Nevada vs Southern Mississippi: Golden Eagles Will Blow out Wolf Pack in Hawaii

Austin GreenCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2011

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 03:  Quarterback Austin Davis #12 of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles looks for room to run against the Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles got robbed out of a more high profile game and they'll prove it by blowing out Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl.

The Conference USA champs finished the season at 11-2 after spanking then-sixth ranked Houston 49-28.

Southern Miss then thought they would be heading to the Liberty Bowl, which usually reserves a spot for the C-USA champion.

However, they were denied and will be facing Nevada on Saturday instead. And frankly, the Wolf Pack don't stand a chance.

Nevada does have the nation's eighth best rushing attack, averaging 251.8 yards per game. But they haven't beaten anyone near the caliber of Southern Miss. They've only played two games against ranked opponents, when they were embarrassed by Oregon and Boise State.

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 10:  Daryle Hawkins #16 of the Oregon Ducks runs with the ball against Khalid Wooten #2 of the Nevada Wolf Pack on September 10, 2011 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The Golden Eagles have the 14th highest scoring offense in college football, putting up more than 37 points per game. They have scored at least 44 points in six games this season and even dropped 63 on Navy in October.

After frustrating the NCAA's all-time leading passer Case Keenum, the Golden Eagles defense should have no trouble with freshman quarterback Cody Fajardo. Keenum had only thrown three interceptions all season, but Southern Miss picked him off twice.

The Golden Eagles also have some added motivation coming into this game, as it will be the last under head coach Larry Fedora. Fedora will be coaching at North Carolina next season.

This year's team already has the most wins in Southern Miss history and they're determined to add to it. With a potent offense and some emotional incentive, the Golden Eagles will destroy Nevada on Saturday.

Prediction: Southern Miss 45, Nevada 27