The Nevada Wolf Pack will be playing a pair of football games in the future with an old conference foe.
The Wolf Pack and the UTEP Miners have agreed to play a home and home series in 2019 and 2020. The former WAC rivals will play in El Paso on September 21st, 2019 and the Wolf Pack will host the game in Reno on September 12, 2020. The story was first reported by FBSchedules.com on Friday.
Nevada and UTEP have only played three times and all three of those times was when both schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference. The Miners won their meeting with Nevada in 2000 but the Wolf Pack defeated UTEP in 2001 and 2002.
The road team in this series will get $400,000 from the home team as per the agreement between the two schools. The contract also comes with a $400,000 buyout should the games be canceled but that buyout penalty is waived if the games are canceled due to conference realignment.
Nevada has already made changes to their future schedule by adding a road trip to Northwestern for the 2017 season that has a $1.3 million payout. The Wolf Pack also tweaked the schedule for 2017 by removing a game against Idaho and replacing them with Idaho State.
The Wolf Pack have also adding a 2019 road date with Oregon and have the agreement to play UTEP on the road as well and will host Purdue. Nevada still needs to add one more non-conference game to their 2019 schedule. In 2020, Nevada has the home game against UTEP and a road game against South Florida but still have one game left to add to their non-conference schedule for that year. Expect the Wolf Pack to fill that spot soon.