WSU Football: Game at Nevada Moved to Friday Night On ESPN or ESPN2


Sep 29, 2012; San Marcos, TX, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack Wide Receiver Aaron Bradley (81) runs for a touch down against the Texas State Bobcats during the second half at Bobcat Stadium. The Wolfpack won 34-21. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington State Cougars and Nevada Wolfpack will now get it on in the 2014 season under the Friday night lights of Mackay Stadium in Reno, NV on Sept. 5. ESPN or ESPN2 will have the 7:30 p.m. PT broadcast.

Originally the game was set up for Saturday, Sept. 6 but it was moved to accommodate a national audience for two teams coming off of bowl seasons a year ago. This game is being viewed by most as the toughest non-conference game on the Cougars’ schedule for 2014.

The Cougs have a Thursday night tilt with Rutgers on either ESPN or ESPN2 to start the season and if they could start the season 2-0 on national television against two bowl teams from a year ago it would bode very well for them when it comes to bowl selection weekend (assuming they reach the six win limit). Last year they went 0-for on ESPN broadcasting games, which ultimately didn’t keep them out of a bowl but sure did make it more interesting than it needed to be. Still, the solid showing against Auburn to start the season was important.

The breakdown for game days now sits at 9 on Saturdays, 2 on Friday nights (Nevada and Stanford) and 1 on Thursday night (Rutgers).