Saturday, November 26, 2005
(16) Fresno State Bulldogs (8-2) at Nevada Wolfpack (7-3)
Date: Saturday, November 26th
Kickoff: 7 p.m. (et) Site: Mackay Stadium (31,00) -- Reno, Nevada
Home Record: Fresno State 5-0; Nevada 4-1
Away Record: Fresno State 3-2; Nevada 3-2
Conference Record: Fresno State 6-0; Nevada 6-1
Current Road Win/Loss Streak: Fresno State 1L
Current Home Win/Loss Streak: Nevada 4W
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Mike Gottfried and Alex Flanagan
All-Time Series: Fresno State (22-12-1)
Last Meeting: November 20, 2004 (Fresno State, 54-17 at Fresno State)
Series Streak: Fresno State has won the last six meetings.
GAME NOTES: After nearly pulling off the impossible, the 16th-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs fall back into Western Athletic Conference play this Saturday night when they travel to Reno to take on the Nevada Wolf Pack. Last weekend the Bulldogs seemingly had the top-ranked USC Trojans on the ropes but then allowed Reggie Bush to blow away any thoughts the team might have had at ending the longest winning streak in the nation. The bottom line is that FSU came away on the short end of a 50-42 shootout, and yet the team didn't fall in the rankings even one spot because they showed up and played hard on every snap. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for the Bulldogs, whose only other loss on the year was to nationally-ranked Oregon on the road, 37-34. As for the Wolf Pack, they've run off three straight wins thanks to a 30-24 triumph versus Utah State on the road last weekend in front of the smallest crowd to see the Pack play this season. The victory also moved Nevada to 6-1 in league play, and with some help from Louisiana Tech in the coming weeks, could possibly finish in a tie for the top spot in the WAC. Fresno State has taken six straight in the all-time series, including a 54-17 thrashing of the Pack a year ago at this time. As a result, the Bulldogs currently hold a 22-12-1 advantage over Nevada
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The Western Athletic Conference title is just one win away, and the outright title is two games away. Neither one is going to be easy, but neither will be all that daunting. The biggest challenge facing the Bulldogs today might be the weather, temperaturess in the low 40's await them. Possible snow flurries might also be in the forecast. Unlike Nevada, Fresno State will not have heaters on their sideline nor will the players be wearing team parkas.
The Bulldogs will be focused; there is still too much on the line for them to fall victim to an upset. Pat Hill has had this team very focused this year and mentally ready to play in every game. Nevada will be no different.
Starting linebacker Marcus Riley is out with a knee injury.
NCAA 06 Prediction
According to Sony Playstation's NCAA Football 06, Fresno State bounces back easily with a 34-13 win over Nevada.
Paul Pinegar passes for 303 yards and 4 touchdowns and Wendell Mathis adds 122 yards on the ground with a score. The Bulldogs never trailed jumping out to a 13-0 lead, and 20-7 halftime lead.