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Golden Nuggets: Nevada's Horrific Record in Opening Games Against BCS Opponents

Want some extra optimism heading into Saturday's game? Look at these numbers Jeff Faraudo and Chris Murray dug up.

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.
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

Of course, Oregon State is famous for doing the same thing. And Oregon State has an extremely favorable recent history against us. Does this mean we're actually doomed? Eh, probably not.

Cal has named Dr. Phil Esten as the new Executive Associated AD for Advancement. He will be in charge of advancement (i.e. funding) efforts for all 29 sports as well as developing a multi-year plan for expanding the breadth and depth of the university's donor base.