Pregame: You say Nevada, I say ne-Vader
As if the time change, 2,200-mile plane ride and altitude adjustment weren't enough, USF players looking out their hotel windows this morning might have been greeted by Smokey the Bear, Darth Vader or a giant floating Pepsi can, thanks to the Great Reno Balloon Race, which sent 87 balloons into the skies this morning.
Wild variation in temperature here -- was 61 degrees at sunrise when I walked over to the balloons, but it'll be 95 by halftime or so today. Mackay Stadium only seats 30,000 fans, so this will be the smallest crowd to see the Bulls since at least the International Bowl after the 2009 season, when an announced 22,185 watched the Bulls beat Northern Illinois.
We'll be live-blogging throughout the game, so stop back and join us. The game is on CBS Sports Network, which should be available on your cable/satellite system. ...