UC Davis – the Wolf Pack come out firing on all cylinders. The starters are out by the middle of the 3rd quarter and everybody begins to dream big for the year.
Arizona – the momentum from the UC Davis game carries over to this game as the well-rested Wolf Pack jump out to an early 21-0 lead. Arizona comes back but in a reversal from the 2012 New Mexico Bowl, the Wolf Pack hang on to stun the PAC-12 South champion.
@Texas A&M – the team is riding high after starting the season 2-0. People are beginning to think the Wolf Pack could be a legit contender for the Mountain West Conference title and access bowl spot. Unfortunately, Texas A&M’s speed and skill is too much for a motivated Wolf Pack to overcome. They lose, respectably, 42-28.
@Buffalo – the Wolf Pack bounce back from the loss in Texas and are able to easily dispatch Buffalo.
UNLV – Polian properly welcomes Tony Sanchez to D-1 college football by dismantling an overmatched UNLV team 69-0.
New Mexico – the team comes out against New Mexico and the triple option gives the Wolf Pack fits all afternoon. The Pack is able to overcome a halftime deficit and beat New Mexico.
Hawaii – A much improved Hawaii team comes into Mackay Stadium looking to become bowl eligible for the first time in a long time. The two teams go back and forth but ultimately a late TD seals the victory for the Wolf Pack.
@Fresno – Fresno comes into this game over confident. They’ve won 3 in a row against the Pack, but quarterback issues doom them and the Wolf Pack take a victory in Fresno.
SJSU – this isn’t the SJSU team from a decade ago as they’re very improved. The Wolf Pack are still the better team and it shows. Nevada takes down the Spartans by 2 scores.
@Utah State – Nevada walk’s into Logan, Utah with an 8-1 record. Utah State’s depth & experience prove too much for the Pack and they suffer their first loss in the MWC.
@SDSU – This is the MWC game of the year. Both teams are 6-1 in conference and the winner will go on to face Boise State for the MWC championship. In a close game, that probably goes to OT, Nevada is able to squeak out a victory!
MWC Championship - @Boise State. The schedule may not have allowed for Nevada & Boise to meet during the regular season, but it seems destiny has played it’s hand in allowing this rivalry to be played this year. In Polian’s first trip to Boise, the Wolf Pack jumped all over the Bronco’s to start the game. Last year, a dropped pass (ignoring the uncharacteristic 28 points off of turnovers we allowed), prevented the Wolf Pack from beating Boise. This year the Wolf Pack are able to walk out of Bronco errrr Albertson’s Stadium victorious and MWC champs!
UC Davis – the Pack comes out misfiring. They seem lost, nothing is going right. Their superior talent is the only reason they win this game. But it’s a lot closer than it should be.
Arizona – Arizona comes into Reno and they do wind sprints with the football up and down the field all night long. The Pack manages to score some garbage time touchdowns but a double digit loss at home is not a good sign.
@Texas A&M – this game isn’t close. Not even respectable close. Think 2013 vs Florida State.
@Buffalo – Starting the season 1-2 has not helped the Wolf Pack’s cause. Buffalo is able to catch the wounded Pack looking ahead to their game against UNLV.
UNLV – UNLV comes into this game with some confidence. The Pack is 1-3 and really hasn’t shown much to date. Thankfully, the Wolf Pack wake up for this game and Fremont remains blue.
New Mexico – the triple option again proves to be the Wolf Pack’s kryptonite. New Mexico is able to score a late touchdown and win the game.
@Wyoming – the Wolf Pack are 2-4 and can’t seem to catch a break anywhere. This trend continues against Wyoming as the Pack falls to 2-5.
Hawaii – the Rainbow Warriors (who are my dark horse candidate for the west crown) come into the game looking to prove they belong among the MWC best. They steal a game in Reno. The Pack has to win the next 4 to become bowl eligible.
@Fresno – Fresno again proves too much for the Pack as they win at home easily.
SJSU – Playing for the seniors, the Wolf Pack are able to win the final home game of the season against SJSU.
@Utah State – the Pack is overpowered by the Aggies and fall in a demoralizing loss to the Mountain Division second place team
@SDSU – The Aztec’s come into the game with something to prove and they do so easily. Winning the game and securing the West Division crown and a matchup against Boise State.
After the season serious discussion are had about the future of the program and Polian’s seat becomes quite warm. Thankfully, for the fans, the basketball season is underway and Musselman is proving to be quite the college coach.
Remember these are my absolute best case and absolute worst case scenarios for the season. The reality will likely be somewhere in the middle. I will post my actual season predictions after media days in July.