March 3, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ---- The 2011 University of New Mexico football schedule was finalized today by the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos will play all 12 games on Saturdays with six games being played in University Stadium. The television schedule and game times will be released later this spring.
New Mexico will play another tough schedule in 2011. The Lobos face seven bowl teams from a year ago, and the 12 opponents had a combined record of 88-64 (.579) in 2010. UNM faces four teams with at least 10 wins last season in Arkansas, Nevada, TCU and Boise State. The Lobos play four of their first five games at home and have two bye weeks this year.
"I'm pleased with our schedule but there are some challenges," said New Mexico head football coach Mike Locksley. "It's always nice to play at home early and allow your team to develop. The two bye weeks come at good times for us with an extended schedule that reaches into December."
The 2011 season and conference opener is against Colorado State on Sept. 3 in University Stadium. UNM has opened the season with a conference game in two of the last four years. The first road trip is set for Sept. 10 against Arkansas. The Razorback game will be played in Little Rock, Ark., at War Memorial Stadium. Home games against Texas Tech on Sept. 17 and Sam Houston State on Sept. 24 round out the month of September. Sam Houston State will be the annual Homecoming game for the Lobos.
The Rio Grande Rivalry with New Mexico State is set for October 1 in Albuquerque, and is followed by a bye week. UNM then travels to Nevada on Oct. 15 and TCU on Oct. 22. The Lobos host Air Force on Oct. 29 before playing at San Diego State on Nov. 5.
The UNLV game on Nov. 12 will be Senior Day, and is the home finale. UNM closes out the regular-season with back-to-back road games at Wyoming on Nov. 19 and Boise State on Dec. 3. The Wyoming and Boise State games are split by the final bye week.