Kickoff: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Television: NBC Sports
Radio: KMJ (AM 580), ESPN Deportes (1600 AM)
Keys to the Game
Fresno State is a -3 point favorite. The first time the Bulldogs have been a favorite versus Nevada since 2006. FS has not been favored in Reno since that infamous 2005 game. Unlike 2005, the ‘Dogs cannot lock up a piece of the conference championship with a win over the Wolf Pack. But this is by far the most important conference game for Fresno State since losing back-to-back games at Nevada and versus Louisiana Tech that season in November.
The Wolf Pack is well rested after having 15 days to prepare for this game. Furthermore, Nevada has new life in the MWC race after watching San Diego State knock off Boise State last week.
The Bulldogs are a shade of themselves on the road. Wins at Colorado State and New Mexico don't hold weight considering FS has lost at Oregon, Tulsa and Boise State. Granted, the ‘Dogs three toughest opponents have been played away from Bulldog Stadium but the ineffectiveness of the FS offense in those games cannot be ignored.
Nevada's defense on paper doesn't have a shot to stop the Bulldogs offense. But throw in the cold weather and the ‘Dogs road struggles, the Wolf Pack defense should be fine. This game will come down to Fresno State's defense. Can the Bulldogs shut down running back Stefphon Jefferson and quarterback Cody Fajardo? Can the Bulldogs limit Nevada's scoring and add a few scores of their own?
Fresno State has yet to play a complete four-quarter game on both sides of the field. Can we expect the Bulldogs to do it on the road against a good Nevada team? No doubt, if this game is at Bulldog Stadium, Fresno State wins going away. But this is a different team on the road. And until they prove they can beat a solid team away from home, it's a another game of "ifs and buts."
Fresno State 27, Nevada 28
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