Team Preview: Nevada

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After sharing the WAC title with Boise State two years ago, the Nevada Wolf Pack took a step back last season that head coach Chris Ault did everything to avoid.

In the spring of 2006, Ault wanted his players to build on the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl win, not rest on it. He knew that as difficult as it is to lead a program to a conference crown, especially one that hadn't held a title in a while, it's harder still to repeat.

Even with a majority of its starters back from that championship season, Nevada wasn't able to regain title status, leaving the Wolf Pack in a tie for third in the WAC chase, three games behind unbeaten Boise State. A shaky beginning, including a season-opening loss at Fresno State, led to a 3-3 start.

Still, the Wolf Pack finished strong enough in the second half of the season to qualify for a postseason bowl game. Ault and Co. played in the MPC Computers Bowl and had Miami in deep trouble before the Hurricanes rallied late for a 21-20 win.