The 2020 season will provide the Arizona State Sun Devils a chance to try their luck against the UNLV Rebels in Las Vegas.
On Friday, ASU and UNLV announced an agreement for their football teams to compete in a home-and-home series that will have the Sun Devils travel to Sam Boyd Stadium on Sept. 12, 2020, followed by a duel between the two schools in Tempe at Sun Devil Stadium on Sept. 11, 2021.
The series is the second scheduled home-and-home set ASU will play after agreeing with BYU in 2014 to face the Cougars in 2020 and 2021.
The 2020 matchup against the Rebels will complete the Sun Devils' non-conference schedule for that season which includes a home game against NAU on September 5 and a visit to BYU on September 19.
ASU athletic director Ray Anderson explained in a press release the series will be both convenient and exciting for fans.
"We are excited to announce this series with UNLV," Anderson said. "With our scheduling philosophy we are always looking to schedule home-and-home series with selected institutions within our geographical footprint. UNLV as an institution and Las Vegas as a destination fit that perfectly. We believe our fan base will enjoy this series."
Despite being approximately 300 miles away from each other, Arizona State and UNLV have met just once on the football field, with their 2008 meeting resulting in UNLV winning 23-20 in overtime.
Despite entering as the No. 15-ranked team in the country, ASU squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before UNLV managed to tie the game in the final minute.
The Sun Devils had an opportunity to send the game to double-overtime, however had their potential game-tying field goal blocked to seal the win in favor of the Rebels.
The loss was the first of a six-game losing streak as ASU went on to finish the season with a 5-7 record. UNLV closed the 2008 season with the same mark.