Record: 6-0 (1-0, WAC)
With Colin Kaepernick and Vai Taua returning to the offense, there was no question the Wolf Pack would be able to put up some serious yards in the Pistol offense. After all, they helped set an NCAA record last season, along with Luke Lippincott -- all three had 1,000 yards rushing. The big question was whether the defense would show improvement under new coordinator Andy Buh. The answer has been a resounding yes midway through the season. Kaepernick has been even better than last season, thanks to improved accuracy and efficiency, and the defense has stepped up. Nevada is off to its best start since joining FBS in 1992 and is ranked in both polls for the first time since 1948. The big win came over California (52-31), a game in which Kaepernick had 329 total yards and five touchdowns. The Wolf Pack have yet to trail in a game this season. Meanwhile, Dontay Moch and James-Michael Johnson have led an improved defense, and Nevada looks like a serious threat to Boise State midway through the season.
Offensive MVP, QB Colin Kaepernick. What more can you say about the senior from Turlock, Calif.? Kaepernick ranks No. 6 in the country in total offense with 1,960 yards. He also has 19 touchdowns. But what has made the difference this year is the way he is throwing the ball. Kaepernick is completing a career-high 71 percent of his passes, and only has three interceptions on the season.
Defensive MVP, DE Dontay Moch, LB James-Michael Johnson. We are going to pick two here. Moch has come up huge, especially in the past two games. Last week he set the school and WAC record for tackles for loss (52) in a career. He has 11 so far on the season and three sacks. Johnson, meanwhile, has emerged, leading the team in tackles with 41. He also has 2.5 sacks.