Minnesota, UNLV to open 2012 season

The Gophers will open the 2012 football season a bit earlier

than planned.

UNLV and the Mountain West Conference asked Minnesota to move

their game in Las Vegas to Thursday, Aug. 30. They were originally

going to play that Saturday.

The switch was announced Thursday by the school. Kickoff time

and television coverage are to be determined.

Minnesota and UNLV have never met before in football. The two

teams are scheduled to open the 2013 season as well in

Minneapolis.

This will be the fifth opener in 12 years that Minnesota plays

on a Thursday on the road.

This will be the third Big Ten team the Rebels have played at

home. They hosted Northwestern in 2001 and Wisconsin five times

between 1986 and 2010.