Nevada 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction
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Breaking Down the Nevada Wolf Pack Win Total
2020 College Football Season
Nevada: O/U 5.5 Wins -- Title Odds:
The Nevada Wolf Pack will be looking to build off of their 2019 season. Nevada finished the 2019 campaign with an overall record of (7-6), while going (4-4) in Mountain West play. Neither the offense or defense were all that spectacular. The offense ranked 111th in points per game, while the defense ranked 100th in most points allowed per contest. The program is under the direction of Jay Norvell.
The offense was guided by quarterback Carson Strong. Strong passed for 2,335 yards, while throwing 11 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He will be entering his sophomore season, as he gained valuable experience as a freshman. The backfield was guided by Toa Taua. Taua rushed for 807 yards and 6 touchdowns as a sophomore. He will look to carry the backfield, as he enters his senior year. Elijah Cooks paced the receiving core with 926 yards and 8 touchdowns as a junior. Cooks will be looking to build off the chemistry from last season with quarterback Carson Strong. Look for Strong to throw the ball even more to Cooks, as the wideout should see his receptions increase from 76 this past season.
As a team the defense registered 23 sacks and 11 interceptions. The defense was led by sophomore defensive back Tyson Williams. Williams had a team high 85 tackles, while adding 1 interception. Dom Peterson showed great pass rushing ability as a sophomore, as he led the defense with 9 sacks. Daniel Brown was solid in the secondary with 5 pass break ups and 4 interceptions, although he was a senior during 2019. Berdale Robins is back for Nevada in the secondary, he enters his senior season. Robins contributed 5 pass break ups, 2 interceptions, and 18 tackles last season.
Let us take a look at the Nevada schedule for the 2020 season.
Aug. 29 UC Davis
Sept. 5 at Arkansas
Sept. 12 UTEP
Sept. 19 at USF
Sept. 26 San Diego State
Oct. 3 at Hawaii
Oct. 17 at New Mexico
Oct. 24 Fresno State
Oct. 31 Utah State
Nov. 7 at San Jose State
Nov. 14 Wyoming
Nov. 28 at UNLV
The Wolf Pack open the season with a string of non-conference games. Nevada plays host to UC Davis and UTEP, while playing on the road at Arkansas and South Florida during that stretch.
The projected win total is set at 5.5 wins. Nevada lucked out this season and will not have to play Boise State or Air Force. The two teams combined to go 23-4 a season ago. A 2-2 record in non-conference play is appropriate, with losses to Arkansas and South Florida. Nevada should find success against New Mexico, UNLV, and a Utah State team that is down heading into 2020. Those 3 wins plus 2 in non-conference play would leave the Wolf Pack needing 1 win, in order for the over to cash. With the offense returning experienced skilled players, I look for the offense to increase their points per game. The defense may struggle, but look for the offense to keep the fans interested. I’m siding with the over, as Nevada should be able to find one more win throughout this schedule and have an opportunity to rebound from their bowl game loss last season.