Football: 2014 Fresno State and Mountain West schedules finalized

FresnoFebruary 20, 2014 

Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter celebrates the Bulldogs' second straight Mountain West title at Bulldog Stadium on Dec. 7, 2013.

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The Fresno State football team will face a stiff test this fall in defense of its Mountain West Conference championships.

The MW on Thursday announced its 2014 conference schedule, one that will make the Bulldogs play eight consecutive weeks to start the season and open league play with three of four on the road.

Fresno State's conference opener is Sept. 27 at New Mexico, followed by a home game Oct. 4 against San Diego State. Road games at UNLV (Oct. 11) and Boise State (Oct. 18) follow.

Following a bye, there are back-to-back home games against Wyoming (Nov. 1) and San Jose State (Nov. 8) before a trip to Nevada (Nov. 22) and the Nov. 29 regular-season finale against visiting Hawaii.

Fresno State's challenging nonconference schedule -- road games against USC (Aug. 30) and Utah (Sept. 6) and home games against Nebraska (Sept. 13) and Southern Utah (Sept. 20) -- was previously announced.

"Our program is excited to see our full 2014 schedule come out today, and we know the Red Wave too will be excited to see the lineup of teams coming to Bulldog Stadium," Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said.

All games are currently scheduled for Saturday. However, some may switch to Thursday or Friday over the coming months as the league's television partners, CBS and ESPN, make their selections.

Kickoff times will also be announced a later date.

All MW teams play five games against teams in their own division and three against the opposite division. In 2014, the second year of a four-year scheduling cycle, Fresno State misses Air Force, Utah State and Colorado State. The Bulldogs will miss Boise State, New Mexico and Wyoming in 2015-16.

2014 FRESNO STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Aug. 30: at USC

Sept. 6: at Utah

Sept. 13: Nebraska

Sept. 20: Southern Utah

Sept. 27: at New Mexico*

Oct. 4: San Diego State*

Oct. 11: at UNLV*

Oct. 18: at Boise State*

Nov. 1: Wyoming*

Nov. 8: San Jose State*

Nov. 22: at Nevada*

Nov. 29: Hawaii*

* MW game

2014 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, Aug. 28

Boise State vs. Mississippi#

Saturday, Aug. 30

Nicholls State at Air Force

Colorado State vs. Colorado%

Fresno State at USC

Washington at Hawaii

Southern Utah at Nevada

UTEP at New Mexico

Northern Arizona at San Diego State

North Dakota at San Jose State

UNLV at Arizona

Utah State at Tennessee

Montana at Wyoming

Saturday, Sept. 6

Air Force at Wyoming*

Colorado State at Boise State*

Fresno State at Utah

Oregon State at Hawaii

Washington State at Nevada

Arizona State at New Mexico

San Diego State at North Carolina

San Jose State at Auburn

Northern Colorado at UNLV

Idaho State at Utah State

Saturday, Sept. 13

Air Force at Georgia State

Boise State at Connecticut

UC Davis at Colorado State

Nebraska at Fresno State

Northern Iowa at Hawaii

Nevada at Arizona

Northern Illinois at UNLV

Wake Forest at Utah State

Wyoming at Oregon

Saturday, Sept. 20

Louisiana at Boise State

Southern Utah at Fresno State

Hawaii at Colorado

New Mexico at New Mexico State

San Diego State at Oregon State

San Jose State at Minnesota

Florida Atlantic at Wyoming

Saturday, Sept. 27

Boise State at Air Force*

Colorado State at Boston College

Fresno State at New Mexico*

Nevada at San Jose State*

UNLV at San Diego State*

Utah State at Arkansas State

Wyoming at Michigan State

Friday, Oct. 3

Utah State at BYU

Saturday, Oct. 4

Navy at Air Force

Boise State at Nevada*

Tulsa at Colorado State

San Diego State at Fresno State*

Hawaii at Rice

New Mexico at UTSA

UNLV at San Jose State*

Saturday, Oct. 11

Air Force at Utah State*

Colorado State at Nevada*

Fresno State at UNLV*

Wyoming at Hawaii*

San Diego State at New Mexico*

Saturday, Oct. 18

New Mexico at Air Force*

Fresno State at Boise State*

Utah State at Colorado State*

Hawaii at San Diego State*

Nevada at BYU

San Jose State at Wyoming*

Saturday, Oct. 25

BYU at Boise State

Wyoming at Colorado State*

Nevada at Hawaii*

San Jose State at Navy

UNLV at Utah State*

Saturday, Nov. 1

Air Force at Army

Colorado State at San Jose State*

Wyoming at Fresno State*

Utah State at Hawaii*

San Diego State at Nevada*

New Mexico at UNLV*

Saturday, Nov. 8

Air Force at UNLV*

Boise State at New Mexico*

Hawaii at Colorado State*

San Jose State at Fresno State*

Idaho at San Diego State

Utah State at Wyoming*

Saturday, Nov. 15

Nevada at Air Force*

San Diego State at Boise State*

Hawaii at San Jose State*

New Mexico at Utah State*

UNLV at BYU

Saturday, Nov. 22

Air Force at San Diego State*

Boise State at Wyoming*

New Mexico at Colorado State*

Fresno State at Nevada*

UNLV at Hawaii*

San Jose State at Utah State*

Saturday, Nov. 29

Colorado State at Air Force*

Utah State at Boise State*

Hawaii at Fresno State*

Nevada at UNLV*

Wyoming at New Mexico*

San Jose State at San Diego State*

Saturday, Dec. 6

MW Championship+

#Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

%Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, Colo.)

*Mountain West game

+To be played at the home stadium of the highest-ranked of the two divisional champions.

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