BYU thawing out its relationship with the schools it left behind when it departed the Mountain West Conference for football independence continues.
BYU and UNLV announced Monday that they have agreed to another two-game series. The teams will meet Nov. 4, 2023 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo and Nov. 2, 2024 at Las Vegas Stadium (currently under construction) in Las Vegas.
BYU also announced it will host North Alabama at LES on Nov. 21, 2020. The addition of the Lions completes the Cougars’ 2020 schedule and comes between games against San Diego State and Stanford.
North Alabama is an FCS independent, but will join the Big South Conference in 2019 and is transitioning to the FBS.
The Cougars and Rebels have met twice since BYU left the Mountain West, so Monday’s news that the two schools want to continue to play each other isn’t surprising. The Cougars won 42-23 in Provo in 2014 and 31-21 last season in Las Vegas.
BYU is scheduled to play in Las Vegas on Sept. 4, 2021 against Arizona in a game that quite likely will be played in the new stadium being built for the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas. There is also speculation that BYU and Notre Dame are working on a plan to play at the stadium shortly after it opens, a game that might fulfill the Irish’s contract to return a game to BYU for the two played in South Bend, Ind., in 2012 and 2013.
BYU holds a 17-3 advantage in its all-time series with UNLV and was 15-3 against the Rebels when the schools were members of the Mountain West and Western Athletic conferences.
BYU’s finalized 2020 schedule
Sept. 3, 4 or 5 — at Utah
Sept. 12 — Michigan State
Sept. 19 — at Arizona State
Sept. 26 — at Minnesota
Oct. 2 — Utah State
Oct. 10 — Missouri
Oct. 17 — Houston
Oct. 24 — at Northern Illinois
Oct. 31 — OPEN
Nov. 7 — at Boise State
Nov. 14 — San Diego State
Nov. 21 — North Alabama
Nov. 28 — at Stanford