Hawaii vs. Nevada: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction

Hawaii vs. Nevada: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction

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Hawaii vs. Nevada: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction

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WEEK 7: Hawaii (3-3) at Nevada (4-1)

WHEN: Saturday, October 16th — 7:30 p.m. PT

WHERE: Reno, Nevada; Mackay Stadium

TV: CBS Sports Network

STREAMING: FuboTV — Get a seven-day free trial

LAST WEEK: Hawaii beat Fresno State 27-24 and Nevada beat New Mexico State 55-28.

ODDS: Nevada -15

Nevada hosts the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, both teams looking to build off impressive wins.

Both Nevada and Hawaii are coming off of big wins this past week. Hawaii hosted the Bulldogs and tackled the 18th team in the county, beating Fresno State 27-24. Nevada took on a lesser foe in New Mexico State and sailed past the aggies 55-28. Both teams are riding highs, facing off in Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

Hawaii had quite the win last week, taking down the 18th team in the country in Fresno State. The Rainbow Warriors forced six turnovers in total. Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener threw four interceptions, the Bulldogs also had two fumbles letting Hawaii get crucial turnovers that led to the win. Hawaii’s rushing attack was on full display totaling 232 yards on the ground. Hawaii’s freshman quarterback Brayden Schager had quite the day as well, throwing for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Hawaii hosted Fresno State on the island and made the Bulldogs pay, handing them their second loss on the year. 

On the other hand, Nevada sailed past their opponent last week. The Wolf Pack put on a show in Mackay Stadium, beating the New Mexico State Aggies 55-28. Carson Strong had an amazing day throwing for 377 yards and six touchdowns. The Wolf Pack defense did let up 28 points which could be a point of improvement facing a team with a much better offense. 

Hawaii switched to true freshman Brayden Schager to lead the Rainbow Warriors. Schager will look to keep the great play alive, in hopes to top a Wolf Pack team that is clicking on all cylinders. Hawaii’s defense has also been strong as of late. The Rainbow Warrior defense forced a total of six turnovers when facing Fresno State. Haener, who has had an amazing year of late, coughed the ball up frequently on the island. The Bulldogs quarterback has threw six interceptions on the year, four of them came last week. Hawaii will need to force turnovers at the same rate if they want to upset Nevada. 

Nevada has had two great weeks heading into their homecoming weekend. Coming off back-to-back wins, beating first Boise State and then New Mexico State. Strong is looking as impressive as ever coming off his six-touchdown performance against the Aggies.

With the much improved Wolf Pack offensive line, their run game can be deadly as well. When Nevada took down Boise State, both Toa Taua and Devonte Lee had monster days on the ground. The Wolf Pack had 130 yards on the ground compared to Boise State’s 22. The Wolf Pack will also have more to play for, facing the Rainbow Warriors on what will hope to be a packed house for Nevada’s homecoming.

Keys to victory

If Hawaii wants to win this game they have to limit Strong and Nevada’s prolific passing game. The Wolf Pack have shown that once they are clicking offensively, they can completely take over a game. Elijah Cooks being out for the season makes the Rainbow Warriors job slightly easier, but Hawaii will still have to try and contain players like Romeo Doubs, Cole Turner and Justin Lockhart. If Hawaii can limit Nevada offensively and force the Wolf Pack to make turnovers, the Rainbow Warriors can go into Mackay Stadium and upset the homecoming team.

Nevada has to keep up the pressure on defense. The Wolf Pack rank sixth in the country in sacks and second in the country in sacks per game. Led by Dom Peterson, Sam Hammond and Tristan Nichols who have a combined 13.5 sacks on the year. If Nevada can put the pressure on Hawaii’s freshman quarterback, the Rainbow Warriors will have a long day.

Prediction

Hawaii is going to struggle playing Nevada’s defense. The Wolf Pack will have high energy looking to revenge last years game when they fell to the Rainbow Warriors. Nevada will look to build on last week’s performance and throw the ball all over Hawaii’s defense. The Wolf Pack should take care of business at home, 45-24 Nevada wins. 


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