Breaking News: BYU Football Plays Ole Miss To Kick Off 2011 Season

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Breaking News: BYU Football Plays Ole Miss To Kick Off 2011 Season
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It's official: BYU will kick off next season against SEC staple Ole Miss on September 3, 2011, according to a press release from the Cougar athletic department.

The release states: “Both schools needed a game and it turned out to be a good opportunity. We knew it would be a challenge to fill the 2011 football schedule after announcing we were going independent just a few months ago. We are fortunate to schedule a quality SEC opponent with a long, storied tradition like Ole Miss.” 

The meeting will be the first between the two schools. Mississippi, like BYU has seen tough times this season, currently sporting a 4-6 record with two top 25 teams left to play. 

Various sources are also reporting the Cougars will get $900,000 to play in the game, a number which nearly matches the entire TV payout the school has seen from its current TV deal this year. 

BYU now has one game left to schedule, currently looking at a formidable first half schedule which includes Ole Miss, Oregon State, Texas, Hawaii, Utah and Central Florida.

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