The Utah State Aggies will host the Nevada Wolfpack in MWC action Saturday night from Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Wolfpack recorded a 41-38 home win against San Jose State last week, and the Aggies were crushed 42-6 at LSU in their previous clash on October 5th. This contest marks the first meeting between these two schools since 2016 in a game Nevada won 38-37.
Nevada Rebounds with First Conference Win
The Nevada Wolfpack enter this one with confidence. The Wolfpack rebounded from their ugly 54-3 conference-opening loss to Hawaii by recording a close 41-38 win against an improved San Jose State team last weekend in a matchup that had Nevada favored by three points. Nevada will use multiple QB’s and last week Malik Henry got his first start. The junior QB accumulating 352 passing yards with one TD, although he did toss two interceptions. Carson Strong has seen the most action and he has posted mixed results, recording 729 passing yards with a 3:5 TD to INT ratio.
The Wolfpack rely heavily on Toa Taua on the ground. The sophomore RB rushed for a season-best 160 yards last week. Taua is having a solid season, logging 429 rushing yards on an average of 4.5 yards per attempt.
Elijah Cooks is also coming off his best game of the season. The junior WR has tallied 354 receiving yards and four touchdowns on the season. He should make his presence felt against a weak Aggies pass defense. The Nevada offense has been very inconsistent this season.
The Wolfpack defense has not fared well in their last two games where they have squandered a combined 92 points. They rank down at 120th against the pass, but their rush defense is stellar, holding opponents to 118 yards per game. Nevada is scoring an average of 23.3 points, ranking them 100th overall. They are allowing an average of 39 points, placing them 126th in the FBS. They own a 1-1 road record.
Utah State Romped by LSU, Looks to Improve to 3-0 in MWC Play
The Utah State Aggies have had plenty of time to recover from their rough 42-6 loss to LSU in their previous action on October 5th. The Aggies had their three-game winning streak snapped in the loss to LSU in a clash that had LSU favored by 27 points. QB Jordan Love struggled in the defeat against the Tigers, tossing three interceptions with no touchdowns. The junior QB has not fared well this season after a dominating 2018 year. He has recorded 1337 passing yards with a 6:8 TD to INT ratio. To his defense, the Aggies have experienced a tough schedule.
The Aggies' rushing offense is a strength. The duo of Jaylen Warren and Gerold Bright have combined for 654 yards. Warren rushed for over 100 yards in his first two games, and he has 335 yards in four games after missing the game against LSU. Aggies’ receiving leader Siaosi Mariner exited with an injury in the loss to LSU, and he is questionable for this one. The senior WR has 350 receiving yards. The Aggies offense should fare much better now that they have the toughest portion of their schedule out of the way. They lost to a ranked Wake Forest team earlier this season.
The Utah State defense struggled against LSU, but overall they are a solid unit. They are having trouble against the pass which ranks down at 114th in the country, but their rush defense is holding opponents to 140 yards per game. The Aggies are scoring an average of 32 points, ranking them 50th overall. They are allowing an average of 25.6 points, placing them 58th in the FBS. Utah State is 2-0 on their home field.
The Nevada Wolfpack are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against Utah State.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up win.
- 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 conference games.
The Utah State Aggies are:
- 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight-up loss.
- 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall.