The UNLV Rebels have added the Howard Bison to their 2017 football schedule, the school announced on Tuesday.
UNLV will host Howard at Sam Boyd Stadium to open the 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2. The game will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
This will be UNLV’s second game in concert with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). Howard’s “Showtime” marching band will make the trip and will “appear at another event in the community as well as at the stadium for a halftime show.”
Howard is a historically black college (HBCU) and is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Bison finished the 2016 season 2-9 overall and 2-6 in conference play.
The addition of UNLV completes the non-conference schedule for the Rebels in 2017. UNLV is also scheduled to visit Idaho on Sept. 9 and Ohio State on Sept. 16 and host BYU on Nov. 11.
In Mountain West Conference action, UNLV is scheduled to host Hawaii, San Diego State, San Jose State, and Utah State and travel to Air Force, Fresno State, Nevada, and New Mexico.