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Elijah Cooks charges into the endzone during a match against San Jose State on Oct. 12, 2019. Cooks will be returning for the Pack this fall for his senior season.

Although Nevada football is still months away from kickoff, the Pack can now countdown the days till week one. The 2020-21 Nevada football schedule was released on Feb. 27 and will see the Pack travel all over the country.

Nevada will host UC Davis, UTEP, San Diego State, Fresno State, Utah State and Wyoming. For their road schedule, the Wolf Pack will travel to Arkansas, South Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, San José State and UNLV. 

The Pack’s game against in-state rival, UNLV will be played at the yet-to-be-completed Allegiant Stadium. The Stadium is being constructed for the newly minted Las Vegas Raiders. The Rebels will also play their home games there this upcoming season.

All kick-off times for the upcoming season have yet to be announced. 

To open the season, Nevada will host UC Davis on Aug. 29. The Aggies are coming off a 5-7 season under head coach, Dan Hawkins. 

The Pack then heads on the road to play the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sept. 5. This match-up will be the debut of new Razorbacks head coach, Sam Pittman. Pittman was hired in Dec. of 2019 to replace Barry Lunney Jr., who led Arkansas to a disappointing 2-10 season in 2019. 

Nevada will return home on Sept. 12 to play host to UTEP. Nevada has won the last matchups against the Miners, including last season’s road game, a 37-21 victory in favor of the Pack. UTEP hasn’t traveled to Reno, since Nov. of 2002. 

To close out the non-conference portion of the schedule, the Wolf Pack will travel to Tampa, Fla. to take on South Florida on Sept. 12. This will only be the second time these two programs have played. The previous lone match-up came in 2012, when South Florida narrowly edged out the Pack, 32-31. 

To kick off the conference schedule portion of the Pack’s season, Nevada will play host to San Diego State on Sept. 26. The Wolf Pack currently has a two-game win streak over the Aztecs. San Diego State won the previous three match-ups prior to the streak.

Nevada will continue with their MWC schedule and jump on a plane to Hawai’i on Oct. 3. Since the Pack and Warriors last played, head coach Nick Rolovich departed the program to take over the head coach duties at Washington State. Last season, Nevada lost the match against Hawai’i, 54-3. 

The Wolf Pack then heads into the first of two BYE weeks, before returning to action on Oct. 17 when they travel to New Mexico. Nevada has not won in Albuquerque since Nov. of 2012. 

To close out Oct., Nevada is scheduled to host two MWC opponents: Fresno State and Utah State. Nevada will see Fresno State on Oct. 24 and Utah State on Oct. 31, Halloween. Nevada split games against these two conference foes in 2019, beating Fresno State 35-28 and falling to Utah State, 36-10.

In the Pack’s second to last road game of the season, Nevada travels to San Jose State on Nov. 7. Nevada has not lost to the Spartans since Oct. of 2016.

Nevada’s last appearance in Mackay for the year will take place on Nov. 14, as they play host to Wyoming. Last season, the Pack traveled to Wyoming but dropped the contest by a score of 31-3. The Cowboys are currently riding a three-game win streak over Nevada, dating back to Oct. of 2015.

The Wolf Pack will get one week of rest before closing out the season against UNLV in Las Vegas. Nevada will be aiming to paint the Fremont Cannon blue on Nov. 28—Thanksgiving weekend—something they have not done since 2017. 

The last two times Nevada played UNLV, the games had been decided by less than a touchdown. 

Ryan Freeberg can be reached at rfreeberg@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @SagebrushSports.