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UNLV football game at Air Force to be televised on ESPNU


Stephen Sylvanie

Rebels receiver Marcus Sullivan breaks free for a large first half gain against Air Force at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday night.

UNLV's football game at Air Force on Thursday, Nov. 21, will be on ESPNU, it was announced Tuesday afternoon. The Mountain West released the first seven televised games as part of its deal with the ESPN networks. It includes four straight Friday night games on ESPN.

The Air Force game, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Las Vegas time, is UNLV’s only appearance on the ESPN networks, although more could be added later. The league still has to announce the broadcast details for CBS Sports Network, which remains the primary rights holder for the Mountain West, plus any additional ESPN telecasts.

Between CBSSN and ESPN, up to 44 football games may be televised over their various platforms. The initial lineup of ESPN games includes three appearances for Air Force and two each for Boise State and San Jose State, which is joining the league this year along with Utah State.

The Rebels-Falcons game will be an interdivision matchup as Air Force is in the Mountain and UNLV in the West of the league’s new division format. The other teams on the Rebels’ half are Fresno State, Hawaii, UNR, San Diego State and San Jose State. The Rebels play all of those teams, plus road games at Air Force and New Mexico and a home game against Utah State. Their full schedule is here.

The Air Force game is one of two Thursday matchups for the Rebels this year, and they’ll have plenty of time to prepare for both of them. UNLV opens the season on a Thursday at Minnesota and then will face the Falcons off a bye week. That could be a nice advantage, as preparing for Air Force’s ground attack and cut blocks often requires more work than teams have time for in a single week.

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  1. I think Gorman plays on ESPN more this next year than UNLV does.

  2. I hope the Rebels do well next year, but I don't want to get my hopes up and be disappointed.