The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to get back on track when they take on the Colorado State Rams on Friday in a Mountain West Conference showdown. Nevada has lost three games in a row. The Wolf Pack (2-3, 0-1) opened conference play on Sept. 23, suffering a 48-20 loss to Air Force, before having a bye last week. The Rams (0-4) will be opening their 2022 conference slate and will be out to snap a 10-game losing streak overall, and a two-game streak against Nevada. Colorado State leads the all-time series 12-5, but dropped a 52-10 decision to Nevada last season in Fort Collins, Colo. Quarterback Clay Millen has been downgraded to doubtful for Colorado State. Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi will likely make the start in his place for the Rams. Colorado State head coach Jay Norvell will be making his first trip back to Reno since leaving the Wolf Pack for the Rams last offseason.
Kickoff from Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nev., is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. The Wolfpack are favored by 3.5 points in the latest Colorado State vs. Nevada odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 44. Before making any Nevada vs. Colorado State picks, be sure to check out the college football predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Colorado State vs. Nevada spread: Nevada -3.5
- Colorado State vs. Nevada over/under: 44.5 points
- Colorado State vs. Nevada money line: Colorado State +143, Nevada -170
- CSU: The under is 4-0 in the Rams' last four games overall
- NEV: The Wolf Pack are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven October games
- Colorado State vs. Nevada picks: See picks here
Why Nevada can cover
The Wolf Pack have played well after their bye week of late, winning their past three games following an off week. Last year following their bye, they posted a 41-31 victory at Boise State. Fifth-year running back Toa Taua made the most of his seven carries against Air Force, rushing for 73 yards. That included touchdown runs of 40 and six yards. On the year, Taua now leads Nevada in rushing yards (350), rushing touchdowns (5) and total touchdowns (6). His 27-career rushing touchdowns have also landed him on Nevada's all-time top 10 list, sharing the No. 10 spot with James Butler (2014-16).
Junior wide receiver Jamaal Bell is off to a solid start to the season as well. He leads the Wolf Pack with 20 receptions for 181 yards (9.1 average), including a long of 58 yards. Bell has at least three catches in all five games, including three receptions for 65 yards (21.7 average) against Air Force. He has already surpassed his career receptions total of 17 that he had coming into the season.
Why Colorado State can cover
Former Wolfpack wide receiver Tory Horton will face his old teammates for the first time. In last year's meeting, Horton caught four passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns as Nevada built a 31-point halftime lead en route to a 52-10 win over the Rams. Horton is off to a good start in his new home, with a team-high 23 receptions for 427 yards (18.6 average) and five touchdowns. He is one of just two Colorado State receivers with touchdowns this season.
Defensively, the Rams are led by sophomore defensive back Jack Howell. Howell has 45 tackles, including 17 solo, with one pass breakup and three interceptions, including a long of 19 yards. He has also forced one fumble. In the loss to Sacramento State, he had 12 tackles, including three solo. He had 17 tackles, including six solo, against MTSU.
How to make Colorado State vs. Nevada picks
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