The Aggies will host the Broncos on September 27, 2014 at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium before making the return trip to Boise on September 26, 2015.
“This is a great opportunity for our program to have a home-and-home series with a quality opponent in Boise State,” Aggie coach Gary Anderson said. “ 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.”
USU Athletics Director Scott Barnes echoed Andersen’s excitement in resuming the series with Boise State, and also noted that the Boise State game in 2014 will be replacing Utah on the schedule, as the Utes are opting out of one of the four games from the signed contract for the $500,000 buyout.
“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.”
Utah State is 4-13 all-time against Boise State, having first played in 1975. The Aggies and Broncos played annually from 1996-2000 as Big West Conference foes and then again as WAC foes from 2005-10. Boise State departed the WAC to play in the Mountain West Conference for the 2011 and 2012 season and will join the Big East Conference as a football-only member, effective July 1, 2013. Most of Boise State’s other athletic teams will return to the WAC also effective July 1, 2013.
The 2014 meeting with Boise State will be USU’s first match-up against a Big East foe since 2001 when the Aggies played both Connecticut and South Florida, and USU is 1-2 all-time against current Big East Conference opponents.