The Wolf Pack has set up a two-game series with one of its former Big West and WAC rivals.
According to FBSschedules.com, Nevada will play New Mexico State in 2021 and 2022, with the Aggies traveling to Reno in 2021 and the Wolf Pack going to Las Cruces in 2022. The website obtained the contract via a public records request filed to Nevada.
Nevada and New Mexico State have played 15 times, with the Wolf Pack posting a 13-2 record in the series. Nevada is 6-2 at home against NMSU and 7-0 on the road. The teams played from 1992-99 as Big West foes and 2005-11 as WAC opponents.
The games are the second non-conference tilts in both the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Nevada also will play at Kansas State in 2021 and at Cal in 2022. Payouts for the NMSU game were not released on FBSschedules.com.
NMSU played in the Sun Belt from 2014-2017 before being cut loose by the conference and playing an independent FBS schedule in 2018. The Aggies went 3-9 last season and have historically struggled, with just one bowl appearance since 1961, that coming in 2017 when the team went 7-6. That was the program's only winning season since 2002. NMSU has won more than four games only once since 2005. The school is 20-53 in six seasons under head coach Doug Martin.
Here is a look at Nevada's future football schedules (There is some debate over whether that Cal game will be played in 2021 or 2022, and I'll follow up on that later. Nevada has it listed as 2022, so we'll keep it there for now).
WOLF PACK’S NON-CONFERENCE PAYOUTS
Here’s a look at Nevada’s non-conference payouts for its future-scheduled games.
Aug. 31: vs. Purdue (-$400,000)
Sept. 7: at Oregon (+$650,000)
Sept. 14: vs. Weber State (-$400,000)
Sept. 21: at UTEP (+$400,000)
Aug. 29: vs. UC Davis (-$375,000)
Sept. 5: at Penn State (+$1.45 million)
Sept. 12: vs. UTEP (-$400,000)
Sept. 19: at South Florida (+$225,000)
Sept. 18: at Kansas State (+$1 million)
Oct. 9: vs. New Mexico State (unknown payment)
Sept. 3: at Cal (unknown payment)
Sept. 17: at New Mexico State (unknown payment)
A look at the top-10 one-game guarantees in Wolf Pack football history.
1. at Texas A&M (2015), $1.5 million
2. at Penn State (2020), $1.45 million
3. at Northwestern (2017), $1.3 million
4t. at Notre Dame (2016), $1 million
4t. at Kansas State (2021), $1 million
6. at Vanderbilt (2018), $900,000
7. at Nebraska (2007), $750,000
8t. at Oregon (2019), $650,000
8t. at Note Dame (2009), $650,000
10t. at Florida State (2013), $600,000