Oregon State vs. Nevada fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV
Oregon State (1-1) vs. Nevada (1-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why Nevada Will Win
Even when the passing game doesn’t work, it still sort of works.
It blew up Portland State in a light scrimmage, and even in the 41-10 loss to Vanderbilt, it still went for 216 yards and had a few nice moments.
Oregon State got bombed on by Ohio State, but it also got rocked by Southern Utah for 340 yards and two scores with a whole slew of big plays in the 48-25 Beaver win.
Ty Gangi might throw a few picks – he’s given up three interceptions so far – but he’s a veteran in the attack now who knows how to get things moving.
The Wolf Pack will get yards against the porous Oregon State defense, and it’s going to keep the chains moving. The Beavers are the third-worst in the country in third downs allowed – Ohio State and Southern Utah combined to convert on 59% of their chances.
One Reason Why Oregon State Will Win
The offense is working.
There might be a whole slew of problems, but under Jonathan Smith there’s reason to get excited about what’s coming. The Beavers are moving the ball.
The 1-2 rushing punch of Jermar Jefferson and Artavis Pierce has been excellent so far – combining to average over ten yards per carry with seven touchdowns. They should have few problems against a porous Pack run defense that got rolled for close to 200 yards and three scores against Vanderbilt.
Time of possession doesn’t matter for either team, but Oregon State should hold the ball longer. It’ll work with pace, but it’ll have the ball for close to 35 minutes.
What’s Going To Happen
This is where the Oregon State offense really starts to look the part.
The defense will have its issues at times slowing down the Nevada passing attack, but the ground game will do whatever is needed to answer every good Wolf Pack drive.
This won’t be a walk in the park, but even on the road, the Beavers will have control of the game in the third quarter.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Oregon State 41, Nevada 27
Line: Nevada -3, o/u: 69
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4
Must See Rating: 2.5
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