While we're still a long ways out from these games being played, Wyoming is already locking up opponents for its 2017 and 2020 through 2022 seasons, respectively. Per FBSchedules today, the Cowboys have added the following future dates:
September 2, 2017: at Iowa
September 12, 2020: at Texas Tech
September 18, 2021: at Clemson
September 3, 2022 : vs. Texas Tech
Though Wyoming may not appear to be the most likely "Group of Five" member to get an access bowl invite under the playoff system, if they're going to do so, it will be on the strength of schedules like this one. Getting a home-and-home with Texas Tech is also big as it exposes them to the Texas recruiting base -- something most Mountain West teams can't exactly claim.
In addition to those four adds, Wyoming also made a host of other changes to future schedules. Here in early 2014, it may appear over-eager to have these things set in stone, but trust me -- you don't want the alternative of scrambling to find games late. The other additions/changes include:
- Missouri dates changed: Wyoming will now play at Missouri on September 8, 2018. The Tigers will then make the return trip on August 31, 2019.
- Home-and-home with Idaho: The Cowboys head to Idaho on September 15, 2018, and then host the Vandals the following season on September 14, 2019.
- 2014 games rescheduled: Wyoming also reshuffled most of its non-conference slate for 2014. Same teams, but the dates are all changed now (likely to accommodate for various conference schedules -- which are all set to come out soon. The Oregon road game moves from September 6 to September 13, while games against Michigan State (road) and Florida Atlantic (home) respectively flip-flop dates (MSU's now on September 27 and FAU is on September 20).
Again, Wyoming's way ahead of the curve here, and that's a great thing. They've got non-conference schedules completed through 2016 and at least two games already set in 2017 through 2019. In 2014, they play the aforementioned contests against Oregon, Michigan State and Florida Atlantic, plus a season-opener at home against FCS power Montana.
So what do you think? Approve of the new additions to the Cowboys' schedule? Look like they're positioning themselves to be a factor in the College Football Playoff? Chime in below.