The New Mexico State Aggies will play at the BYU Cougars in 2018, FBSchedules.com has learned.
New Mexico State will travel to take on BYU at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah on Nov. 17, 2018. BYU will pay the Aggies a $700,000 guarantee for the game, according to a copy of the contract obtained from NMSU via a public records request. The contract also stipulates a $1 million cancellation fee.
BYU was previously scheduled to host Hawaii on Nov. 17, 2018, so that matchup will be moved to another date in 2018 or to a future season.
BYU and New Mexico State have met twice on the gridiron. The Cougars came out victorious in both contests, winning 42-7 in Provo in 2011 and 50-14 in Las Cruces in 2012.
The Cougars now have 11 games scheduled for the 2018 season (excluding the Hawaii game). Home opponents include California, McNeese State, Utah State, Northern Illinois, and New Mexico State. BYU will travel to Arizona, Wisconsin, Washington, Boise State, UMass, and Utah.
New Mexico State, currently a member of the Sun Belt Conference, will be an FBS Independent beginning in 2018. The Aggies are close to completing their schedule with nine opponents now lined up.
Opponents for New Mexico State in 2018 include Wyoming, Liberty, New Mexico, and Georgia Southern at home and Minnesota, UL Lafayette, UTEP, BYU, and Liberty on the road.