Nevada vs. Oregon: Game Preview, TV & Radio Schedule, Livestream, Odds, More
The Nevada Wolf Pack hit the road to take on the #16 Oregon Ducks on Saturday.
Can the Wolf Pack upset #16 Oregon on the road?
WEEK 2: Nevada Wolf Pack (1-0) vs. #16 Oregon Ducks (0-1)
WHEN: Saturday, September 7th — 4:30 PM MT/3:30 PM PT
WHERE: Autzen Stadium; Eugene, Oregon (seat capacity 54,000)
TV: Pac-12 Network
STREAM: FuboTV – Get 7-day free trial
SERIES RECORD: Oregon leads this series against Nevada 6-1.
ODDS: Oregon – 24.5
FEI PROJECTION: Oregon by 14.0
SP+ PROJECTION: Oregon by 17.6 (84% win probability)
In their Week 2 contest, the Nevada Wolf Pack will travel to Eugene, Oregon to take on the Oregon Ducks on Saturday.
Nevada is coming off of a thrilling, come from behind victory last Friday night as they defeated Purdue 34-31. Nevada now faces an Oregon team trying to bounce back from a tough loss in Arlington, Texas against Auburn last Saturday night by a score of 27-21.
For Nevada, this is their first trip back to Autzen Stadium to face the Ducks since 2011, when Oregon demolished the Wolf Pack by a score of 69-20. Nevada is looking to avenge that horrific loss and end an 11-game losing streak against teams ranked in the AP Top-25. Oregon this week is ranked number 16 in the latest AP Top 25 poll and Nevada’s record all time against the AP Top 25 is 4-29. The Wolf Pack’s last win against a top-25 opponent was back in 2010, when Nevada defeated #3 Boise State at home by a score of 34-31.
Can the Wolf Pack snap this losing streak against top-25 ranked teams on Saturday and send Oregon’s record to 0-2? Here are the three keys and a prediction for this contest between Nevada and Oregon.
Establish the running game against Oregon
In Nevada’s win over Purdue last week,the Wolf Pack’s rushing offense only generated 4.4 yards per attempt and Toa Taua led the team with only 56 yards rushing on 12 carries. The longest successful run play for the Wolf Pack was 12 yards by the quarterback, Carson Strong.
It’s safe to say that Nevada’s ground game has to get it in gear this week against Oregon. In a hostile environment like Autzen Stadium, a good ground attack can be essential in helping out Carson Strong who is making his first road game start as quarterback this Saturday,
Also, Oregon’s defense gave up 206 yards rushing to Auburn last Saturday in their loss to the Tigers. The Ducks’ issues with stopping the run should be an avenue for the Wolf Pack to try to exploit this Saturday in Eugene.
Nevada must try to improve their pass defense
Nevada’s secondary got torched for 423 yards last week by Purdue’s quarterback Elijah Sindelar. Nevada was able to pick off Sindelar twice and slow him down in the second half, but the pass defense for Nevada left something to be desired.
It is not going to get any easier for the Wolf Pack secondary this week as they take on Oregon and their quarterback Justin Herbert. Herbert has all of the tools NFL teams look for in a quarterback (size, skill and arm) and, while he only threw for 242 yards and had one touchdown pass last week, Herbert still has the talent to lead the Ducks and play much better than he did against Auburn.
Nevada’s defense is going to have to correct their issues and try to force Herbert to turn the ball over, which is no easy task, but it must be done for Nevada to win on Saturday.
Carson Strong must play well for 60 minutes
Last week in his debut against Purdue, Carson Strong got off to a slow start and the Nevada offense struggled in the first half. In the second half, however, Strong started to get it going and the Wolf Pack offense took off and helped propel Nevada to the win over the Boilermakers.
For Nevada to win on Saturday, the Wolf Pack are going to need Carson Strong to play well for a full 60 minutes. If he has a slow start again this week, Nevada may not be able to come back and win against Oregon.
Prediction and Score
Nevada should be coming into this contest against Oregon feeling confident after last week’s come from behind victory over Purdue. But they are facing an Oregon team that still has quarterback Justin Herbert and is reeling from a gut-wrenching loss to Auburn last Saturday. The Ducks are looking to bounce back and do so in a big way against the Wolf Pack.
If Nevada can run the ball successfully against Oregon, and if Carson Strong can play well for a full game, Nevada could pull off the upset. But Oregon is just too talented overall and have the home field on their side.
Given the struggles of Nevada’s secondary last week (save for the two interceptions off Elijah Sindelar), I expect Justin Herbert to have a big day against Nevada and secure the win and extend the Wolf Pack’s losing streak against AP top 25 teams to 12.
Final Score Prediction: Oregon 42, Nevada 26