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10/18/2012 1:59:00 PM
Mackay Stadium will be rocking as the Mountain West Conference leading Nevada Wolf Pack (6-1, 3-0), host the 3rd ranked San Diego State Aztecs (4-3, 2-1) in what should be a high scoring affair. Let's make some money.
Kickoff is set for
Saturday, October 20th at 10:35 pm ET so you can either add to your profit or
recuperate from your losses and get ready for the NFL on Sunday.
lists Nevada as a touchdown odds favorite and the betting total is listed at 66.5
Cody Fajardo "should" return
After missing last
week's game in where a serviceable Devin Combs led Nevada to a comeback victory
over UNLV, starting quarterback Cody Fajardo is expected to return as his head
coach gave the thumbs up on Monday.
Nevada is 6th in the
country in rushing at 285.7 yards per game but Fajardo can also air it out and
is sorely needed to orchestrate the offense. Nevada is
In case Fajardo
isn't 100%, he has 1000 yard runner, Stefphon Jefferson to hand the ball off
to. Jefferson is the main source of offense on the team. In week 4 at Hawaii,
Jefferson had a 246 all-purpose yard day with 7 touchdowns!also 38th in the country
in passing and Fajardo poses a double threat as he can throw for efficiency,
producing PY and can also run with the ball. On the season, Fajardo is 69.3%
successful in completing his passes while throwing for 9 touchdowns and just 3
picks. He's also run the ball for 521 yards and 7 TD's.
Nevada isn't known
for their defense, allowing 28.6 points per game, but this is a team of great
offensive depth that will be difficult to be able to be kept up with by
opposing defenses and it leaves a test for San Diego State.
quarterback Ryan Katz has been very successful this season (1328 yards passing
, 13 TD, 4 INT) and he's done it by playing primarily off a strong running
game, which is 20th in the country, and finding the open man.
Katz has 5 options
to throw the football to but the team's leading receiver Gavin Escobar has just
278 yards on the season. This is a team with no definitive receiving star but
great depth and a quarterback with a high football IQ, and it's been working.
Hungry for handoffs
Aside from Katz, who
can run the ball himself, the Aztecs have two reliable options to go with in
sophomore Adam Muema and senior Walter Kazee. Don't expect the Wolf Pack to
stop Muema who's had at least one touchdown in every game this season and has rushed
for 702 yards and 9 touchdowns on the season. Muema is also coming off of one
of his better efforts last week against Colorado State.
The Aztecs should
have an easy time scoring points but the question is can they stop the high
powered offense of Nevada?
Look for San Diego
State to cover the 7 points as they're coming off of two exceptional efforts
against Hawaii and Colorado State, while there is a question about the health of
Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo. I'll be putting the Aztecs on my College Football Picks list.
NCAA Football Pick: San Diego State +7