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CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

Posted on: November 23, 2009 2:04 pm
 


History is being made at Nevada.

And with a win at Boise State on Friday, the Wolf Pack will make the Broncos' BCS hopes history.

With both teams undefeated in conference play, the WAC basically ends up with a conference title game, which will be played the day after Thanksgiving.

Beating Boise on the blue turf won't be an easy task, but the Wolf Pack are one of the hottest teams in the nation right now, winning eight consecutive, while averaging 51.6 points per game during the stretch.

Nevada blasted New Mexico State 63-20 this past weekend, moving up to No. 42 in this week's CBSSports.com 120. It has also scored 70 against Idaho, 62 against San Jose State and 52 against Fresno State in recent weeks.

That's quite a difference from a team that started 0-3, including a 35-0 loss to Notre Dame in the season opener.

"We're taking a lot of momentum," Nevada coach Chris Ault said about playing at Boise State. "We have to ... They're the target that everybody shoots for. I'm proud we're playing for a championship. You can't ask for anything more. I'm really proud of this football team. To win eight straight and get to the championship game, this is exciting."

Nevada entered into the record books this weekend becoming the first team in NCAA history to have three 1,000-yard rushers in the same season. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has 1,129 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns, running back Vai Taua has 1,185 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, while Luke Lippincott has 1,028 yards and nine touchdowns.

The school even has a cool little video on its website to recognize the accomplishment.

"It's a compliment to our backs and our offensive line and our quarterback. Things like that don't happen because of one person," added Ault.

Overall, the Wolf Pack's "Pistol" offense leads the nation with 373.2 yards rushing per game and a 7.7-yard average. Georgia Tech is second with 314.1 yards per game, while Navy is third at 282.6.

The pistol offense is a hybrid of the shotgun and single back where the quarterback lines up in a shotgun, with the running back directly behind him. There are also three wide receivers in the formation with one tight end.

"We ran the ball but nothing like what we are seeing with this offense," said Chris Vargas, a former Nevada quarterback told the MercuryNews.com. "It is pretty special what these guys are doing this year. Even in the heyday of 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust-the Oklahoma Sooners and running the wishbone and all that type of stuff-you never saw a team that had three guys go for a thousand yards."

Nevada will need its high-powered offense to be clicking to beat Boise State, which comes into the game with its own lethal offense. The Broncos are ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring, averaging 44.4 points per game.

The Wolf Pack have also never won the WAC outright, only sharing the conference title with the Broncos in 2005.

Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish continue their freefall, dropping to No. 54 after losing to Connecticut. They have lost four consecutive and are on the verge of missing a bowl game. At 6-6, they aren't guaranteed a slot and might get passed over if Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette or Bowling Green pick up their seventh win. Rules state seven-win teams must be selected over six win teams.

Army

The Black Knights are on the verge of making a bowl (if it beats Navy) for the first time since losing in the 1996 Independence Bowl, but according to CBSSports.com, they have the worst schedule in the nation.

The 120th-ranked schedule features Eastern Michigan (0-11), Duke (5-6), Ball State (1-10), Iowa State (6-6), Tulane (3-8), Vanderbilt (2-10), Temple (9-2), Rutgers (7-3), Air Force (7-5), VMI (FCS team) and North Texas (2-9).

That is five opponents ranked in the bottom 18 and three in the bottom five -- Vanderbilt (No. 102), Tulane (No. 106), North Texas (No. 115), Ball State (No. 117) and Eastern Michigan (No. 119).

Notes

... Despite not being ranked in the AP Top 25, Nebraska (No. 24) and Northwestern (No. 25) cracked the Top 25 of the CBSSports.com 120. Nebraska beat Kansas State to reach the Big 12 title game and Northwestern knocked off Wisconsin.

... Three nine-win teams are not in the Top 25, but are on the verge of getting in. Houston is ranked No. 30, Central Michigan is No. 31 and Temple is No. 33.

... The highest-ranked team with a losing record is Wyoming at No. 69. The 5-6 Cowboys can become bowl-eligible with a victory over Colorado State in the regular-season finale on Friday.

Comments

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2009 2:30 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

It proves that on any given day, just about anybody in the WAC or the PAC10 can beat anybody else,  which is awesome.  

It says, that teams can improve.  If it were not for BSU,   LaMichael James may not be where he is.    Learned a lot from that first game.

It says that Boise had Oregon's number twice in two years.  Good for BSU.   &nbs
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Boise played one ranked opponent in the season.   Oregon played seven.

Oregon would do well to schedule BSU in future.  It keeps them honest,  and it makes BSU more relevant.




Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2009 12:50 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

Well if we win the WAC and Oregon wins the PAC then what does that say about Boise to your Oregon Ducks?  Luck is pulling a win in a close game.  Domination is not allowing the PAC 10's best offence a single firt down untill the third quarter was almost over.  So shek069 what what you call "mighty".




Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2009 11:21 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

Just put Boise in a BCS conference and be done with it. I don't hate Boise or anything but I'm sick of hearing how they get no respect cause they go undefeated every year. Just put them in a BCS conference and be done with it.



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2009 11:06 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

The last time Nevada rolled into Boise the score was 69-67 with four over times!  It was one of the craziest games that I have ever seen!  This one should be no different as each team seems to be able to score at will lately.  The game is nationally televised on Friday night and it is must watch television. 

Boise State will win the game, obviously, but it will be an offensive explosion!  Boise State doesn't lose at home but Nevada has played well in Boise their last two trips.  The aforementioned 69-67 nail biter and they also lost a close game 19-20 to Miami in the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise the year before that. 

Seriously, everyone that loves college football, offense and exciting games should be dialed into this game on Friday night!  Heat up the Thanksgiving leftovers, grab an beer and enjoy!  Oh, and root for Boise they may need a little extra mojo to give them the edge!




Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2009 9:34 pm
 

Boise State simply wins each week

Since Boise State completely shut down Oregon's offense early in the season and Oregon has now gone on to basically score at will against the rest of its competition.....Does that now speak volumes about Oregon's competition?  Not really....teams change and adjust during the season.  Boise State simply beats whoever they play and unfortunately sometimes they simply play just above the level of their competition.  However, they will have their hands full on ESPN Friday night against Nevada.



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2009 9:01 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

You have them ranked above Mizzou and the Irish- both of these teams spanked Nevada, and Mizzou did it with a soph qb at Nevada.  I guess scoring a lot of points against anybody looks great, but when the Irish shut you out, that speaks volumes about your competition later in the season.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2009 8:20 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

All I can say is I hope Nevada rolls over BSU.  Why?  The arrogance of the BSU fans thinking that just because they're undefeated they are a great team.  Other than Oregon, what team of significance in the "mighty WAC" have they beat?  Yes, they are a good team.  A great team?  No!

Go Nevada, knock them off their high horses.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2009 7:25 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

It won't matter much though because of the freaking BCS. I would live to see Nevada and Houston play each other in a bowl game, what a game that would be.Why blame the BCS. Notre Dame which is about a 3-5 team in the SEC crushed the 3 loss Nevada team. Nevada is rightfully given a good shot at over rated Boise.

I think UCF would be a nice matchup for Nevada. They beat Houston as many thought they might.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2009 7:04 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

PS: Nevada-Reno is called Nevada in the same way California-Berkeley is called California (even with other "California" schools like UCLA).  The school is not called RENO, thats why the article says NEVADA. I understand that people from the area might call it Reno. People who live in the same region as big schools often refer to them by their location. The correct way to refer to the school is still Nevada, however.



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2009 6:33 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

Nice article, just a small correction.  It should read "RENO Making History," not Nevada.  Small point but relevant to those of us UNLV fans! Cool

PS: UNLV does NOT have a football program. So, any claims that RENO steam-rolled the Rebels are clearly unfounded. However, we DO have a basketball team that just handed the RENO team their first loss of the season.


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