After taking  down Cal in its season opener the Wolf Pack welcomes its first Big East opponent to Mackay Stadium. Will South Florida leave with a win? Or is this the start of a potentially special season for Nevada?

The Bulls dominated Chattanooga 34-13 in its opener, but take a little closer look and there may be some faults to exploit. QB B.J. Daniels had three touchdown passes, but also was sacked twice, threw an interception and lost a fumble. South Florida also only gained 85 net yards on the ground. Defensively, it will struggle against the Pistol. South Florida rarely gets to see it, and it’s very different watching it on film and actually having to defend it. Nevada QB Cody Fajardo passed my expectations in terms of where he’d be in his development. And, with running back Stefphon Jefferson looking like he’s ready to pick up the mantle as starting running back, the Wolf Pack’s offense will roll. The question will be can Daniels return to form for South Florida? Yes, but I think a mix of a tougher opponent and having to travel through multiple time zones and play in higher elevation is going to all lead to a Wolf Pack victory. Look for the run game to run wild and Fajardo to hit Brandon Wimberly for a touchdown strike as Nevada takes down the Bulls 30-20.

X-factor: B.J. Daniels. He was 17th in the nation last year in total offense. If he eliminates the mistakes and South Florida can protect him, look out.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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