The 2022 Nevada Wolf Pack at the New Mexico State Aggies football game date has been changed, Nevada’s official athletics website indicates.
Back in February, we reported that Nevada and New Mexico State had scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2021 and 2022. The first game of the series is set to be played in Mackay Stadium in Reno on Oct. 9, 2022.
The second game of the series was to be played on Sept. 17, 2022 at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. According to University of Nevada at Reno, the game has been moved up three weeks to Aug. 27, 2022, which is Week Zero that season.
“Week Zero” is the nickname for the Saturday prior to Labor Day weekend. Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams or their opponent must play a game in Hawaii that season in order to qualify to play in Week Zero. An exception can also be issued by the NCAA to play that weekend, like Florida-Miami in 2019.
Nevada and New Mexico State qualify to play in Week Zero in 2022 because the Wolf Pack are scheduled to travel to face the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Aloha Stadium on a date to be announced.
The only other currently scheduled non-conference game for Nevada in 2022 is a contest at the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sept. 17, which is the previous date of the Nevada-New Mexico State game.
New Mexico State, an FBS Independent, has nine games scheduled for the 2022 season. In addition to the Nevada contest, NMSU is scheduled to host San Jose State and New Mexico and travel to Minnesota, UTEP, Akron, UMass, Missouri, and Liberty.