Boise State Will Open 2011 Season Against Georgia, 2014 Against Ole Miss
The official announcement was made Friday night. Just moments earlier, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic announced that Boise State would also play in its 2014 game, this time against Mississippi. That game is set for Aug. 28, 2014.
The 2011 game will mark the second consecutive season the Broncos will open at a neutral site against a southern power. This year, the Broncos defeated Virginia Tech at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins.
With the addition of the Boise State-Georgia contest in 2011, the Bulldogs were forced to cancel their home-and-home series with Louisville in 2011-12, Big East sources told FanHouse.
To get out of the Louisville series, Georgia will pay $600,000 of the $1.2 million buyout to the Cardinals, the league sources told FanHouse.
Louisville, however, already has replaced Georgia with a home-and-home series with North Carolina. The Cardinals will visit UNC on Sept. 3, 2011 and host the Tar Heels on Sept. 15, 2012. Both contests will be nationally televised on ESPN or ABC.
Georgia and Louisville also have plans to reschedule their home-and-home series in future seasons.
"While we certainly would have preferred to keep the series with Georgia, we are pleased to open up the season next year at North Carolina and look forward to hosting them at Papa John's Stadium in 2012," Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said in a statement.
"We were thrilled when we secured a series with Georgia five years ago. We were approached to mutually agree to cancel this series, but we declined. Georgia exercised their option to cancel our series so they could participate in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Obviously, we wanted to retain the series as we know our fans have been looking forward to playing them since 2005. Even though we are disappointed in this series of events, we appreciate ESPN for their assistance in attaining another quality BCS opponent and for their commitment in televising the games. We look forward to playing North Carolina, we will have discussions with Georgia about a possible future series, and we will continue to explore future dates with other quality opponents."
By adding Georgia in 2011, Boise State dropped a contest at Ole Miss. The Broncos and Ole Miss will now meet in that 2014 game.
Ole Miss will now open next season at home against Brigham Young on Sept. 3, 2011.
"Both schools needed a game and it turned out to be a good opportunity," BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said.
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