Nevada football coach Jay Norvell discusses the upcoming Arizona Bowl and updates the Pack’s latest recruiting news.
Duke Ritenhouse, email@example.com
The Big Ten, the Pac-12, and a season-ending rivalry game — not to mention two bye weeks — highlight the 2019 Nevada football schedule, announced Monday by the university and the Mountain West.
The Wolf Pack, 8-5 last season and winners of the Arizona Bowl, will open at home Aug. 31 against Purdue of the Big Ten. The next week brings a trip to Oregon, giving Nevada back-to-back games against Power 5 teams to open the season.
Nevada’s Mountain West opener is Sept. 28 at home against Hawaii. Two months later, the battle for the Fremont Cannon will end the regular season, with UNLV scheduled for a Nov. 30 game at Mackay Stadium.
Nevada head coach Jay Norvell leads his team onto the field to take on Portland State at Mackay Stadium in Reno on Aug. 31, 2018. (Photo: Jason Bean/RGJ)
Other highlights on the Pack’s 2019 schedule include:
* Three straight games against Mountain Division opponents, beginning Oct. 19. Nevada plays Utah State and Wyoming in back-to-back road games, then returns home to face New Mexico on Nov. 2.
* Consecutive road trips to face West Division foes San Diego State and Fresno State in November.
* Two bye weeks. The first comes on the weekend of Oct. 5, following the Hawaii game and before a home game against San Jose State. The second comes on the weekend of Nov. 16, between the trips to San Diego State and Fresno State.
* Games against six bowl teams from last season — Purdue, Oregon, Hawaii, Utah State, San Diego State, and Fresno State.
The Mountain West also released its full conference schedule Monday, with 97 total games — including 48 conference games — on the slate. The MW season opens Aug. 24 when Arizona plays at Hawaii.
No starting times have been announced for any of Nevada’s games. Dates are also subject to change as the Mountain West works with its TV partners to finalize dates and kickoff times.
Aug. 31: vs. Purdue
Sept. 7: at Oregon
Sept. 14: vs. Weber State
Sept. 21: at UTEP
Sept. 28: vs. Hawaii
Oct. 12: vs. San José State
Oct. 19: at Utah State
Oct. 26: at Wyoming
Nov. 2: vs. New Mexico
Nov. 9: at San Diego State
Nov. 23: at Fresno State
Nov. 30: vs. UNLV