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

Ryan TeeplesCorrespondent INovember 19, 2010

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Head coach Bronco Mendenhall of the BYU Cougars heads his team against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  TCU beat BYU 31-3.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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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.