Lobo football to face USC in 2016

Posted at: 06/26/2013 6:32 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

The University of New Mexico football team will kick off the 2016 season at Southern Cal.  The Lobos announced they will play at USC on September 3, 2016.

“Opening the season with USC in 2016 will be a great opportunity for our football team,” said Deputy Athletic Director Tim Cass in a released statement.  “We will not be playing Fresno State or San Diego State in 2016, so this game will provide us an opportunity to stay connected to California from a recruiting and alumni standpoint.”

The meeting against the Trojans will be the first ever matchup of the two programs on the football field.

UNM will face a Pac-12 opponent for three straight years.  UNM will open a two-year series with Arizona State next year at Branch Field in Albuquerque.

Never let it be said UNM is afraid of the big boys.  Their schedule of non-conference opponents in the coming years include Pittsburgh (2013), Arizona State (2014, 2015), Tulsa (2015, 2017), USC (2016) and Texas A&M (2017).  But it’s not just about getting better by taking on bigger competition.  UNM is also receiving a nice paycheck for being an opening act for the Trojans.  UNM will receive $950,000 for the game against USC.

UNM's non-conference schedule also includes games against Sam Houston State and New Mexico State. “We are working to schedule at least one more home game and we may take advantage of a 13th game in 2016 since we are scheduled to play at Hawai’i,” Cass added.