The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the New Mexico State Aggies have finalized a 2013-14 home-and-home football series, the Star Tribune has reported.
In the first game of the series on Sept. 7, 2013, Minnesota will travel to Las Cruces to face New Mexico State at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The second and final game will be hosted by the Gophers on Sept. 13, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Minnesota was previously slated to face North Carolina on the same two dates, but the Gophers canceled the series and payed the Tar Heels an $800,000 buyout.
Minnesota and New Mexico State also have a previously signed agreement to meet at TCF Bank Stadium on Sept. 1, 2016. The two schools met for the first time last season in Minneapolis with New Mexico State coming away with a 28-21 victory.
New Mexico State, who will play as an FBS Independent in 2013, now has nine games for their 2013 football schedule. The Aggies are slated to host Rice, Idaho, Minnesota, and UTEP and travel to Texas, UCLA, New Mexico, Idaho, and Florida Atlantic. NMSU is also rumored to be hosting Abilene Christian in 2013.
As for Minnesota, their 2013 and 2014 football schedules are once again complete. Non-conference opponents in 2013 include UNLV, at New Mexico State, Western Illinois, and San Jose State, while the 2014 season features Eastern Illinois, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, and San Jose State.