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How and what to watch for Nevada vs. New Mexico

New Mexico has set up shop just outside of Las Vegas for the foreseeable future. Their first “home” test will be a 3-0 Nevada team that is lighting it up through the air.

Running back Devonte Lee of the Nevada Wolf Pack runs against defensive back Bryce Jackson of the UNLV Rebels for a 35-yard gain in the second half of their game at Allegiant Stadium on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wolf Pack defeated the Rebels 37-19. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

COVID-19 has touched every corner of college football and Saturday’s Mountain West showdown between the Nevada Wolfpack and the New Mexico Lobos will be a battle between one program trying to stay at the top of the MWC standings and another program doing everything it can to keep its season alive.

New Mexico was overpowered in the second half during last week’s 38-33 loss at Hawaii but the major story for the Lobos this week is the entire program relocating their entire program to Henderson, Nevada. Because of the state of New Mexico’s crackdown on gatherings of more than five people, UNM has set up shop at a hotel just outside of Las Vegas and their matchup with Nevada will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium, UNLV’s former home.

Matching up against the nomadic Lobos will be Jay Norvell’s 3-0 Wolfpack, who trounced Utah State 34-9 last wee in a blowout that forced the Aggies to part ways with head coach Gary Anderson afterwards. The Pack defense shutout USU for the final three quarters, limiting their offense to just 210 yards total.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Nevada vs. New Mexico on Saturday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. ET on FS2, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Nevada (-17) vs. New Mexico
Point Total: 62
Money line: Nevada (-715), New Mexico (+480)

  • Nevada has covered the spread in seven of its last eight games.
  • Four of Nevada’s last five road games have gone UNDER the total points line.
  • Nevada covered as a three and a half point favorite in last year’s matchup between the two programs. The under of 57.5 hit in a 21-10 Wolfpack victory.
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The Best Bet

Nevada quarterback Carson Strong has been lights out through the first three games, throwing for 1,181 yards and nine touchdowns with a 73.3 completion percentage. Receivers Romeo Doubs and Cole Turner have helped him out as his leading receivers.

On the other side, the New Mexico defense has been torched through the air, giving up 400+ passing yards in both games along with nine touchdowns. Combine that with New Mexico’s situation with moving their entire football operations across state lines and this has the makings for a Nevada rout.

Pick: Nevada -17

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