The Nevada Wolfpack (4-3) head to Laramie this weekend for a Mountain West battle with the Wyoming Cowboys (5-2). Kickoff is set for 2:00 PM EST on October 26th at War Memorial Stadium and the game will be televised on AT&T Sportsnet.
Taking a look at the Week 9 college football odds, Wyoming opened as a 13-point home favorite earlier this week. That spread has increased by half a point after early betting, as the Cowboys are currently listed at -13.5. The total for the game is sitting at 43.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Wyoming vs Nevada
Nevada couldn’t find a way to get past Utah State on the road last weekend, falling 36-10 to drop back to 4-3 on the season overall. The Wolfpack gave up 13 unanswered points in the second quarter and never recovered, only scoring a single touchdown the rest of the way en route to a double-digit loss. QB Malik Henry went 17/38 for 213 yards but also got picked off twice. Toa Taua led the way on the ground, rushing for 84 yards and a touchdown on a game-high 20 carries. Romeo Doubs led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in four catches for 80 yards. As a whole, Nevada gained well over 300 total yards of offense and scored only one touchdown against a tough Aggies defense.
The Wolfpack had a poor outing on the other side of the ball against Utah State, giving up well over 400 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. Nevada had no answer for Gerold Bright on the ground, as he rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries.
Wyoming has now won two out of their last three games after a solid 23-10 home victory over New Mexico last weekend. The Cowboys scored seven unanswered points in the first quarter and never looked back, holding the Lobos offense scoreless until the fourth quarter en route to a double-digit win. QB Sean Chambers went 9/15 for 86 yards and a touchdown through the air while also exploding on the ground for 117 rushing yards and a score on 18 carries. RB Xazavian Valladay also played well, racking up 127 yards and a touchdown on a game-high 33 carries. Josh Harshman caught the only passing touchdown of the game for Wyoming, find the end zone on one of his two catches for 20 yards. Overall, the offense generated just under 350 total yards and scored three touchdowns.
The Cowboys were very strong defensively against New Mexico, holding the Lobos to just a single touchdown despite surrendering almost 400 total yards of offense. Wyoming was pretty tough against the run in the victory, as they didn’t allow any rushing touchdowns or give up more than 90 yards to an individual player.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: OVER 43.5
While I do think that Wyoming should be able to find a way to win this game outright here in Week 9, I’m not that crazy about the idea of laying almost two full touchdowns. The Cowboys haven’t exactly been blowing their opponents out of the water so far this year either, winning just one game by more than two touchdowns. While Nevada has really struggled at times this season, they did stay within a field goal of Purdue back in Week 1. I think the best value in this Mountain West matchup is probably the OVER on 43.5 total points scored, especially with how poorly the Wolfpack have played on defense as of late. They have now given up at least 36 points in three consecutive games, including allowing 50+ against Hawaii.
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Nevada has also been involved in some high-scoring games on the road as of late, as the total has gone OVER in two out of their last three games away from Mackay Stadium. While the Cowboys offense isn’t really all that explosive by any means, they have scored 98 total points over their last three games combined. I’m going to avoid both of these Mountain West rivals against the spread on Saturday, as I’d much rather take the OVER on 43.5 total points scored in what should be an entertaining matchup.