Craig Bohl

University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman, right, shakes hands with head football coach Craig Bohl at Bohl’s introductory press conference on Dec. 8, 2013.

Wyoming's nonconference football schedules are set through the 2019 season.

The Star-Tribune, through a public records request, obtained contracts for six new games for the 2017-22 seasons.

The Cowboys will play home-and-home series with Texas State (2017 and 2019) and Tulsa (2019 and 2022) along with guarantee games at home against Football Championship Subdivision opponents Gardner-Webb (2017) and Wofford (2018).

The Cowboys' 2015 season opens Saturday against North Dakota, which will rake in $325,000 for playing in Laramie. UW will then begin home-and-home series with Eastern Michigan, at home, and on the road at Washington State and Appalachian State.

In 2016, Wyoming will play its return game at Eastern Michigan and finish up a two-for-one series with Nebraska on the road. The Huskers came to Laramie in 2011 and UW played at Lincoln in 2013.

Wyoming coach Craig Bohl's third season will also feature home contests against Northern Illinois, on the front end of a home-and-home; and a guarantee game against UC-Davis, in which the Aggies will receive $400,000.

The Cowboys' 2015 and 2016 schedules follow UW Athletic Director Tom Burman's preferred nonconference scheduling formula.

"We try to balance our schedule so we play two home and two road nonconference games," Burman told the Star-Tribune. "We prefer to have one FCS game and two FBS programs of similar stature and then one challenge game. It would be great to play three at home, but that is very difficult."

In 2017, the Cowboys will, in fact, play three home games. They'll receive $1 million to open the season at Iowa before paying Gardner-Webb $400,000 to travel to Laramie. UW will also host Oregon to complete a home-and-home before beginning its series with Texas State.

The following year, Washington State will pay a visit to War Memorial Stadium before UW begins home-and-home series on the road at Missouri and Idaho. The Cowboys will close their nonconference slate at home with a guarantee game, paying $400,000 to Wofford.

In 2019, Wyoming will finish up its series with Missouri (home), Texas State (away) and Idaho (home) before beginning a home-and-home series with a road game at Tulsa.

The Cowboys' lone nonconference game on the docket for 2020 is the first of a home-and-home with Texas Tech, which will begin in Lubbock.

In 2021, UW will host Appalachian State and play at Northern Illinois to close out those series. It'll also receive $1.1 million to play at Clemson.

Tulsa will play its return game in Laramie in 2022, while Texas Tech — which was originally set to play at UW in 2022 — will finish its series with the Cowboys in 2023.

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Holmgren covers University of Wyoming athletics. In both 2015 and 2016, the Associated Press Sports Editors named him one of the top 10 beat writers in the country in the under-30,000 circulation category.

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