The Nevada Wolf Pack Return To Action To Face Off Against Boise State. Here Is A Preview And Keys For A Nevada Victory
How can the Wolf Pack break through and score an upset on the road Saturday night?
Yes, this is a rivalry game.
WHEN: Saturday, November 4; 4:00 PM PT
WHERE: Albertsons Stadium; Boise, Idaho (36,387)
The Nevada Wolf Pack football team returns to the gridiron after a bye week to face off against the Boise State Broncos on Saturday afternoon. It will be Nevada’s first trip to Boise and the blue turf since 2013.
It is going to be a tall task for the Wolf Pack to go into Boise to defeat the Broncos. Nevada has only beaten Boise State once since 1999, which was the famous game in Reno when a Colin Kaepernick-led Wolf Pack team defeated the then-third ranked Broncos back in 2010.
Outside of that game, Boise State has defeated Nevada 14 out of the 15 times, though four of the seven losses were within one score. Given that Nevada’s 2017 has been particularly rough, though, a rare win in Boise would do wonders to help boost the morale of the Wolf Pack program.
How can Nevada pull off the upset over Boise State at Albertsons Stadium? Here are a few keys for Nevada to follow for that to happen.
Nevada must establish a balanced offensive attack
Boise State is one of the best defenses in the country and they are especially good at stopping the run. The Broncos are allowing only 102 yards per game to opposing offenses and they are in the top 50 nationally in passing defense. Establishing a balanced attack is not going to be easy for Nevada, but if Wolf Pack quarterback Ty Gangi can get the offense going (Nevada’s offense has been much improved over the last three games, scoring over 40 points a game), then Nevada may have a chance to spring the upset.
Stop Boise State’s Rushing Attack
Boise State’s offense this season has not been the vintage Broncos offense to which college football fans have been accustomed. They have gotten better in Mountain West play but, overall, they have struggled at times. The Broncos are 56th in the nation in scoring offense and are in the 100s nationally in offensive yards per game.
The Broncos offense has had its issues, so much so that they have used two quarterbacks to move the ball, Brett Rypien and Montell Cozart, and the results have been mixed in the passing game, at least. The Broncos have leaned on running the ball more as they have almost a 60/40 run-pass ratio.
Nevada’s defense is still below average but if they can defend the run against Boise State. That could put the Broncos in some 3rd and long situations that the Broncos offense do not want to be in.
It is going to be difficult for Nevada to defeat Boise State on Saturday. The Wolf Pack are only 2-17 all-time at Albertsons Stadium and 1-14 in their last 15 meetings with Boise State. But if Nevada can defense the run and find some holes in the Broncos defense, then Nevada can possible record a big upset on the road against Boise State.