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Mark your calendars: UNLV’s 2012 football schedule officially set with four home games to open season

The Rebels open Mountain West Conference play Sept. 22 at home by hosting Air Force


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UNLV defensive players celebrate after shutting down a Colorado State drive at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011.

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The UNLV football team’s 13-game schedule for the 2012 season is officially set. And, for a team looking to improve on consecutive two-win seasons, the Rebels have to be pleased with how the schedule lines up.

The Mountain West Conference on Friday released dates for league games, with UNLV playing home contests at Sam Boyd Stadium against Air Force (Sept. 22), UNR (Oct. 13) in the Fremont Cannon game, New Mexico (Nov. 3) and Wyoming (Nov. 17). The Air Force game will be UNLV's fourth straight home game to open the season, and part of a seven-game home schedule.

On the road, the Rebels will play at Boise State (Oct. 20), San Diego State (Oct. 27), Colorado State (Nov. 10) and Hawaii (Nov. 24).

”I like the games we have scheduled at home but it does lead to playing on the road four out of five weeks,” UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said in a statement. “The middle of our schedule features a tough stretch against six straight opponents that played in bowl games last year, but we’re determined to work hard at making this a season our fans can enjoy and be proud of.”

UNR, Hawaii and Fresno State will be new additions to the Mountain West Conference this fall — the Rebels won’t play Fresno State.

The Rebels had two bye weeks in 2011 in finishing with a 2-10 record. In 2012, they play every week. They haven’t won a road game since the 2009 season.

For non-league games, the Rebels open Aug. 30 (a Thursday night) against Minnesota, host Northern Arizona on Sept. 8 and Washington State on Sept. 15. On the road, the Rebels play non-league games Sept. 29 at Utah State and Oct. 6 at Louisiana Tech.

Spring practices begin March 12 for coach Bobby Hauck’s third season at the helm of the program.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. Another year of getting our butts kick.

  2. This is great news!!

    We have a chance to be competitive with a noncompetitive schedule.

    Bobby Hauck is a genius.... if you can't win the hard games..... change the schedule.

  3. This is where Rebels make their move up the leader board! Come on Rebs!