In some joint news this week the November 12th game between Nevada and Hawaii, which very well could determine the WAC champion, was picked up by ESPN and will be broadcast on ESPNU at 7:15 pm PST (originally it was scheduled for a 1:05 pm start). This is good for both schools since it provides the exposure that goes along with being broadcasted on ESPN. As a Nevada fan I am happy this happened since originally Nevada wasn't scheduled for any ESPN broadcasts this year. Probably not as much of a positive for Hawaii, who already struggles in their mainland games, with the game to be moved to a later time where it will be much, much colder.
Unlike the last few weeks, Ault elected to name his starting QB well before the game this week. This comes as little surprise, however Fajardo struggled some with turnovers in the UNLV game before being pulled. Lantrip had a career game coming off the bench last week, and could very well see some time in the NM game. Ault said he "doesn't want to play musical chairs with the position", which was why he decided on naming the starter early this week.
Nevada verbal commit Cortez Woods (DT) has started to gain notice from some other schools such as Auburn and Utah. He currently plays for the American River Junior College in nearby Sacramento. He says his commitment is firm to Nevada based on some resources the school has to help a learning disability Woods deals with. The disability held back his grades enough that he was forced to the JC ranks out of high school, but it sounds like the kid has a great deal of talent on the field.
A good quick look at each player on the Nevada basketball team.
This week: New Mexico 1:05 pm PST (Saturday)
Fresno State Bulldogs
After the worst loss in school history at home, fans are bound to be upset. One fan even went so far as to personally ask Coach Hill if he would resign on a weekly radio show Hill participates in. I think its a little ridiculous to expect the coach to bail after a bad start to a season, plus is it really that surprising they got worked over by one of the best teams in the country? I won't pretend to know what Coach Hill's pros and cons are, but I don't think him stepping down would solve anything and probably has more potential to be harmful to the team. Hill points out that they did beat two BCS teams last year in Cincinnati and Illinois, which fans seem to have forgotten. Not premier teams by any means, but they were key wins for them last year.
Already thin at the position after losing the projected starter for the year in training camp, Fresno will be losing Rouse's primary blocker for the next month due to a bruised kidney. True freshman Malique Micenheimer will be his replacement, and it adds to the list of injuries the team has had to their offensive unit this year. Fresno did get back offensive linemen Matt Hunt and Richard Helepiko last week, so that should help alleviate the loss to some degree.
This week: Utah State 7:00 pm PST (Saturday)
It's a slow news week for Hawaii following their open date, but that doesn't mean the Hawaii players were taking the week off. Bryant Moniz and others held a workout on Sunday, and Moniz gave this justification:
Sunday is "the best time to work out ... because in my mind, my opponent is not working out on Sundays. I'm trying to get better than him."
On Thursday last week, the Warriors held an annual 25-play scrimmage between their red-shirts and other youngsters which they call the "Scout Bowl". QBs Jeremy Higgins and Kevin Spain did well, as did safety Bubba Poueu-Luna.
This week: San Jose State 6:00 pm PST (Friday)