Lobo Football Announces 2010 Schedule
March 29, 2010
The 2010 University of New Mexico football schedule was finalized this afternoon as the Mountain West Conference announced the dates, times and television coverage for all 36 conference games. New Mexico will play all 12 games on Saturdays with nine televised nationally on The Mountain West Sports Network HD (The Mtn.) and one available nationwide in high definition on VERSUS. Both channels are available on DirecTV. UNM will play six games at home and six on the road this fall.
Television for the Oregon and New Mexico State games will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned to GoLobos.com for additional information regarding those games.
Once again, New Mexico will play an incredibly attractive and challenging schedule. The Lobos' 12 opponents had a combined record of 86-66 (.566) in 2009 with four teams that won at least 10 games last year: Oregon, Utah, BYU and TCU. UNM faces seven bowl teams from a year ago, including three on the road. The Lobos battle five teams that finished in the final 2009 polls - TCU (6/6), Oregon (11/11), BYU (12/12), Utah (18/18) and Texas Tech (21/23).
New Mexico opens the 2010 season on the road at Oregon on Sept. 4. The Lobos under the direction of second-year head coach Mike Locksley will face the Ducks for the first time in school history. Oregon was 10-3 last year and reached the Rose Bowl.
The Lobos open the home schedule on Sept. 11 against Big 12 power Texas Tech at University Stadium, live on The Mtn.
Following the Texas Tech home opener, UNM opens conference play in week three against Utah at home on Sept. 18. New Mexico will travel to UNLV on Sept. 25. Both the Utah and UNLV games will be broadcast on The Mtn.
New Mexico hosts UTEP for Homecoming on Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. This will be the first time UNM has played the Miners at home since 2006. The final non-conference game will be at New Mexico State on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. The 101st meeting of the Rio Grande Rivalry will be played at Aggie Memorial Stadium.
UNM will be idle on Oct. 16 before resuming conference play for its final six games. Five of the final six games will be telecast on The Mtn. The Lobos face San Diego State in Albuquerque on Oct. 23 then travel to Colorado State the following week on Oct. 30.
The month of November features four bowl teams from 2009. The Lobos face Wyoming on Nov. 6 at home before traveling to Air Force on Nov. 13 and BYU on Nov. 20.
UNM wraps up the 2010 slate against TCU on Nov. 27 at home. The TCU game will be broadcast on VERSUS.
The 2010 MWC football schedule is comprised of 73 games, including 36 conference match-ups. The 2010 schedule plays out over 14 weeks and concludes Saturday, December 4. Fifty-three of the 55 MWC-controlled games are set for Saturdays (96 percent) and every conference match-up will be televised.
The MWC will play 14 games against Bowl Championship Series automatic-qualifying conference opponents including seven against the Big 12, three match-ups with the Pac-10, two contests against the Big East and one each against the ACC and Big Ten. The remainder of the non-conference schedule features 12 games against the WAC and two match-ups with C-USA and the MAC. There are three games scheduled against Football Bowl Subdivision independents Army, Navy and Notre Dame, and four home dates with Football Championship Subdivision programs.
The 2010 schedule currently features a minimum of 52 telecasts that will be available on a national basis. CBS College Sports Network will air nine games and VERSUS is scheduled for eight telecasts. The Mtn. will televise 30 games, again featuring a unique telecast schedule that includes triple-headers on select weekends to maximize institutional exposure and provide fans all the MWC football action. The entire slate of games on VERSUS, CBS College Sports Network and The Mtn. will be produced in high-definition (HD).
Oregon finished No. 11 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Polls after going 10-3 in 2009. The Ducks reached the Rose Bowl last year and have made five straight bowl appearances. Oregon has had three 10-win seasons in the last five years. During the last five years, Oregon has averaged 9.2 wins per year. Chip Kelly enters his second year in Eugene. The Ducks were 7-0 at home last year and have won 10 straight inside Autzen Stadium.
Texas Tech will be under the direction of first-year head coach Tommy Tuberville. Tuberville, who took over after a successful stint at Auburn, inherits a team that went 9-4 in 2009 and played in the Alamo Bowl. Texas Tech was 5-3 in the Big 12 last season and finished ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 23 in the USA Today Poll. The Red Raiders have made 10 consecutive bowl appearances and rank ninth nationally for longest bowl streak.
UTEP is coming off a 4-8 season and went 3-5 during Conference USA action. The Miners are led by seventh-year head coach Mike Price. Price has guided UTEP to 34 wins during his six seasons in El Paso, the most since 1965-70. UTEP went 1-5 on the road last year with its only win coming at New Mexico State, 38-12. Price has taken the Miners to two bowl games during his tenure (2004, 2005).
New Mexico State was 3-10 in 2009 under first-year head coach DeWayne Walker. Walker guided the Aggies to their first win at New Mexico since 1999 last year and is still in the rebuilding stage. NMSU went 1-7 in 2009 during Western Athletic Conference action.
UNM's 12 opponents had a combined record of 86-66 (.566) in 2009
UNM will face 5 teams that were ranked in the final polls in 2009...TCU (No. 6), Oregon (No. 11), BYU (No. 12), Utah (18) and Texas Tech (No. 21/23)
The Lobos face 7 teams that played in a bowl game in 2009
UNM will face 7 teams that had winning records in 2009
New Mexico plays four teams that won at least 10 games last year: Oregon, TCU, BYU and Utah...the Lobos play at Oregon and at BYU...TCU and Utah come to Albuquerque
UNM starts the season Sept. 4 at Oregon...New Mexico has never played Oregon. The Ducks are the only new opponent on the 2010 schedule.
New Mexico opens its home season Sept. 11 against Texas Tech...the 2010 meeting will be the 43rd all-time encounter between the two programs...TTU defeated UNM 48-28 last year in Lubbock.
UNM travels to New Mexico State on Oct. 9....it will be the 101st meeting in the Rio Grande Rivalry...last year NMSU defeated New Mexico 20-17 in Albuquerque...it was the first win for the Aggies in University Stadium since 1999
The Mountain West Conference schedule features home games against three bowl teams from 2009 - Wyoming, TCU and Utah...San Diego State will also come to Albuquerque...the away games are at Air Force, UNLV, BYU and Colorado State
UNLV is the only MWC school with a new coach...the Rebels introduced Bobby Hauck as the new head coach on Dec. 23, 2009. Hauck was the head coach at Montana prior to joining the conference.
Television Channel Accessibility
The Mtn. Comcast 276 DirecTV 616
VERSUS Comcast 37 DirecTV 603 Dish 151