MWC announces dates of Frogs? seven conference matchups

The Mountain West Conference has placed TCU’s football schedule on the window sill to cool until its Sept. 3 season opener at Baylor.

The MWC on Thursday announced the dates of the Frogs’ seven conference matchups for the Frogs’ seventh and final year as a MWC member. TCU’s second road game of the season will represent their conference opener Sept. 10 at Air Force.

The Frogs will then play three nonconference games, all home dates against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 17, Portland State on Sept. 24 and Southern Methodist on Oct. 1 before their next conference game at San Diego State on Oct. 8.

The Frogs will play their first MWC home game against New Mexico on Oct. 22 following a bye week before playing former MWC rival Brigham Young on Oct. 28 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

The BYU game will be nationally televised on ESPN2 and marks back-to-back seasons TCU has played a nonconference opponent at Cowboys Stadium to fill a scheduling void left after Texas Tech backed out of scheduled nonconference matchups with the Frogs.

TCU then will go on the road to Laramie, Wyo., to play Wyoming on Nov. 5 and to Boise, Idaho, to play Boise State on the blue turf Nov. 12. It will mark the first and only MWC matchup between TCU and Boise State before TCU moves to the Big East in 2012.

The Frogs then will wrap up the regular season at home versus Colorado State on Nov. 19 and UNLV on Dec. 3, with another bye week sandwiched between the final MWC games over Thanksgiving weekend.

Here is the full 2011 TCU football schedule:

Sept. 3 – at Baylor

Sept. 10 – at Air Force*

Sept. 17 – vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Sept. 24 – vs. Portland State

Oct. 1 – vs. SMU

Oct. 8 – at San Diego State*

Oct. 22 – vs. New Mexico*

Oct. 28 – vs. BYU, 7 p.m.

Nov. 5 – at Wyoming*

Nov. 12 – at Boise State*

Nov. 19 – vs. Colorado State*

Dec. 3 – vs. UNLV*

* = Conference game