Boise State will have an intriguing home football schedule next season. The Big East released their 2013 conference football schedule on Tuesday, and the Broncos will have Louisville and Rutgers at home according to the report.
Louisville and Rutgers are both departing for other conferences soon, and this may be the only time the Broncos face these opponents as conference foes. Other home games include Houston and Memphis. Both of those games should be interesting. However, both games should be winnable.
Memphis finished 4-8 overall and 4-4 in C-USA (Conference USA) this season, while Houston was one game better at 5-7 overall and 4-4 in C-USA. Both teams should be better next season, but how much better is sill a mystery.
Louisville and Rutgers will pose significant challenges for the Broncos even at home on "The Blue." The Cardinals should be good again, and they managed to keep their excellent coach, Charlie Strong, on their sideline after he was rumored flirting with the Tennessee job.
Louisville finished the regular season 10-2 with a share of the Big East title, and they will represent the conference in the Allstate Sugar Bowl facing Florida.
Rutgers finished 9-3 overall and tied with Louisville at 5-2 in the Big East. However, the Cardinals beat the Scarlet Knights head-to-head.
Boise State will face Cincinnati, San Diego State, SMU and Temple on the road in 2013. Again, those are intriguing games that should be quite interesting. San Diego State is familiar to Bronco fans, but Cincinnati, SMU and Temple are not.
Cincinnati is a tough place to play. When their stadium is full it is loud. You have to believe it will be overflowing when Boise State comes to town. The Bearcats finished the 2012 regular season 9-3 overall and tied with Louisville and Rutgers at 5-2 in conference.
They will face Duke in the Belk Bowl.
Temple went 4-7 overall and 2-5 in the Big East in 2012, while SMU finished 6-6 overall and 5-3 in C-USA. The Mustangs will face Fresno State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl this season so it should give everyone an idea how this team stacks up.
With the non-conference games already on the schedule, Boise State's 2013 season looks like this:
Home: Tennessee-Martin, Southern Miss, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers
Away: Washington, BYU, Cincinnati, San Diego State, SMU, Temple
It should be an interesting and challenging year for Chris Petersen and his team.