The Nevada Wolf Pack are going to a bowl for the 12th time in 13 years. Despite this, many Wolf Pack players are not happy with the bowl they ended up in. They will face off against fellow MWC member Colorado State in the Arizona Bowl, the only bowl game to feature two teams from the same conference. Meanwhile, the San Jose Spartans, a team that went 5-7 and lost to Nevada, faced Georgia State in the Cure Bowl, located in Orlando, FL.
"We do feel disrespected," said senior DE Lenny Jones in a news conference. "... We've definitely got a little chip on our shoulder for playing against an in-conference team and letting another team that we beat, without six wins, go to Orlando in the sun on Dec. 19."
Colorado State was reportedly allowed to select their opponent from three conference members: Utah State (6-6), Nevada (6-6) and San Jose State (5-7). The Rams selected Nevada, and that sent a message to the Wolf Pack.
"I'm not too happy about that," continued Jones. "Colorado State's going to get a little bit extra from me."
While the matchup is not idea for either team, Nevada head coach Brian Polian wants the team to stay focused on the game.
"The bottom line, from my perspective and I hope from our team's, is that we cannot get upset. We cannot get annoyed by things that we can't control."
The coach was able to find the silver lining in the game as well.
"The reality of it is we're excited to play a 13th game. We've earned the right to be in a bowl," said Polian. "If people don't like that, I'm sorry. But the rule is win six games, and you're in a 13th, and we won six."
The Arizona Bowl kicks off on Tuesday, December 29th at 4:30 PST.