It looks like there will be a lot of late nights at Mackay Stadium this season once again.
The Nevada Wolf Pack football team will have at least eight of its 12 games on national television this fall, meaning most of those games, if not all, will start at 6 p.m. or later and likely end past 11 p.m. The Mountain West released its national broadcast package for the 2016 season on Friday.
The Wolf Pack, which returns 15 starters from last year’s 7-6 team, was selected for seven national TV games as part of the conference package announced Friday. Nevada will also play on national TV when it travels to Notre Dame for a non-conference game in early September. “The exposure that we get from playing on national television is important for the continued growth of Nevada football, and I’m excited that we have eight opportunities so far this season to showcase our program,” said fourth-year head coach Brian Polian, who also gets a contract bonus for each game televised nationally.
Nevada will play on the ESPN network no fewer than five times in 2016. That includes home games against Fresno State (Oct. 8), Wyoming (Oct. 22) and Utah State (Nov. 19). Two of the Pack’s road games will also be on ESPN networks – Nov. 5 at New Mexico and Nov. 26 when Nevada travels to UNLV for the Battle for the Fremont Cannon against UNLV. The game times for the ESPN network games do not have to be announced until 12 days before the day of the game.
The Pack will also have a pair of Mountain West showdowns broadcast on CBS Sports Network – Oct. 15 at San Jose State and Nov. 12 at Mackay against San Diego State.
It’s likely that Nevada will play on national TV more than eight times as the Wolf Pack’s game at Purdue on Sept. 24 will likely be broadcast by the Big Ten Network or the ESPN network as part of the Big Ten’s television package. Nevada’s home game against Buffalo on Sept. 17 could also be selected for broadcast.
The Wolf Pack’s home opener against Cal Poly will be Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The game at San Jose State on Oct. 15 and the game at Mackay Stadium on Nov. 12 against San Diego State will start at 7:30 p.m. All other start times have yet to be determined.