Nevada got an extra week to deal with the sting of its first loss of the season. The Wolf Pack opened 6-0, entered the national rankings for the first time in more than 60 years and seemed destined for a showdown with Boise State in late November.
But the Wolf Pack could not get past Hawaii to keep its long-shot BCS dreams alive. Nevada does not control its own destiny in the WAC title race, but with six conference games remaining, including the post-Thanksgiving game with Boise State, the Wolf Pack should certainly be in the thick of the race the rest of the way.
That is if the Wolf Pack can clean up in the turnover department. Nevada turned the ball over four times in the loss to Hawaii and has turned it over 13 times in seven games this year, including 11 times in the last four games.
Nevada's hot start hid some other issues with the team, largely inconsistencies throughout the offense, defense and special teams. The Wolf Pack has been able to counter those problems with an overwhelming offensive effort and enough big plays to overcome the smaller mistakes.
The bye week gave the Wolf Pack a chance to work out the small problems and focus on the bigger task at hand.
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