RENO, Nev. – The Nevada football team will play host to UNLV, Air Force, Hawaii and San Jose State at Mackay Stadium as part of the 2013 Mountain West conference schedule released by the league today.
Nevada’s 2013 road conference games will be at Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State and San Diego State. The conference released opponents for each of the next four seasons as part of the new divisional format of the league for football beginning this fall. Dates for the 2013 Mountain West portion of the schedule will be available in the coming weeks.
Nevada’s 2013 schedule is now complete in terms of opponents and locations. The Wolf Pack will open Aug. 31 at UCLA, and will play UC Davis at Mackay Stadium in Reno on Sept. 14. Nevada will go on the road the following week to play at Florida State. The final non-conference game games Nov. 30 at home against BYU.
The inaugural Mountain West Football Championship Game will be played December 7, 2013 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking.
“It’s a tough conference schedule year-in and year-out,” first year Wolf Pack coach Brian Polian said. “It doesn’t matter which divisional opponents you get home or away and which teams from the other division you get or miss each year. That shows right there just how good of a football conference that the Mountain West is.”
2013 Wolf Pack football season tickets are currently on sale, starting at $90 per seat. Tickets for the Wolf Pack’s opener at UCLA are also available for $45 per seat in the Wolf Pack’s section at the Rose Bowl. You can buy online at NevadaWolfPack.com or call (775) 348-PACK.
Nevada’s home-away opponents for the conference for the next four years are as follows:
2013 Home MW Games: Air Force, Hawaii, San Jose State, UNLV.
2013 Road MW Games: Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State.
2014 Home MW Games: Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State.
2014 Road MW Games: Air Force, Hawaii, San Jose State, UNLV.
2015 Home MW Games: New Mexico, Hawaii, San Jose State, UNLV.
2015 Road MW Games: Utah State, Wyoming, Fresno State, San Diego State.
2016 Home MW Games: Utah State, Wyoming, Fresno State, San Diego State.
2016 Road MW Games: New Mexico, Hawaii, San Jose State, UNLV.
According to the conference, the scheduling format for the new 12-member football lineup was computer-generated and consists of five intra-divisional games and three cross-divisional contests annually. Each institution will play four home and four road conference games each season, and will play every Mountain West opponent home and away during each four-year cycle.
Intra-divisional opponents will alternate sites annually (three home/two away or two home/three away). The three cross-divisional opponents will be the same in each two-year period, with the site alternating from Year 1 to Year 2. The three cross-divisional opponents who are missed initially will appear on the schedule in the second two years of the cycle, again alternating sites from Year 3 to Year 4. The entire four-year sequence repeats beginning in 2017 and will continue thereafter.
Last month, the Mountain West’s directors of athletics formed two football divisions based upon common geographic regions and traditional rivalries, while also creating the first Mountain West Football Championship Game. Beginning in the fall of 2013, Mountain West football membership will include Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and UNLV in the West Division.