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USF football will play at Nevada in September



UPDATE: Nevada has officially announced the home-and-home we reported Monday night. Bulls play in Reno on Sept. 8 and the Wolf Pack come to Tampa in 2015.


USF football has completed its 2012 schedule with a fifth nonconference opponent, and the Bulls will travel to face Nevada in Reno in the second week of the season.

The Wolf Pack went 7-6 in 2011, losing to Southern Miss in the Hawaii Bowl after going 5-2 in their final season in the Western Athletic Conference. Nevada is scheduled to join the Mountain West Conference starting with the 2012 season.

USF had to pick up a fifth nonconference game because TCU's decision not to join the Big East kept the league from having eight conference games as once scheduled. The Bulls already had four nonconference games in place -- opening the season at home Sept. 1 against I-AA Chattanooga, traveling to Ball State on Sept. 22, playing host to Florida State on Sept. 29 and traveling to face Miami on Nov. 24. USF has four conference home games in 2012, so the Bulls will have six home games.

The two schools have signed on to play a home-and-home series, with Nevada coming to Tampa in a future season. USF's 2013 schedule should be complete, so the Wolf Pack will likely come to Raymond James Stadium in 2014 or later.

Nevada has a 4-13 record against BCS-conference schools in the last 10 years, having won at Washington in 2003, at home against Northwestern in 2006 and Cal in 2010, and in a 2010 bowl game against Boston College. USF will be the sixth BCS-league school to come to Reno in the last eight years, joining Washington State (2005), Northwestern (2006), Texas Tech (2008), Missouri (2009) and California (2010).

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 9:33am]


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