NIU and UNLV schedule home-and-home

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Northern Illinois is heading to Las Vegas next season.

The school announced a home-and-home series with UNLV on Thursday, with the Huskies traveling out west to Sam Boyd Stadium on Sept. 13, 2014 and the Rebels visiting Huskie Stadium on Sept. 5, 2015.

NIU was originally scheduled to play Wake Forest on Sept. 13 of next season, but UNLV is replacing the Demon Deacons on the Huskies' slate. NIU's other non-conference opponents next year include road games at BCS programs Northwestern (Sept. 6) and Arkansas (Sept. 20).

The Huskies open the season with FCS Presbyterian on Thursday, Aug. 28. NIU will have only five home games next season.

NIU and UNLV last met in 1995, when both schools were members of the Big West Conference. The Rebels have struggled the past few years, but are off to a 4-2 start this season.

– Steve Nitz, snitz@shawmedia.com, @SNitz_DDC

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