication), junior offensive lineman Spencer Gerke (criminal justice), defensive tackle Greg Grimes (communication), offensive lineman Joe Kellogg (business), defensive tackle Darren Koontz (business), junior wide receiver Kirby Moore (communication), offensive lineman Brenel Myers (social science), linebacker J.C. Percy (finance), wide receiver Chris Potter (business), nickel Dextrell Simmons (communication), tailback Drew Wright (criminal justice) and offensive lineman Faraji Wright (communication) — all seniors unless noted.
Tailback D.J. Harper, fullback Dan Paul, linebacker Tommy Smith, cornerback Jamar Taylor, wide receiver Tyler Jackson, tight end Chandler Koch and wide receiver Mitch Burroughs previously graduated.
That leaves just five of the 23 seniors who won’t have their degrees by kickoff next week — and all are on track to graduate in May.
Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com breaks down how the money from the new college football postseason will be distributed — and it doesn’t look good for the Big East.
Bruce Feldman of CBS reports that former Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin will interview for the head coaching job at Arkansas State.