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
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