BYU and Wyoming Football Will Reunite in Provo in 2022, Laramie in 2024

Amid growing speculation in the last couple of years about BYU looking to return to the Mountain West, the Cougars agreed to a home-and-home football matchup with Wyoming, which becomes eight member of the 12-team MW to schedule Cougars since BYU bolted after the 2011 season.

The Cowboys and BYU jointly anounnced on Tuesday that Wyoming will travel to Provo for a Sept. 28, 2022 game, and the Cougars will be in Laramie for a game on Sept. 24, 2024.

BYU is one of Wyoming's oldest rivalry, the two schools first meeting in 1922. they were both members of the Sky, Western Athletic and Mountain West Conference. The 78-game series is the third longest in Wyoming history, behind Colorado State, which has played Wyoming 109 times, and Utah, which has been a Cowboy opponent in 83 games.

The most recent meeting between the two old schools came in the 2016 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.  BYU pulled out a 24-21 win.

The agreement will BYU gives Wyoming four non-conference opponents in every season through 2023 with three in 2024 and one in 2025.

Future Non-Conference Schedules

2019 2020
Date Opponent Date Opponent
Aug. 31 MISSOURI Sept. 5 WEBER STATE
Sept. 7 at Texas State Sept. 12 at Texas Tech
Sept. 14 IDAHO Sept. 19 UTAH
Sept. 21 at Tulsa Sept. 26 at Ball State
2021 2022
Date Opponent Date Opponent
Sept. 4 MONTANA STATE Sept. 3 TULSA
Sept. 11 at Northern Illinois Sept. 10 NORTHERN COLORADO
Sept. 18 BALL STATE Sept. 17 at Illinois
Sept. 25 at Clemson Sept. 24 at BYU
2023 2024
Date Opponent Date Opponent
Sept. 2 TEXAS TECH Aug. 31 at Arizona State
Sept. 9 PORTLAND STATE Sept. 21 NEW MEXICO STATE
Sept. 23 APPALACHIAN STATE Sept. 28 BYU
Sept. 30 at North Texas
2025
Date Opponent
Sept. 6 at Utah

While the Cougars left the Mountain West feeling they could build their national reputation better as an independent, BYU has found it difficult to schedule as a non-conference football team. The Cougars are in the West Coast Conference in other sports.

In their first six years as an independent, BYU's expectation of filling up its schedule with FBS teams has come up short. They have played 27 games against FCS teams, only 12 at home, five of those FBS games, including only two at home, have been in-state rival Utah.

 

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