Nevada at San Jose State: 12/11/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Nevada at San Jose State: 12/11/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose State Spartans (5-0) vs Nevada Wolf Pack (6-1)

Game Info: Friday, December 11, 2020 at 10:00 pm (CEFCU Stadium)

Betting Odds: San Jose State Spartans -3.5 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Nevada Wolf Pack will travel to CEFCU Stadium to take on the San Jose State Spartans this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Nevada Wolf Pack improved to 5-1 on the season after defeating the Fresno State Bulldogs, 37-26, this past Saturday. Nevada went into the 4th quarter with a 24-20 lead and was able to pull away with 14 unanswered points to start the quarter to take a 37-20 lead with just 5:32 left in regulation. Nevada was outgained by Fresno State by a 599-416 margin and committed 3 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Wolf Pack was WR Tory Horton who had 5 receptions for 148 yards & 3 TD’s.

On the season, Nevada is averaging 31.3 ppg on 442.1 total yards per game (334.4 passing yds/g; 107.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Nevada has been led by QB Carson Strong who has completed 69.5% of his passes for 2,327 yards, 21 TD, & 4 INT. The top receiving threats for Strong and the Wolf Pack have been Romeo Doubs (44 rec, 885 yards, 9 TD), Cole Turner (40 rec, 496 yards, 6 TD), and Tory Horton (12 rec, 244 yards, 5 TD). Leading the way for the Wolf Pack backfield has been the duo of Toa Taua (83 att, 477 yards, 3 TD) and Devonte Lee (57 att, 284 yards, TD).

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Defensively, Nevada is holding their opponents to an average of 21.9 ppg on 361.1 total yards per game (240.3 passing yds/g; 120.9 rushing yds/g).

Th San Jose State Spartans improved to 5-0 on the season after defeating the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors, 35-24, this past Saturday. San Jose State was able to race out to a 21-0 lead in the 1st quarter and had no trouble securing the victory after a 50-yard TD reception by the Spartans Tre Walker gave San Jose State a 35-17 lead with 12:03 left in regulation. San Jose State outgained Hawai’i by a 468-339 margin and forced 1 turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Spartans was the backfield duo of Tyler Nevens & Kairee Robinson who combined for 263 yards & 3 TD’s on 33 carries.

On the season, San Jose State is averaging 30.4 ppg on 419.2 total yards per game (270.0 passing yds/g; 149.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, San Jose State has been led by QB Nick Starkel who has completed 66.2% of his passes for 1,147 yards, 11 TD, & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for the Spartans have been Bailey Gaither (29 rec, 417 yards, 4 TD), Tre Walker (24 rec, 329 yards, 3 TD), and Derrick Deese Jr. (11 rec, 158 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Spartans backfield has been the duo of Tyler Nevens (39 att, 270 yards, 4 TD) & Kairee Robinson (53 att, 217 yards, 2 TD).

Defensively, San Jose State is holding their opponents to an average of 17.0 ppg on 347.2 total yards per game (221.8 passing yds/g; 125.4 rushing yds/g).

The Wolf Pack are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games and 10-1 SU in their last 11 games vs. San Jose State. The Spartans are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 December games.

Nevada has had a lot of success in recent years against San Jose State and has one of the better passing attacks in the Mountain West, however, this is a much better San Jose State team than the Wolf Pack has seen in the past few years. San Jose State has a balanced offensive attack and, in my opinion, the best defense in the Mountain West and as I think the Spartans continue to have success against a Nevada defense that just gave up almost 600 yards to Fresno State, I’m taking San Jose State to cover this home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick San Jose Spartans -3.5

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