Pack FB selected for six national telecasts
RENO – The Nevada football team will play on national television at least six times as the initial broadcast schedule from the Mountain West was announced Thursday with the league’s partners ESPN and CBS Sports. The 44-game announcement included six Wolf Pack games, including five MW games.
So far, the Wolf Pack has five of its games selected for national broadcast via ESPN Networks and one more that will air nationally on CBS Sports Network. In addition to the television announcement, Nevada also announced the season-opener against Purdue, which will be played Friday, Aug. 30, will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. at Mackay Stadium. The game will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.
The Wolf Pack will then play its second game against a Power 5 team in as many weeks as it travel to Oregon to play the Ducks on Sept. 7, before returning home to take on an old rival in Weber State on Sept. 14 at Mackay. The non-conference slate concludes on Sept. 21 with a trip to take on UTEP in El Paso.
Conference play opens Sept. 28 as Hawai`i comes to Mackay Stadium, a game that will air on an ESPN network. The Pack has won two of its last eight games against the Rainbow Warriors. With five games in the books, Nevada will enjoy the first of two bye weeks on the schedule during the Oct. 5 weekend.
Nevada returns to action Oct. 12 when it plays host to San José State at Mackay. The Pack then hits the road for a pair of games against Mountain Division foes — Oct. 19 at Utah State and Oct. 26 at Wyoming — before coming home to play host to New Mexico on Nov. 2. Two of those three contests, Utah State and New Mexico, will be broadcast on an ESPN network.
The Pack returns to West Division play on Nov. 9 with an ESPN matchup and trip to San Diego State to take on the Aztecs. Nevada will be looking for its second win in a row over SDSU after winning 28-24 this past season in Reno.
The second bye week is positioned the weekend of Nov. 16, giving Nevada a break before the final two regular season games. First is an ESPN network showdown with West Division champion Fresno State at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno on Nov. 23.
The Battle for the Fremont Cannon against UNLV represents the regular-season finale on Nov. 30 at Mackay Stadium.
Nevada’s five games on ESPN Networks have kickoff times that are yet to be announced. Those games are generally subject to the network’s policy in which the specific network and kickoff times will be announced 12 days prior to each game.
This is the first television schedule announcement by the MW for the 2019 season. Additional broadcasts by AT&T SportsNet and Stadium will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
Season tickets for the 2019 season are on sale now — reserve yours today by calling (775) 348-PACK or visit NevadaWolfPack.com.