Sunday, September 26, 2010
Nevada makes history with poll rankings
By Andrea Adelson
Nevada made history on Sunday when it appeared in both the Associated Press and coaches' poll for the first time.
The Wolf Pack are at No. 25 in both polls after a 4-0 start to the season, their best start since joining the FBS division in 1992. They had previously been ranked in the AP poll in 1948. Nevada first appeared on Oct. 4, 1948, at No. 19. The Pack, behind All-American quarterback Stan Heath, rose as high as No. 10 on Oct. 25 before falling out of the poll in mid-November.
"It's very exciting news," coach Chris Ault told the AP in a telephone interview Sunday. "I'm sure our players will be fired up."
Nevada has surged behind Colin Kaepernick, who is third in the nation in total offense with 1,375 yards. He ranks second behind Michigan's Denard Robinson among dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. Thanks to him, Nevada has the No. 4 offense in the country, averaging 529 yards a game.
Last week in a phone interview, Kaepernick acknowledged he didn't think Nevada was a national name just yet. But it's getting there.
"If we end the season at .500, no one will care about what we did the first three games," he said. "We have to win the rest of our games for people to take us seriously and respect us as a football team."
That includes major tests ahead. Nevada plays at UNLV on Oct. 2, but also has to play at Hawaii on Oct. 16 and at Fresno State on Nov. 13. Then the doozy -- home against Boise State on Nov. 26. That game could decide the WAC champion.
But, of course, there is still plenty of football left to be played before that big showdown in Reno.