2014 Football Schedule Released
Feb. 20, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV football team will play the Battle for the Fremont Cannon vs. Nevada, Reno at the end of the regular season for the first time since 1977 as part of the complete league schedule that was released by the Mountain West Conference Thursday.
Mountain West national television partners CBS Sports Network and ESPN will now initiate a selection procedure that will include the shifting of particular games to Thursdays and Fridays. That will be followed by the identification of network outlets and kick times, along with the picks for regional partner ROOT SPORTS and the Mountain West Network powered by Campus Insiders.
The 47th season of UNLV football kicks off Aug. 30 with the Rebels' visiting Arizona for just the second time ever and first time since 2001. The trip to Tucson follows the Wildcats' visit to Las Vegas last fall.
UNLV's home schedule opens Sept. 6 with Big Sky Conference member Northern Colorado coming to Sam Boyd Stadium in a game that was originally announced as being two weeks later. This will mark just the second meeting between the schools as the Rebels downed the Bears 35-31 in 1979.
On Sept. 13, perennial Mid-American Conference power Northern Illinois will make its first trip to Las Vegas since 1987 to kick off a two-game series with UNLV.
After the first of two bye weeks, the Rebels will open their conference schedule with back-to-back road games in California vs. fellow-West Division opponents. First up is a Sept. 27 contest at San Diego State that marks the earliest meeting with the Aztecs since a non-conference game in 1982. The following week on Oct. 4, UNLV plays at San Jose State for the first time since the teams were both members of the WAC in 1996.
The school's only October home game in 2014 is set for Oct. 11 when defending MW champion Fresno State takes on the Rebels in Las Vegas for the first time since 1996. After a second bye week, UNLV then plays at Utah State Oct. 25.
For the second straight season, the Rebels will play three home games in November. New Mexico comes in Nov. 1 and Air Force flies down one week later on Nov. 8. The final non-conference game will see UNLV play at BYU on Nov. 15 in the first meeting with the Cougars since they left the MW after the 2010 campaign.
A trip to Hawai'i is scheduled for Nov. 22 and the home finale will see UNR come to Sam Boyd Stadium during Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday Nov. 29. The in-state rivals used to regularly end their season against each other (six times from 1969-77) before the game moved up on the calendar.
"We already knew the non-conference schedule would be demanding but having back-to-back road games twice during the season will be a really big challenge for us," UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck said. "I am very excited that the rivalry game is at the end of the season. That's where it should be."
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2014 UNLV FOOTBALL SCHEDULE