UNLV has made a late addition to its 2014 football schedule by agreeing to play at Houston on Sept. 20, 2014 and be the first opponent in Houston's brand new stadium. The Rebels are able to add this 13th game to the schedule since they go to Hawaii and that allows for another game to offset that cost. Typically teams play an extra home game but UNLV is going on the road, but they will not end up empty handed as Houston will pay $400,000 to bring in UNLV.
UNLV is already banned for the upcoming bowl season due to low APR scores, so it is the right move to get an extra game on the schedule for this year's Rebel squad.
UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy was excited to be able to add Houston to the upcoming schedule:
"We saw nothing but positives in adding a trip to Houston to the schedule," said Kunzer-Murphy. "Taking the team to play in a high-profile city and their brand-new stadium, while also helping our budget, is something that was certainly appealing. We are also excited to travel to an area of the country where a good number of our players call home. I want to thank University of Houston athletics director Mack Rhoades and his staff for their work in making this happen and we are looking forward to a great game."
Houston needed some help in getting this game since Tennessee Tech was originally scheduled to play Houston, but the FCS program was gracious enough to move their game against Houston to the first weekend in September.
This is a win-win for both programs as UNLV gets this extra game when a bowl game is off the table, and Houston gets a winnable opponent on the schedule that is not a second FCS team.
Houston Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades said the addition of UNLV was done for "strength of schedule" as it pertains to the College Football Playoff. That is a laughable comment but it does make sense toward Houston possibly earning the automatic bid for a New Year's Day Bowl from the non-power five conferences.