Notre Dame to host UNLV in 2022

Presuming we’re all still alive and playing football in 2022, Notre Dame just added another home game.

UNLV announced Tuesday it will trek to South Bend for an Oct. 20, 2022 game against the Fighting Irish. The game will be the first between the two programs, assuming they don’t clash in a bowl game in 2020 or ’21.

“Nothing says college football history more than playing a game at Notre Dame,” said UNLV AD Desiree Reed-Francois. “We are looking forward to taking our team and our fans to South Bend for what is sure to be a memorable experience.”

Notre Dame will pay UNLV $1.35 million for the game, UNLV’s announcement said.

The UNLV game leaves Notre Dame with just one blank spot on its 2022 slate. In addition to the Rebels, the Irish will host Marshall, Cal, Stanford, Clemson and Boston College with road trips to Ohio State, USC, North Carolina, Syracuse and a neutral site game with Navy. The 12th game will likely be a home date.

UNLV also has a Sept. 10 trip to Cal lined up. Perhaps the Irish, Rebels and Bears can get to work on a three-way rivalry trophy.