The contest between the Nevada Wolf Pack and the San Jose State Spartans has been re-located to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev., the Mountain West Conference officially announced Sunday.
The game was originally supposed to be in San Jose, but current city guidelines are preventing any games from being hosted in the city. It will still be on Friday, Dec. 11 — as originally scheduled — at 7 p.m. PST on CBS Sports Network.
It marks the third time where the Wolf Pack will be play in Las Vegas this season. Nevada won both of its previous two games down south — beating UNLV 37-19 on Oct. 31 and New Mexico 27-20 on Nov. 14.
New Mexico played its entire season in Las Vegas due to the current protocols in New Mexico (max gathering of five people) made it nearly impossible to conduct any football activity, let alone host a game.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Nevada will have played seven of its eight regular season games inside the Silver State. Along with Friday’s opponent, San Jose State, and Boise State, the Pack are currently in the hunt for a Mountain West Title berth.
The Mountain West Championship title will be on Dec. 19. The team with the best record in the conference will host the game.
Nevada enters its regular season finale with a 6-1 record, with its lone loss to Hawai’i 24-21 on Nov. 28.
Boise State is 4-1, but remain 4-0 in conference (which is what determines the standings). San Jose State is an undefeated 5-0.
Without cancellations, Nevada would need to beat San Jose State AND Boise State would need to beat Wyoming for Nevada to make the Mountain West Championship.
If Nevada wins and Boise State loses, then the Broncos and Spartans would make the title game because they both beat Hawai’i and Nevada did not, despite Nevada possessing the greater winning percentage among the two teams.
A Wolf Pack loss automatically eliminates them from contention.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Santa Clara County, the Nevada-San José State game scheduled for Dec. 11 has been relocated to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. — Mountain West (@MountainWest) December 7, 2020
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