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#181 San Jose State at #182 Nevada
When and where: Oct. 12, 2019. Mackey Stadium, Reno, NV, 4 p.m.
For the past few years, San Jose State has been one of the Mountain West Conference’s biggest pushovers, having won only three games since 2016. Not so this year. The Spartans are 3-2 on the season, including a 31-24 win over Power Five school Arkansas. Nevada is also 3-2 on the season, so the two teams match up pretty well.
Spartans on a roll
Besides knocking off Arkansas, San Jose State are coming off a 32-21 conference victory over New Mexico. A win over the Wolf Pack would extend their win streak to two game, which may not sound that impressive but it hasn’t happened for the Spartans since 2014.
Quarterback Josh Love has led the Spartans resurgence, with 1,418 yards passing on the season. That’s only 535 yards less than he threw for all last season. Last week, he threw for 405 yards against New Mexico.
7⃣ catches for @BambinoTre in the win over New Mexico⚡️— San José State Football (@SanJoseStateFB) October 7, 2019
He is now 3rd in the nation with 8.3 receptions per game📈
Arkansas - 1⃣2⃣
Air Force - 6⃣
New Mexico - 7⃣#SpartanUp pic.twitter.com/9Msc3qyJ7P
“This is an awesome win for our football team,” said coach Brent Brennen, who this season has equalled his victory total from his first two seasons combined. “There were lots of moments where it looked like we could either blow it open or it looked like they were going to climb back in. Our team did an outstanding job in rallying in those moments.
Nevada looking to bounce back
So far, this season has been a roller coaster ride for the Wolf Pack. Nevada opened the season with a big 34-31 upset at home over Purdue. But last week, they were blown out by Hawaii, 54-3, at home.
Nevada will turn to a new quarterback this week in Malik Henry. The junior college transfer is the third starter on the season for the Wolf Pack. Henry originally signed with Florida State, but then transferred to a junior college before arriving in Reno. He was a four-star recruit and was rated as one of the nation’s Top 60 prospects by three different services.
.@Criss_breezy4 got the job done in the air AND with his feet last night. The QB is our first 100-yard rusher of the season, also throwing for 182 yards and two touchdowns.#BattleBorn // #NevadaGrit pic.twitter.com/3ulwhhZVwp— Nevada Football (@NevadaFootball) September 22, 2019
“I feel like at this point in the season, with where we are as a team, that Malik deserves his opportunity,” said Nevada coach Jay Norville.
• Wolf Pack are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss
• Wolf Pack are 4-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
• Wolf Pack are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in October
• Spartans are 1-8 ATS in their last nine meetings in Nevada
• Spartans are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 meetings against Nevada
• Spartans are 5-14-1 in their last 20 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Wolf Pack were blown out last week by Hawaii, losing by 51 points. But history has shown Nevada to be a good bet against San Jose State as they lead the season series, 21-9-2. They have also won the last two and nine of the past 11 games. San Jose State hasn’t won in their last eight trips to Reno.
San Jose State did score a nice win at Arkansas, but the next week lost 41-24 on the road against Air Force. While the Spartans have shown improvement and have a potent offense, it’s hard to take them on the road with a small point spread.
Take the Wolf Pack -1.5
Prediction: Nevada -1.5