Football: Nevada’s woes in openers vs. BCS foes

If recent history is any indication, Nevada could have a rough time of it Saturday against Cal at Memorial Stadium.

According to a blog item from Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal, the Wolfpack is 0-10 in season openers against teams from BCS conferences (plus Notre Dame), dating back to 1992, when it became an FBS team.

Nevada has lost those games by an average margin of 30.2 points, and its offense has produced a paltry 13.1 points per game in those outings. None of the 10 games was closer than 14 points.

The Wolfpack is 4-23 overall vs. BCS teams in its FBS era, although one of the four victories was a 52-31 rout of Cal (in a non-opening game) two seasons ago.

Here are scores from those 10 openers:

2011: Oregon, 69, Nevada 20
2009: Notre Dame 35, Nevada 0
2007: Nebraska 52, Nevada 10
2005: Washington 55, Nevada 21*
2002: Washington State 31, Nevada 7
2000: Oregon 36, Nevada 7
1999: Oregon State 28, Nevada 13*
1998: Oregon State 48, Nevada 6
1996: Oregon 44, Nevada 30
1993: Wisconsin 35, Nevada 17
* – indicates a home game


Jeff Faraudo

  • Don’t sleep on the wolfpack Bears…CRUSH THEIR THROATS!! I bet a grizzly could eat a wolf, prolly happens all the time in Alaska…GRRR!!

  • BlueNGold

    Interesting stats, but nothing should be taken for granted here. Especially since the result of the game 2 seasons ago would seem to be contrary to the trend. But, at least you can’t accuse them of scheduling cupcake OOC games.