USC adds UNLV to 2027 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The USC Trojans have added the UNLV Rebels to their 2027 football schedule, it was announced on Friday.

USC will host UNLV at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2027. The game will mark the third overall meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.

Both previous meetings between USC and UNLV were played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Trojans defeated the Rebels in each contest, winning 35-21 in 1997 and 43-21 in 2018.

UNLV is the first announced non-conference opponent for the USC Trojans for the 2027 season.

Last month, USC announced that they will depart the Pac-12 Conference and will join the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2024 season. The UCLA Bruins will join them in a move from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten.

The UNLV Rebels now have three games on their non-conference schedule in 2027 with the addition of USC. The Rebels are also scheduled to host a pair of home games at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, against the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sept. 18 and the UTSA Roadrunners on Sept. 25.

USC is scheduled to open the 2022 season on Saturday, Sept. 3 at home against the Rice Owls. UNLV opens their campaign one week earlier in Week Zero on Saturday, Aug. 27 at home against the Idaho State Bengals.

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Comments (4)

Kevin, are these game contracts starting to incorporate more flexibility for cancellation if the “evolving landscape” reduces the slots for or interest in games like this one (clear “have” under a new construct versus a probable “have-not”)? Given your strong track record with FOI requests, your perspective on this would be valuable. Thanks very much!

I haven’t see anything like that yet. Most recently, most contracts have added pandemic and/or government orders, etc. Some have conference realignment clauses, though.

There is certainly a case that it could have been a home and home due to UNLV playing their home games at Allegiant Stadium which has 65,000 seats. USC is scheduled to play LSU in that stadium in 2024,