Mountain West Announces 2014 Football Schedule
Feb. 20, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's 2014 Mountain West football schedule was announced Thursday by the conference office as USU will play all eight of its league games during the final eight weeks of the regular season from Oct. 11 through Nov. 29.
Utah State, who went 7-1 in league play a year ago and won the Mountain Division in its inaugural season in the Mountain West, will begin the 2014 campaign with two home games during its first three weeks and will conclude the season with two more home games during its final three weeks.
"We are excited about the upcoming season and the caliber of teams our fans will get to see in Romney Stadium during both the non-conference and in league play," said second-year head coach Matt Wells. "We also understand the challenges this schedule presents playing 10 games in a row to end the regular season and we will start preparing ourselves for those challenges with our training this summer. We look forward to defending our Mountain Division title and competing for another Mountain West championship this season."
The previously announced non-conference schedule takes up the first six weeks of the season, which includes a bye on Sept. 20, as the Aggies will play 13 regular season games for the first time in school history.
In all, Utah State will host Air Force (10/11), UNLV (10/25), New Mexico (11/15) and San José State (11/22) in its second season in the Mountain West, and will play at Colorado State (10/18), Hawai'i (11/1), Wyoming (11/8) and Boise State (11/29). Kickoff times and television coverage for all 13 games will be announced at a later date.
Utah State's non-conference schedule begins with a road game at Tennessee (8/30), followed by home games against Idaho State (9/6) and Wake Forest (9/13), and concludes with road games at Arkansas State (9/27) and at BYU (10/3) before beginning Mountain West play.
The 2014 schedule will play out over 15 weeks, concluding on Sat., Dec. 6, with the Mountain West Football Championship Game to be played at the home stadium of the highest-ranked of the two divisional champions.
Today's release represents the first phase in the 2014 football schedule process. Mountain West national television partners CBS Sports Network and ESPN will now initiate a selection procedure, which will include the shifting of particular games to Thursdays and Fridays. That will be followed by the identification of network outlets and kick times, along with the picks for regional partner ROOT SPORTS and the Mountain West Network powered by Campus Insiders.
The 2014 MW football membership includes Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawai`i, Nevada, San Diego State, San José State and UNLV in the West Division.
Utah State will begin Mountain West play on Saturday, Oct. 11 at home against Air Force, as the Falcons were also USU's first-ever MW game a year ago as the Aggies recorded a 52-20 road win to even the all-time series at 1-1-0.
Utah State will then play its first Mountain West road game of the season the following weekend at Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 18. Overall, Colorado State is USU's third-oldest rival with 70 previous meetings following its 13-0 home win a year ago.
Utah State will finish the month of October at home against UNLV, its 13th-most played rivalry in school history, on Saturday, Oct. 26. USU holds a 14-7 advantage in the series history with the Rebels following its 28-24 road win last year.
November will begin with back-to-back road games for Utah State, as it will play at Hawai'i on Saturday, Nov. 1 and at Wyoming on Saturday, Nov. 8. USU leads the all-time series with the Rainbow Warriors, 7-6-0 following its 47-10 home win a year ago, and has a 36-24-4 all-time advantage against the Cowboys after posting a 35-7 home win last season. In all, Wyoming is USU's fourth-most played rivalry with 64 previous games, while its previous 13 meetings with Hawai'i ranks as the 20th-most played series in Aggie history.
Following back-to-back Mountain West road games, Utah State will host New Mexico and San José State in consecutive home games on Saturday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 22. The Aggies and Lobos have met 19 previous times on the gridiron, including a 45-10 win in Albuquerque a year ago, in what is USU's 15th-most played rivalry. USU and SJSU will be meeting for the 37th time this season, after the Aggies' 40-12 road win a year ago, in what is Utah State's seventh-most played rivalry.
Utah State will then conclude its regular season at Boise State on Saturday, Nov. 29 and the Mountain West Championship game will be held on the following Saturday, Dec. 6.
In all, Utah State will play five teams who played in bowl games in 2013 with a home game against UNLV, and road games against Arkansas State, BYU, Colorado State and Boise State.
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2014 UTAH STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Date Opponent Last Meeting Series Record Aug. 30 at Tennessee NA First Meeting Sept. 6 IDAHO STATE 2010, W 38-17 (h) USU leads 14-2 Sept. 13 WAKE FOREST NA First Meeting Sept. 20 BYE Sept. 27 at Arkansas State 2004, L 7-16 (a) USU leads 3-2 Oct. 3 (Fri.) at BYU 2013, L 14-31 (h) USU trails 34-46-3 Oct. 11 AIR FORCE* 2013, W 52-20 (a) Series tied 1-1-0 Oct. 18 at Colorado State* 2013, W 13-0 (h) USU trails 32-36-2 Oct. 25 UNLV* 2013, W 28-24 (a) USU leads 14-7 Nov. 1 at Hawai'i* 2013, W 47-10 (h) USU leads 7-6-0 Nov. 8 at Wyoming* 2013, W 35-7 (h) USU leads 36-24-4 Nov. 15 NEW MEXICO* 2013, W 45-10 (a) USU trails 9-11-0 Nov. 22 SAN JOSÉ STATE* 2013, W 40-12 (a) USU trails 15-20-1 Nov. 29 at Boise State* 2013, L 23-34 (h) USU trails 4-14-0 Dec. 6 Mountain West Championship