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BYU football reportedly schedules Nevada as nonconference opponent in 2024

The Cougars and Wolfpack have history and now Nevada is the first known nonconference foe of BYU’s Big 12 era.

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BYU players celebrate against Boise State during an NCAA college football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.

Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News

Come 2024, BYU football will be in its second season competing as a member of the Big 12 conference.

Any official Big 12 conference schedule is still far from being finalized — the Big 12 reportedly is in discussions about creating divisions — but the Cougars’ 2024 nonconference schedule is already beginning to take shape.

According to a report from Nevada Sports Net’s Chris Murray, BYU will kick off the 2024 college football season by hosting the Nevada Wolfpack at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Aug. 31.

The contract, obtained by Nevada Sports Net via a public records request, was reportedly finalized in November, and BYU will pay Nevada $100,000 to play, with a $1 million cancelation policy.

Per FBSSchedules, BYU is currently scheduled to host UCF for its 2024 season opener, but with both the Knights and Cougars joining the Big 12, along with the Cincinnati Bearcats and Houston Cougars, that matchup is subject to change.

Nevada and BYU have played 10 times in their history, and the Cougars hold a 5-3-2 edge in the series. The last matchup between the schools came in October 2014 in Provo and ended in 42-35 Nevada win.