Rebels, Cougars to renew rivalry on football field

When BYU left the Mountain West Conference, it deprived Rebel fans of one of their most despised opponents. But the rivalry is returning—at least on the football field. UNLV announced Thursday that the schools signed a contract calling for the Rebels to play the Cougars in Provo, Utah, in 2014, with BYU coming to Sam Boyd Stadium the following year.

UNLV also signed a home-and-home football series with Central Michigan. The Chippewas round out the Rebels’ home schedule for next season, playing here on Sept. 28, with the Rebels playing at Central Michigan during the 2016 season.

UNLV and BYU have played each other 18 times in football, with the Cougars holding a 15-3 edge, and five of the Rebels’ 15 largest home crowds in history have been UNLV-BYU games. Maybe the renewal of this rivalry will help justify the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s insistence on continuing to give BYU weekly coverage in its sports section.