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BYU football team finalizes 2016 schedule — and it's still a doozy

Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Harvey Langi (21) goes after Boise State Broncos quarterback Ryan Finley (15) BYU and Boise State play Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Harvey Langi (21) goes after Boise State Broncos quarterback Ryan Finley (15) BYU and Boise State play Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
Scott G Winterton,

PROVO — BYU finalized its 2016 football schedule Wednesday with the announcement that its game at Boise State has been moved from Saturday, Oct. 22 to Thursday, Oct. 20.

Television plans and kickoff times will be announced at a later date.

The Cougars will face teams from eight different conferences — Southeastern Conference (Mississippi State), Big 12 (West Virginia), Big Ten (Michigan State), Pac-12 (Arizona, Utah, UCLA), Mid-American Conference (Toledo), American Athletic Conference (Cincinnati), Mountain West Conference (Boise State, Utah State) and Big Sky Conference (Southern Utah) — along with fellow independent foe Massachusetts.

Of the 12 regular-season opponents, 10 played in bowl games last season and had a combined 90-51 record.

While BYU will host six home games, two of its road games will be played at neutral sites at NFL stadiums. The Cougars kick off the campaign against Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Arizona. Three weeks later, BYU meets West Virginia at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, in Landover, Maryland.

After opening the year against Arizona, BYU will renew its rivalry with Utah after a two-year hiatus during the regular season. The Utes defeated the Cougars in the Las Vegas Bowl last December.

BYU is contracted to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at the conclusion of the 2016 regular season. The Cougars will play in San Diego if bowl eligible and not selected to participate in the College Football Playoff or a New Year's Six bowl game.

2016 BYU football schedule

Date, opponent

Saturday, Sept. 3: vs. Arizona (at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona)

Saturday, Sept. 10: at Utah

Saturday, Sept. 17: vs. UCLA (home opener)

Saturday, Sept. 24: vs. West Virginia (at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland)

Friday, Sept. 30: vs. Toledo

Saturday, Oct. 8: at Michigan State

Friday, Oct. 14: vs. Mississippi State

Thursday, Oct. 20: at Boise State

Saturday, Nov. 5: at Cincinnati

Saturday, Nov. 12: vs. Southern Utah

Saturday, Nov. 19: vs. UMass

Saturday, Nov. 26: vs. Utah State

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