LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s 2016 Mountain West football schedule was announced Wednesday by the conference office as the Aggies will play all eight of their league games during a nine-week stretch from Sept. 24 through Nov. 19, before concluding the regular season at in-state rival BYU in a non-conference game on Thanksgiving weekend.
Utah State, which went 5-3 in league play a year ago to finish tied for second in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West, will begin the 2016 campaign with three home games during the first four weeks of the season, which includes opening Mountain West play at home against Air Force, before concluding the year with consecutive road games.
“As is the case every year in the Mountain West, we have a very challenging task with six bowl teams from our conference on our schedule for the second-year in a row,” said fourth-year head coach Matt Wells. “Once again, our fans will have the opportunity to see some high-caliber football in Maverik Stadium as we host four bowl teams from last season and play a total of nine bowl teams overall.”
After opening the season at home against Weber State, Utah State plays five-straight games against teams who played in bowl games a year ago with road games at USC, Boise State and Colorado State, and home games against Arkansas State and Air Force.
Overall, Utah State will face nine teams who played in bowl games in 2015 as it also hosts San Diego State and New Mexico, and plays at Nevada and at BYU. Furthermore, six of USU’s 2016 opponents recorded at least eight wins a year ago, while only two of its opponents had losing records.
In all, Utah State will host Air Force (9/24), Fresno State (10/22), San Diego State (10/29) and New Mexico (11/12) in its fourth season in the Mountain West, and will play at Boise State (10/1), at Colorado State (10/8), at Wyoming (11/5) and at Nevada (11/19). Kickoff times and television coverage for all 12 games will be announced at a later date.
Utah State’s 2016 schedule begins with a non-conference home game against Weber State (9/1), followed by a road game at Pac-12 Conference member USC (9/10). USU then returns home to host Sun Belt Conference member Arkansas State (9/17).
Utah State will begin Mountain West play at home for the third-straight year as it hosts Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 24 in the fifth-ever meeting between the two programs.
Utah State then plays back-to-back Mountain West road games at Boise State and at Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 8, respectively. The Aggies and Broncos have met 20 times previously, in what is the 16th-oldest rivalry in school history, while the Rams are USU’s third-oldest rivalry with 72 previous meetings.
Utah State will then have a bye before hosting Fresno State and San Diego State in back-to-back MW home games on Saturday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 29, respectively. USU and Fresno State have faced one another 28 times, which is the Aggies’ 12th-oldest rivalry, while the Aztecs are USU’s 21st-oldest rivalry with 12 previous meetings.
As the calendar turns to November, Utah State plays at Wyoming on Saturday, Nov. 5 before hosting New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 12 in its final home game. The Aggies and Cowboys will play for the 67th time this fall in what is the fourth-oldest rivalry in school history, while the Lobos are USU’s 15th-oldest rivalry with 22 previous meetings.
Utah State will then conclude its regular season with back-to-back road games against Mountain West foe Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 19 and at in-state rival BYU on Saturday, Nov. 26. USU and Nevada have faced one another 23 times on the gridiron, which is USU’s 13th-oldest rivalry, while its series with BYU is the second-longest in school history with 85 previous meetings.
For Utah State, this year’s schedule marks the first time since 2012 that it will have three home games before the first of October, while it will also be playing consecutive road games to end a season for the first time since 2007.
The 2016 schedule will play out over 14 weeks, concluding on Sat., Dec. 3, 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 2016 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 2016 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.
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<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>2016 UTAH STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE</strong></span>
<em>Date Opponent Last Meeting Series Record</em>
Sept. 1 (Thur.) WEBER STATE 2013, W 70-6 (h) USU leads, 13-1
Sept. 10 at USC 2013, L 14-17 (a) USU trails, 0-5
Sept. 17 ARKANSAS STATE 2014, L 14-21 OT (a) Series tied, 3-3
Sept. 24 AIR FORCE 2015, L 28-35 (a) Series tied, 2-2
Oct. 1 at Boise State* 2015, W 52-26 (h) USU trails, 5-15
Oct. 8 at Colorado State* 2015, W 33-18 (h) USU trails, 33-37-2
Oct. 15 OPEN
Oct. 22 FRESNO STATE* 2015, W 56-14 (a) USU trails, 11-17-1
Oct. 29 SAN DIEGO STATE* 2015, L 14-48 (a) USU trails, 1-11
Nov. 5 at Wyoming* 2015, W 58-27 (h) USU leads, 38-24-4
Nov. 12 NEW MEXICO* 2015, L 13-14 (a) USU trails, 10-12
Nov. 19 at Nevada* 2015, W 31-27 (h) USU trails, 6-17
Nov. 26 at BYU 2015, L 28-51 (h) USU trails 35-47-3
Dec. 3 Mountain West Championship
Home Games in CAPS
* – Mountain West game