Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier took a little heat for stating that he wanted $900,000 to $1 million for a guarantee game in 2011, but on Thursday Bleymaier got what he asked for.
Boise State and Ole Miss announced that the two schools would meet in the 2011 season opener on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss.
Ole Miss will pay the Broncos $900,000 for the trip. The Broncos received $1.25 million to play Virginia Tech at FedEx Field in the 2010 opener on Labor Day weekend.
A game time has not been announced.
“This will be a great game to start the 2011 season,” Bleymaier said in a statement. “Playing a team coached by Houston Nutt will add to the fun and excitement.”
Nutt actually coached the Broncos in 1997 before leaving in 1998 to go to Arkansas.
The announcement completes Boise State’s 2011 nonconference schedule, which includes five games because the Broncos play at Hawaii. The Broncos host Wyoming on Sept. 10, Tulsa on Sept. 24 and Utah on Oct. 1. Boise State will travel to Toledo on Sept. 17.