MWC Wire Preview Of Nevada vs Colorado State: Keys To Victory For Wolf Pack

MWC Wire Preview Of Nevada vs Colorado State: Keys To Victory For Wolf Pack


MWC Wire Preview Of Nevada vs Colorado State: Keys To Victory For Wolf Pack

Here Are Three Keys For the Nevada Wolf Pack To Be Victorious Against Colorado State

The Wolf Pack travel to Ft. Collins to face off against the Colorado State Rams

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Here Are Three Keys For The Wolf Pack Game Against Colorado State

The Nevada Wolf Pack (1-5, 1-1) will travel to Fort Collins, Colorado to face off against the Colorado State Rams (4-2, 2-0) on Saturday night.

The Wolf Pack are coming off a 35-21 victory against Hawaii last Saturday and will now travel to Fort Collins where Nevada is 0-7 all-time against Colorado State. The Wolf Pack will face a Rams team that is one of the most explosive offenses not only in the Mountain West but in the country. This Rams offensive attack is led by quarterback Nick Stevens and he has a plethora of weapons assisting him in making Colorado State’s offense a potent group.

Can the rejuvenated Wolf Pack defeat Colorado State and get their first ever win in Fort Collins on Saturday? Here are some keys for a Nevada victory.

-Try to stop (or at least contain) Stevens and the Rams offense

The Rams offense is averaging 506 yards of total offense a game so far this season which is good for first in the Mountain West Conference and 14th in the country. They average 33 points per game and average 312 yards passing a game and 194 rushing yards a game as well. This offense is led by QB Nick Stevens (1,871 yards, 14 touchdowns, six interceptions) but he does not do it alone. Dalyn Dawkins (493 rushing yards, three touchdowns), Izzy Matthews (374 yards, four touchdowns) and Michael Gallup (46 receptions, 685 yards, two touchdowns) all make up an explosive offense that is one of the best in the country.

Stopping (or at least slowing down) this Rams offense is easier said than done but Malik Reed and the Nevada defense, which had some key stops late in the dame against Hawaii to seal the win, must be up to the task in slowing down the Rams offense in order to be victorious on Saturday.

-Ty Gangi must continue his brilliant performance from last week.

Gangi played his best game of his Nevada career last Saturday. He completed 25 of 32 passes for 278 yards and threw for four touchdowns. He did an excellent job of moving the offense in the right direction against Hawaii and getting the ball to the playmakers on the team.

The Wolf Pack will need more on Saturday as they face a Rams defense that is allowing opponents to completed 61 percent of their passes and averaging 256 yards per game. It is key for Gangi and the Nevada offense to try to exploit a susceptible Rams pass defense in order to pull off the victory in Fort Collins on Saturday.

-The Wolf Pack must convert on 3rd down to keep the Rams offense off the field

The Rams defense struggles to get off the field on third down. So far, this season, Colorado State is allowing opponents to convert on third down 44 percent of the time (good for 106th in the country in that statistic). In Saturday’s win over Hawaii, Nevada went 7-14 on third down and one of the reasons was the big plays from Gangi and sophomore running back Kelton Moore. Moore ran for 216 yards in the win over the Rainbow Warriors and the Wolf Pack will need the sophomore from Arlington, Texas to turn in another fine running performance this week in Fort Collins in order to keep the explosive Rams offense on the sidelines and possible grind out an upset victory against the Rams this Saturday.

Game Info:

Game Time: 7:15pm Pacific Time

Where: Colorado State Stadium, Ft. Collins, Colorado

TV/Radio: ESPN2/94.5

Online: Watch ESPN

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