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BYU moves Arizona home game, adds 2 more

BYU moves Arizona home game, adds 2 more

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PROVO — BYU added a regional rivalry series in April 2013 when it announced a three-game series with Arizona that began in 2016.

The Cougars added to that series Tuesday, while also moving one of its home games to a neutral site.

BYU will face the Wildcats in Provo on Sept. 12, 2026, and travel to Tucson on Sept. 11, 2027 in what will be the 26th and 27th meetings all-time between the two programs.

The schools also announced Tuesday that the game originally scheduled for Sept. 12, 2020 in Provo will be played Sept. 4, 2021 in Las Vegas. The series now includes two neutral-site games, with the series kickoff set for Sept. 3, 2016 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Arizona will then host BYU on Sept. 1, 2018, followed by the Las Vegas matchup.

Las Vegas sits halfway between Provo and Tucson, with a 378-mile drag from the Utah college town and a 413-mile shot from the southern Arizona outpost. Venue details of the matchup remain unannounced, but UNLV's Sam Boyd Stadium is the only college football stadium in Las Vegas. The city is also in negotiations to bring a Major League Soccer stadium to Southern Nevada.

Game times and broadcast information have yet to be announced by either school.

With the two new additions, BYU has 27 games scheduled against teams from the Pac 12 through 2027, including matchups against Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

BYU last met Arizona in Las Vegas, where the Wildcats stormed to a 31-21 win in the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl. The two schools first played in 1936, with Arizona holding a 12-9-1 advantage.

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