RON COMPTE Idaho Statesman
Boise State will open the football season this year with two real road games for the first time since 2005.
The Broncos will open the 2022 season with games at Oregon State (September 3) and New Mexico (September 10). Boise State opened the 2005 season with games at Georgia and Oregon State, and lost both.
While its schedule is jam-packed with road games, Boise State will end the regular season at home for the first time in four years when it hosts defending Mountain West champion Utah State on Nov. 26. The Broncos also finished the 2018 season at home. against Utah State.
Wednesday’s announcement represents the first phase of the 2022 football schedule process. Mountain West’s national television partners CBS Sports and Fox will now launch a selection process, which could include a Saturday shift. Kick-off times and broadcast information will be released at a later date.
The Mountain West championship game will be played on December 3 and will be hosted by the division champion with the highest winning percentage.
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Boise State’s home opener is scheduled for Sept. 17 against Tennessee Martin, but three of the Broncos’ first four games are on the road. The schedule takes a tough turn with back-to-back home games against San Diego State (Oct. 1) and Fresno State (Oct. 8) before the Broncos’ bye week on Oct. 15.
The Broncos also host BYU on November 5 in what will be the last game between the rivals for the foreseeable future. The Cougars accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 in October and will join the conference in 2023.
The rivals have played every year since 2012, including last year when the Broncos knocked out the then No. 1. 10 Cougars in Provo, Utah. Boise State and BYU were scheduled to play in 2023 before taking 2024 and resuming their annual meeting the following year, but Boise State athletic director Jeramiah Dickey said in January that this year’s game would be over for now.
“Hopefully we can get a (home series) in the future but they need to figure out their Big 12 schedule and I fully understand,” Dickey wrote on Twitter.
Boise State is 8-4 all-time against BYU.
The Broncos finished 7-5 last season and accepted an invite to the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl, but Boise State was forced to pull out due to COVID-19 issues in the schedule and the game was called off.
Boise State enters the 2022 season on a 24-game winning streak (1998-2021), which is tied with Texas (1893-1916) for the 13th-longest streak in Football Bowl Subdivision history.
Boise State 2022 Calendar
September 17: against Tennessee Martin
October 1st : against San Diego State
October 29: against Colorado State
*Kick-off times and TV broadcast information will be announced at a later date