Team preview: Nevada

The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook previews the 2008 Nevada Wolf Pack, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 3, 2008
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(All information as of June 20, 2008)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Despite taking Nevada to a school-record three straight postseason appearances, you get the idea Nevada head coach Chris Ault is far from satisfied.

The fiery competitor, who designed the pistol offense, believes in his ability. If former Hawaii head coach June Jones and third-year man Chris Petersen of Boise State can lead their teams to the BCS promised land, then by golly, so can he.

Ault is in his third stint and 24th season as the Wolf Pack's main man. He has won nearly 70 percent of his games, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and is the fifth-winningest active coach, trailing only Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno, Jim Tressel and Frank Beamer.

This season, he has the schedule that could propel Nevada into the national spotlight. After opening at home against Grambling, the Wolf Pack have back-to-back weekends against Big 12 teams.

Nevada plays host to Texas Tech the first weekend in September, then travels to Missouri. It's the first of three consecutive road games for the Wolf Pack. After Missouri, Nevada will keep the road uniforms handy with dates at rival UNLV and the league opener at improving Idaho.

Win those first five and this team can lay claim to a top-25 ranking. Now, does Ault have the team that can make that kind of run? Offensively, yes. But defensively? That's another matter.