Utah Football: Utes buy out USU game to host additional home contest
The Utah Utes are spending money to make money and Utah State is getting a sought after home and home series with Boise State as the two Utah schools are re-arranging their 2014 football schedules. The Utes, who wanted another home game in 2014, have bought their way out of their road trip to Logan for $500,000. Opening the schedule will allow Utah to host another home game, with the opponent yet to be determined. Utah State, meanwhile, will play the Broncos on Sept. 14, 2014 at Romney Stadium and will play in Boise on Sept. 26, 2015. "This is a great opportunity for our program to have a home-and-home series with a quality opponent in Boise State," Utah State coach Gary Andersen said. Utah State is 4-13 all-time against the Broncos. The teams played annually from 1996-2000 as Big West Conference foes and then as WAC foes from 2005-10. Boise State is joining the Big East as a football only member in July, 2013. The Utes will host Utah State in 2013 and 2015 and play in Logan on Sept. 7, 2012. The Utes made $1.46 million per game on ticket sales alone in 2011, making the buyout still a profitable decision, Utah athletic director Chris Hill said. The move could also help clear the schedule for possibly playing a Big Ten game earlier rather than later. The Pac-12 and Big Ten entered into an agreement to play each other in football no later than 2017, but Hill has expressed an interest in starting that series even sooner.