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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: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2009 5:33 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

If everyone wants to see a real shootout, watch Boise-Nevada next week!  This should be one of the highest scoring games in history, and Im sure many records will be broken.  Even if Nevada wins, they have no chance for a BCS bowl, so I'll root for Boise just in that regard.  But it will be entertaining either way!



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2009 5:17 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

That would be an awesome game. The final would be something like 70-69 in double OT.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2009 5:11 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Nevada making history

The Wac has some good teams and Boise and Nevada are really good. In a one game playoff, sure Nevada can beat them, but overall I think Boise is the better team and will win in a shootout. 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.



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