It’s been a great season for the Fresno State Bulldogs as they are in striking distance of a BCS bowl — in fact, they are favored to make an appearance in one this season if they win out. The unbeaten Bulldogs are this year’s cinderella and they look to make a statement if they make BCS bowl.
On the other side of the field, the Nevada Wolf Pack were one of the favorites to win the Mountain West Conference this season, but a 3-5 start to the season won’t help that. It was looking promising for the Wolf Pack through the first month of the season as they were 3-2, but three straight losses have changed that.
Fresno State will be moving forward for the rest of the season in good hands. Senior quarterback Derek Carr has been phenomenal this season for the Bulldogs and he is the main reason why this team is hungry for a BCS bowl berth. Carr has passed for 2,574 yards and 25 touchdowns on the season, leading the seventh best passing and scoring offense in the nation. Davante Adams has broken away as the clear-favorite wide out in the pass game, catching 72 passes for 804 yards and 13 touchdowns — a major reason for Carr’s success.
Nevada is led by one of the best quarterbacks in the conference in Cody Fajardo. The junior suffered an injury early in he season that kept him out two games, but he has come back to play tremendous, passing for 1,750 yards and nine touchdowns with just one interception. You can’t overlook how accurate he has been, completing nearly 68 percent of his passes and also rushing for 313 yards and five touchdowns isn’t too shabby, either. Kendall Brock leads the run game with 539 yards and six touchdowns while Brandon Wimberly leads all receivers with 622 yards and five scores.
Defensively, the Bulldogs are ranked 81st in the nation in points allowed per game as well as 87th in the nation in yards allowed per game. Nevada ranks 111th in the nation in points allowed and 120th in yards allowed per game this season — this should be a high scoring affair.
Nevada will travel to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs at 10:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 2. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
PREDICTION: Nevada 30, Fresno State 41