Nevada vs. Utah State prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins Saturday afternoon’s matchup between the Wolf Pack and Aggies.
When: Saturday, Nov. 19 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Where: Mackay Stadium, Reno, Nevada
TV Broadcast: ESPN 3
Nevada (3-7) has seen its season go south in a hurry. The Wolf Pack started out 3-3 but has since lost its last four games to San Jose State, Wyoming, New Mexico and San Diego State. After its most recent 46-16 loss to the Aztecs, Nevada sits in fifth place in the Mountain West’s West division. The Wolf Pack hasn’t won since it took down Fresno State on Oct. 8, 27-22.
Right behind Nevada, in sixth place in the West division, is Utah State (3-7). The Aggies’ last win also came against Fresno State, when they took down the Bulldogs two weeks after Nevada did. Since then, Utah State has fallen in three consecutive games to San Diego State, Wyoming and New Mexico. The most recent loss to the Lobos came at home, 24-21.
It’s the Wolf Pack who leads the all-time series with the Aggies, 17-6. However, Utah State has claimed the last two meetings, including last season’s 31-27 victory in Logan.
What To Know About Nevada
Last time out, the Wolf Pack got a subpar game from Ty Gangi. He connected on 21-of-37 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns, but he was picked off three times by the Aztecs. One of his touchdowns went to Wyatt Demps, who led the team with four catches for 93 yards. The other score was caught by Hasaan Henderson, who reeled in two balls for 24 yards.
Tailback James Butler couldn’t get anything going for Nevada. He ran for only 32 yards on 14 carries and was kept out of the end zone. Jaxson Kincaide led the team with 41 rushing yards on 10 carries.
What to Know About Utah State
Kent Myers had much easier time tossing the rock in Utah State’s loss to New Mexico. He completed 21-of-27 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His only scoring strike was corraled by Ron’Quavion Tarver, who caught six passes for 84 yards. Nine other Aggies caught at least one pass, though.
Myers didn’t do that much in the running game surprisingly. He ran for 18 yards on four carries. Most of the work was done by Damion Hobbs and Tonny Lindsey, who combined for 68 rushing yards and two touchdowns (both scored by Lindsey) on 17 carries.
Offense: Utah State – Myers has protected the ball and can hurt teams with his running ability.
Defense: Utah State – The Aggies are No. 49 in total defense, allowing 386.2 yards per game. Nevada is No. 111, giving up 464.6 yards per game.
Special Teams: Utah State – Brock Warren has drilled home 8-of-10 field goals for the Aggies, and Nevada kickers Brent Zuzo and Spencer Pettit have combined to hit 7-of-13 field goals.
Coaching: Nevada – Brian Polian’s team is one spot ahead of Matt Wells’ team, so yeah.
Matchup To Watch
Ty Gangi vs. Kent Myers
As it usually does, this matchup will be decided by whichever quarterback is moving the ball consistently down the field while avoiding turnovers. Gangi, who’s filling in for the injured Tyler Stewart, has a 5:6 touchdown-interception ratio. Myers, on the other hand, has thrown 10 touchdowns to six interceptions. If Gangi forces the ball into tight windows or tries to do too much, he could get picked off, and Myers wouldn’t hesitate to capitalize off the turnovers — and vice versa.
Spread: Utah State -6.5
Nevada vs. Utah State Prediction
The absence of Devante Mays for Utah State is a big one. We don’t yet know if he’ll be available for this game after missing last weekend, but Lindsey will do just fine against Nevada. He’ll run for close to 100 yards and will find the end zone twice for the Aggies. Myers will also tote the rock for a rushing touchdown, but he’ll do a lot through the air, too. Gangi will have an average game and will get picked off yet again, as Utah State claims another victory over Nevada.
Nevada vs. Utah State Score Prediction: Utah State 35, Nevada 31