The 2012 WAC football schedule has been released, putting to rest this spring’s burning question: Which teams are in the WAC this year? The conference has kindly answered this for us with a handy press release and chart. Highlights for the year ahead:
• Defending conference champ Louisiana Tech draws the hottest Thursday night slot of the year, beginning the season on opening day (that’s August 30, for you sickos setting countdown clocks right this minute). The Bulldogs have to do it in Shreveport against Texas A&M, but it’s a jewel of a matchup stacked against the likes of Idaho-Eastern Washington, New Mexico State-Sacramento State and Utah State-Southern Utah. It’s also one in which you shouldn’t necessarily write off the Bulldogs as a competitive opponent: Sonny Dykes’ brand of offense should be coming into its own this season, and Tech played new Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin’s Houston Cougars to a one-point loss last season.
• San Jose State straps in for a money game at Stanford on opening Saturday; apart from that surefire horrorshow, the grisliest game looks like Idaho at LSU in Baton Rouge on September 15.
• The FBS’ newest initiates draw markedly different opponents in their debut games: UTSA travels to Mobile to face 2013 Sun Belt pledge South Alabama, while Texas State is staring down Houston in Houston.