CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now)- This will be the 111th annual Border War between the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University, and the 52nd battle for the Bronze Boot trophy. The rivalry marks the longest college football rivalry, west of the Mississippi River. For tradition, each school’s ROTC program carries their game ball and runs to the border to exchange it with the other program. The Bronze Boot is also brought to the border, before making its way to the stadium for game day. The rivalry has a lot of story lines, as both schools have recruited athletes from both states.
"Personally I’m from Colorado so it's a pretty big deal,” UW Cadet Sergeant Colton Davidson said. “I love Colorado so I have to represent both states, but eventually I came to Wyoming for a reason."
Both programs have respect for each other, and keep things friendly. However, competition still remains at a high level.
"We keep it nice, but when there's competition, there's competition,” Davidson said.
“We've got great respect for Colorado State but make no mistakes, it's going to be an intense ball game and we're fired up," UW head coach, Craig Bohl said.
The Cowboys have won the Bronze Boot the last three seasons, winning 34-21 last season. With a win, Wyoming increases their chances for a bowl bid. CSU leads the all-time series with a record of 58-47-5. Wyoming leads the Bronze Boot trophy series at 27-24. The game will take place at War Memorial Stadium tonight at 7:30pm MST.