NCAAF Preview: Washington State at Nevada

There is a big West Coast game on Friday night in college football. This is the second of two games Friday night, and features two teams that are looking to showcase in front of the national spotlight.  The Washington State Cougars, who are coming off a 6-7 season of a year ago will play at the Nevada Wolf Pack, who won just four games a season ago. The Wolf Pack play in the Mountain West Conference. Washington State lost in their season opener against Rutgers, while the Wolf Pack are coming off a big win over the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah.

Nevada features a dynamic quarterback in Cody Fajardo. Fajardo was a big player in the opener over Southern Utah. He threw for 303 yards and a touchdown, while he was able to rush for 68 yards and a touchdown. The Wolf Pack’s top receiver was Jerico Richardson, who caught 13 passes for 177 yards.  In the win for the Wolf Pack over Southern Utah, they dominated the time of possession. The Wolf Pack held the ball for more than 40 minutes in the win. Nevada’s defense also forced Southern Utah to turn the ball over twice. Nevada will play their next two games on the road; at Arizona and then at San Jose State. The Wolf Pack are looking to finish at the top of the Mountain West Conference West Division, where San Diego State and San Jose State expect to compete for a title.

The Washington State Cougars passed the ball a ton in their season opening loss to Big Ten newcomer Rutgers. The Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday completed 40 of 56 passes for 532 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Cougars were unable to stop the Scarlet Knights ground game, allowing over 200 yards. Washington State will play at home in their next two games. Next week Portland State comes to town, and they will follow that up with a visit from the Ducks of Oregon. The Cougars have four teams on their 2014 schedule that are ranked in the Top 25 to start the season.

The over/under set for this game is at 67, and we even feel that will be too low. There will be several storylines in this one. First, the Cougars will pass the football, a lot. Nevada will run the football, which will keep it down a bit, but Washington State will be unable to stop them. We are going to take the over 67, and feel that number will climb even more before kick-off. As far as the spread, we are going to take the underdog Nevada Wolf Pack at home. Nevada comes into the game +3.5 over the Washington State Cougars. We are betting the home underdog!

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