Fresno State vs. Nevada Prediction, Game Preview

    Fresno State vs. Nevada prediction and game preview. The struggling Bulldogs look to get their third win as they host the 4-4 Wolf Pack.

    November 3, 2015

    There was a time when this game would be one of the big must-watch showdowns of the season – at least outside of the power conferences. This time around, Fresno State (2-6) needs to start a streak so it can win out and be bowl eligible, while Nevada needs the win to get into the Mountain West bowl pecking order. Check out the Nevada vs. Fresno State game preview and prediction.

    Nevada vs. Fresno State Game Preview


    Date: Thursday, Nov. 5
    Game Time: 10:30 pm
    Venue: Bulldog Stadium, Fresno CA

    Network: ESPN2

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    Why Nevada Will Win

    Even with all the problems – really, Nevada, losses to Wyoming and UNLV? – the running game is still good enough to win with. That alone should be enough against a punchless Fresno State team that’s having a hard time scoring, coming up with 14 points or fewer in three of the last four games. The Bulldog O simply can’t go on long, sustained drives, and it doesn’t have any sort of downfield passing game to open things up.

    Why Fresno State Will Win

    This isn’t the most consistent or explosive of Wolf Pack attacks. It’s one-dimensional with no passing game and not enough long, sustained drives over the past few weeks. The wins have been coming enough to keep the Nevada season alive, but this isn’t the offense powerhouse it was supposed to be growing into by this time of year. What’s been the one big positive for Fresno State? The punting game has been solid. If it can keep Nevada on its side of the field for long stretches, it might have a chance to keep this a slugfest.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Fresno State might be looking awful so far, but other than the San Jose State loss, it’s not losing to teams it should be beating. This is where being at home in a desperate situation has to matter. Nevada’s offense stalls way too often, and Fresno will take advantage. Expect the Bulldog offense to actually score a little bit – there will be more than 14 points coming.

    Nevada vs. Fresno State Prediction

    Final Score: Fresno State 23, Nevada 20, Line: Nevada -4, o/u: 55

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