Of Nevada’s first seven games this season, three of them have given their opponent at least one more day of prep than the Wolf Pack, the Reno Gazette-Journal pointed out in the early morning hours following the win over BYU. The Cougars, Washington State, and Arizona all had at least one more day of preparation than Brian Polian’s squad, who are 1-2 in those games.
Another interesting note that has Polian a bit on edge is that eight of their past 10 games have been night games. ESPN picked up the Wolf Pack’s game against BYU nearly two weeks before game day, set it in the late night slot, and decided to feature it on ESPN2.
While playing on ESPN is always great in terms of exposure, Polian noted yesterday that he would not hesitate to trade that TV exposure for an added day of preparation.
“When I sit and think about it, it becomes frustrating. Why when the schedule was set do we play people who always have a day or two extra to get ready for us? But I can’t control that.” he told the Reno Gazette-Journal.
“We don’t receive anything but exposure on ESPN2, and to be honest with you, I would prefer that exposure was in the afternoon, but, again, (athletic director) Doug Knuth and myself have zero control…so what’s the point?”
It’s an interesting point, but it’s also something that both he and his AD have little (to no) control over.
Nevada will head to Hawaii later this week and will have San Diego State next week, and will get both teams on an even playing field as far as prep goes.