Virginia’s ambitious football schedule just became, well, more ambitious.
According to a source from out West, the Cavaliers are about to announce a home-and-home series with Boise State, beginning with a 2015 game in Charlottesville against the Broncos. UVa would play a return game at Boise in 2017.
Virginia, which recently added home games with Oregon and Brigham Young for this season, also has games scheduled against UCLA and Stanford, giving the Cavaliers' football future a definite Western flavor.
Boise State is the third nonconference game scheduled by UVa for 2015 along with a road game at UCLA and a home tilt against William & Mary. The 2017 schedule presently features only a home game against Stanford and the return trip to Boise as nonconference contests.
Boise State has elevated its football program to one of the most competitive in the nation over the past decade. Coached by Chris Petersen, the Broncos have finished the season ranked in the top 10 in final BCS standings six times since 2004: ’04, ’06, ’08, ’09, ’10, and ’11.
Petersen, who is 84-8 over the last seven seasons, is coming off an 11-2 campaign and a bowl win over Washington this past season when the Broncos finished as co-champions of the Mountain West Conference with a 7-1 mark.
From 2000 to present, Boise State owns the nation’s best home winning percentage of 79-4 (.952), and from 1997 to present, the Broncos own the nation’s highest overall winning percentage with a 168-35 record, .827.
While Oregon and Southern Cal have earned reputations as national powers over the past dozen years, it is Boise State that actually has recorded more wins than any other Western football program. Boise has 147 victories since 2000, compared to 127 by USC and 122 by Oregon.
Boise State plays its home games at the 37,000-seat Bronco Stadium, home of the “Blue Turf” field.
The 2017 game at Boise will be Virginia’s second appearance on the Blue Turf. Former coach Al Groh’s Cavaliers lost a controversial 37-34 overtime game to Fresno State on the Boise field in the 2004 MPC Computers Bowl game.