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.