The Washington State Cougars were previously expected to open their 2017 football slate against Nevada, however a public records request obtained by FBSchedules.com indicates that's no longer the case.
According to the report, Nevada and WSU agreed a month ago to move the game back three weeks to Sept. 23, 2017. In its place, the Cougars will now open the season on Sept. 2 against Montana State, who was previously scheduled to play on Sept. 16, 2017.
FBSchedules.com reports that Montana State — coached by former WSU inside linebackers coach Jeff Choate — will receive a guaranteed $425,000 payout for the game.
The second-leg of a home-and-home against Boise State will still be played on Sept. 9, 2017, which means WSU could have a bye-week prior to wrapping up the non-conference schedule against Nevada. They could also schedule a conference game in the open slot.
As noted within the report, Washington State is expected to host Colorado, Stanford and Oregon State in 2017 and travel to Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington. USC and Utah will also be on the schedule, though it's unclear where those games will be played.
2017 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 2, 2017
Sept. 9, 2017
Sept. 16, 2017
Sept. 23, 2017
|Sept. 2, 2017||Montana State||Pullman, WA|
|Sept. 9, 2017||Boise State||Pullman, WA|
|Sept. 16, 2017||—||—|
|Sept. 23, 2017||Nevada||Pullman, WA|