The Nevada vs. BYU game is the final non-conference test for both schools. This Nevada vs. BYU match-up will also give Nevada one more good non-conference game on their schedule that could become important later in the season. Right now these are two schools that are still very underrated, and which are much better than the respect level they have been given this season. It might be understandable in the case of Brigham Young, as they have had a very tough start with loses to Air Force and Florida State, but Nevada is still undefeated at this point and looking to break into the top 25.
The question on Saturday will be whether BYU can put up a good game against Nevada, of if they will be unable to stop the offensive attack of the Wolf Pack. Brigham Young will have a tough time in the 2010 Mountain West Conference, especially with three really tough teams working for the division title. Utah, TCU, and Air Force control that conference right now, and BYU has a lot of work ahead of them. From that standpoint, it will be very important for BYU to play a strong game on Saturday, if for nothing else than to provide confidence for the players to use the rest of this year.
On the other side of the ball, we have a Nevada Wold Pack team that is now 3-0, but which hasn’t been give very much respect around college football yet this season. That could all change if Nevada can go into Brigham Young and comes away with a one-sided victory. That might be possible as well, because Nevada is sporting one of the best offenses in the NCAA this year, averaging 50.7 points per game along with 302 rushing yards per game. Two players are averaging more than 100 yards rushing per game, with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at 369 and Vai Taua at 320 total yards rushing.
The Nevada-BYU game is at 3 p.m. PST (6 p.m. EST), and its a shame that there is no national television coverage set for this game. BYU has a tough task in front of them in trying to stop the amazing offensive attack that Nevada has going for them. The flip side of that coin is that the game is in Brigham Young, so home field advantage might play into things a bit. That might also help Nevada though, as it means a shorter trip for fans that want to see their team on the road. Pay attention to the Nevada-Brigham Young game, because this is the one that could put Nevada into the national rankings.