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Mountain West releases football schedule; Battle for the Cannon on Oct. 26

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UNLV fans yell as the UNR football team takes the field Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at Sam Boyd Stadium. UNR came from behind and won the game, for the eighth consecutive time, 42-37.

UNLV vs. UNR 2012

UNLV fans react to UNR's go-ahead touchdown during their game Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at Sam Boyd Stadium. UNR came from behind and won the game, for the eighth consecutive time, 42-37. Launch slideshow »

The UNLV football team will open conference play at New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 2, the Mountain West announced Thursday afternoon.

The Mountain West released its entire schedule, including all the dates and matchups for the leagues first 12-team conference season. It all leads up to the inaugural Mountain West football championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7, to be played at the participating school ranked higher in the BCS rankings.

After traveling to New Mexico, the Rebels will have the first of two bye weeks after not having any last season. That can happen because UNLV is playing one fewer game this year — 12 instead of 13 — and going one week further into November.

The Battle for the Fremont Cannon this year is in Reno on Saturday, Oct. 26, the same day as the Nevada Day Parade. UNLV’s full schedule, including the four nonconference games, is listed below. Times and TV information are still in the works and should be announced later in spring. All games are on Saturday unless otherwise noted.

8/29 — at Minnesota (Thursday)

9/7 — Arizona

9/14 — Central Michigan

9/21 — Western Illinois

9/28 — at New Mexico

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10/12 — Hawaii

10/19 — at Fresno State

10/26 — at UNR

11/2 — San Jose State

11/9 — Utah State

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11/21 — at Air Force (Thursday)

11/30 — San Diego State

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  1. Awesome job picking a picture of fans with middle fingers. Real classy.

  2. @snob - I don't have much hope either, but I don't hope that it's his last year. If that's the case, then that means the Rebels sucked once again in football.

  3. They need to move this game to Rivarly week, the last week of the season. Especially for us UNLV fans. By that point the season would be over, but it will give us one last thing to root for, beating our Rival.

  4. the las vegas sports books are cringing at this schedule . if they make the season win total at 4 again I would be surprised . looks like only 3 wins again on schedule . if the las vegas Hilton makes it 4 wins I will jump all over the under because it has cashed the last 3 years .

  5. Since there is no football or basketball going on right now, it would be a good time to find 2 new head coaches.

  6. @snob: I would not take Central Michigan as a should win game, they did eke out a bowl win last year. Even though I am a Rebel homer, I like Hauk and I think Hauk's teams have shown improvement in play every year, glaringly their win total has not improved and I don't count on a turn around this year. And the teams that looked like locks on the schedule, Dixie, NAU, etc... have beaten us; so, it is hard to see any sure wins for this team. But with the continued improvement of the offense and hopefully better defensive play, I think there is a possible 5 wins but with past as prolog, I only expect 2 wins (Wester Illinois, and Hawaii,,, possibles as: Minnesota - I think we should match up well plus it is the first game of the season for both teams, Central Michigan, and UNM).

    @antigov: There is no defense of keeping Hauk based on his record; although, I believe he should be allowed/forced to coach the full length of his contract. To fire Hauk then then hire another coach just to fire that coach before his time is up and buy out his contract is just a plain waste of money and effort. It's not like UNLV is going to lose any more of its thin fan base; if you've continued to stay a fan this long, another year is not going to make that much of a difference. UNLV is not and has not been a football power, and to pretend that UNLV's fortunes would turn around and become a power as soon as they hire a new coach is ludicrous. UNLV has the past experience to prove that fruitless. UNLV should use their money more wisely by seeing out Hauk's contract, before getting a new coach, IMHO. As for firing Rice, with all due respect, whatever. As a second year head coach with 50+ wins, Rice has earned time, and with time will come experience. Measuring anyone, let alone Rice, to Tarkanian is unfair and a sure path to disappointment.