- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Purdue on Friday announced it will play a home-and-home series with Nevada in 2016 and 2019.
The Boilers will host the Wolf Pack on Sept. 24, 2016, and open the 2019 season in Reno on Aug. 31. These will mark the first two meetings between the schools.
Purdue will be just the third Big Ten team Nevada has faced in football. The Wolf Pack most recently had a home-and-home series against Northwestern, winning in 2006 and losing the following year.
The Boilers now have three non-league opponents set for 2016 in Nevada, Cincinnati and Notre Dame. The Big Ten plans to increase its league schedule by at least one game, so Purdue's slate likely is complete for 2016. If the Big Ten goes to 10 league games, Purdue will have to drop one of its opponents.
Purdue's 2019 non-league schedule now includes Nevada and Notre Dame.
Nevada has recorded winning seasons in seven of the past eight years, including a 13-1 mark in 2010 behind some quarterback named Colin Kaepernick. Former Notre Dame assistant Brian Polian takes over as head coach this season.
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