While in San Diego for the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said he wanted a future football series with San Diego State.

Thursday, the school announced just that. BYU and San Diego State will play in 2019 and 2020, renewing an old WAC and Mountain West rivalry that was briefly rekindled at the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl.

“We’re excited to renew our strong history with San Diego State in a series that has included many incredible games over the years.” Holmoe said in a news release.

BYU holds a 28-7-1 all-time advantage in its series with SDSU that first played in 1947. In 2012, the Cougars stifled the Aztecs in a 23-6 bowl win that saw now-Super Bowl Champion linebacker Kyle Van Noy score on a forced fumble and on an interception return.

BYU will travel to San Diego on Nov. 30, 2019, and the Aztecs will return the trip to Provo on Nov. 14, 2020. The series gives independent BYU nine scheduled games in 2019 and 10 in 2020.

The Cougars also announced a home game against McNeese State for the 2018 season to be played either Sept. 22 or Oct. 13. That gives BYU 11 scheduled games for the 2018 season and still in search of one more home game.

BYU opens the 2017 season by hosting Portland State on Aug. 26, followed by a trip to Houston to play SEC power LSU at NRG Stadium, home of the NFL’s Texans and host of Super Bowl LI.

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