The Boise State University Broncos will play football games against Idaho State University in 2015 and the University of Cincinnati in 2019 and 2020, the school announced Jan. 2.
Boise State hasn’t played the Idaho State Bengals since 2008. The two teams played every year while both were in the Big Sky Conference from 1968 to 1995, with Boise State since rising up to higher profile football conferences. Idaho State last beat the Broncos in 1994, a one-point victory that was the last time the teams played in Pocatello.
The Cincinnati games mark the second time Boise State has scheduled games against teams from the American Athletic Conference. The Broncos nearly joined that conference, formerly known as the Big East Conference, before electing to stay in the Mountain West Conference, as many Big East teams fled to other conferences. The Broncos will also play two games against the University of Connecticut.
The Idaho State game will be at Bronco Stadium, rounding out the team’s non-conference schedule for 2015. That year, the team will also play a home game against the University of Washington, which recently hired former Boise State coach Chris Peterson. In 2015, the Broncos will have road games against Brigham Young University and the University of Virginia.
Boise State is paying Idaho State $425,000 for the game. Larger college football schools frequently pay smaller schools thousands of dollars to travel to their games. The University of Idaho, for example, will receive $1 million to visit Auburn University in 2015.
The two Cincinnati games include a $300,000 guarantee for the visiting team to cover expenses. Cincinnati will visit Boise in 2019, with the Broncos traveling to Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati in 2020.