BOISE-- As the Boise State football team prepares for its matchup against the Nevada Wolf Pack, the focus is mainly on Nevada’s offense, and its multi-option "pistol" approach. But the Broncos are also preparing for a motivated Pack defense.
"They play very hard, they're a very physical team," BSU offensive coordinator Robert Prince said. "They don't do a lot of blitzing, but when they do it's very effective."
The Wolf Pack defense has plenty of room to improve. Through six games, they are giving up an average of 488 yards and 38 points per game. While the Nevada defense has had its issues this season, the Broncos are still giving it respect.
"They know they're assignments and they play hard. Don't be fooled, they're a very good defense," Prince said.
Words of respect is the best way to sum up what is being said in Reno this week. Nevada players and coaches seem to have noticed what Boise State has done over the last decade, and are not afraid to admit it.
"They have a combination of really good personnel and they play really hard," Nevada head coach Brian Polian said on Tuesday. "They play fast, they're aggressive. They've had a system in place for a long time and you just watch the way they play and you can understand why they've been as good as they have been."
"They play real good, fundamental football," offensive lineman Joel Bitonio said. "You say that a lot about a lot of teams, but they tackle well, they block well, they play hard. They're just a good football team. It's always a challenge."
The Broncos host the Nevada Wolf Pack at Bronco Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m.