Boise State to Host TCU in 2011
BOISE, Idaho - The Mountain West Conference announced on Tuesday (Jan. 25) Boise State will host TCU at Bronco Stadium during the 2011 football season.
The league originally announced the Broncos would travel to Fort Worth this upcoming season, but in a statement released by the conference office on Tuesday the MWC Board of Directors decided to implement the change after a recommendation by the league's athletics directors.
Part of the brief statement read "The Board felt the change was in the best interest of the Mountain West Conference and would help address current and future scheduling concerns created by the new set of circumstances which stemmed from another change in membership."
This will be the only time Boise State and TCU face each other as members of the same league. In 2012 TCU will join the Big East Conference.
Boise State has a 2-1 series record against the Horn Frogs, including a 17-10 win in the 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
TCU finished this past season ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls, while Boise State was ranked No. 7 in the final coaches' poll and ninth in the AP poll.
With the Horn Frogs coming to Bronco Stadium this fall, the league also announced Boise State will now travel to San Diego State. The Aztecs were originally scheduled to play in Boise this upcoming season.
While dates and times for conference games will not be announced until late March, Boise State does knows along with TCU it will host Wyoming, Air Force and New Mexico. The Broncos' other two league road games will be at Colorado State and UNLV.
Boise State's non-conference schedule has already been announced with the Broncos opening the season on Sept. 3 (Saturday) in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome against the University of Georgia. The Broncos also have non-conference road games at Toledo on Sept. 17 (Saturday) and Fresno State on Oct. 8 (Saturday).
The Broncos' two home non-conference games are on Sept. 24 (Saturday) against Tulsa and Oct. 1 (Saturday) against Nevada.
Boise State will play eight teams (Georgia - Liberty; Toledo - Little Caesars; Tulsa - Hawai'i; Nevada - Kraft Fight Hunger; Fresno State - Udrove Humanitarian; TCU - Rose; Air Force - Independence; San Diego State - Poinsettia) that went to postseason bowl games this past season.
The combined record of those eight teams last year was 76-29 for a 72.4 winning percentage.
Along with TCU, two other Bronco opponents also finished the 2010 season ranked among the top 25 teams in the country. Nevada was 11th in the final AP poll and 13th in the final coaches' poll, while Tulsa was 24th in the final AP rankings.
The Bronco football team is currently in their winter conditioning program and will start spring practice on March 7 (Monday). The annual spring game is scheduled for April 16 (Saturday).
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