NMSU Football To Play Home-And-Home Series With Wyoming

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The future schedule of New Mexico State football begins to take shape with the announcement of a home-and-home series with the University of Wyoming, beginning in 2018 at home to open its season on Aug. 25 as an independent FBS team during zero week.

The Aggies will then travel to Laramie, Wyo., on Sept. 21, 2024, for its return trip against the Cowboys.

The 2018 meeting between New Mexico State and Wyoming will just be the second time the two programs have faced off against one another on the gridiron. The only meeting between the Aggies and Cowboys came in 1953, which was in favor of Wyoming 47-0.

“Deputy AD Braun Cartwright and I have put in an enormous amount of time on football scheduling with the focus on securing games with regional Group of 5 opponents,” Director of Athletics Mario Moccia said. “Unlike in 2013 when we played four Power 5 conference programs, which had ripple effects on future year’s schedules, we have really focused on the home-and-home model. We would like to thank Wyoming AD Tom Burman and head coach Craig Bohl for agreeing to our series. In addition, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a huge thanks to Dave Brown, President of Gridiron and the former ESPN College Football VP for Programing. Without his help, this would not have been possible. We are diligently working to finalize our schedule, which as an independent is one of the more difficult tasks I have found in intercollegiate athletics.”

This is the first of several announcements in regards to New Mexico State’s 2018 independent schedule as the Aggies are already scheduled to play at Minnesota on Aug. 30.

“We are very excited about the work Mario has done on our 2018 schedule,” head coach Doug Martin said. “Adding Wyoming gives us a quality Mountain West Conference team to compete against. Our fans will enjoy this schedule and so will our players and coaches.”

The Aggies came off a season in which they went 3-9 and was 1-of-4 Group of 5 teams along with UMass, an independent team, to have played nine teams that competed in bowl games in 2016. Only six other teams played more than nine teams that went bowling in 2016, all of which hail from the ACC or SEC.

Game time and TV details will be finalized at a later date.