- Nevada visits New Mexico State in this Week 0 battle on Saturday, August 27th
- The Wolf Pack enter the game as 8.5-point favorites over the Aggies
- Read below for Nevada vs New Mexico State odds, spread, and predictions
The Nevada Wolf Pack and New Mexico State Aggies do battle in this week 0 matchup on Saturday, August 27th, 2022.
This contest will be broadcast on ESPN 2 at 10pm Eastern time from Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Caceres, New Mexico.
The Wolf Pack enter the game as 8.5-point favorites and will look to start their season off with a win.
Nevada vs New Mexico State Odds
|Nevada||-8.5||-300||Over 48.5 (-110)|
|New Mexico State||+8.5||+240||Under 48.5 (-110)|
Odds as of August 26 at BetMGM.
Nevada Looking to Start 2022 on a High Note
The Wolf Pack have little chance of duplicating last year’s sixth-ranked passing offense. Last season, quarterback Carson Strong and receiver Romeo Doubs formed one of the best pairings in College Football. Strong bombed away to the tune of 4,175 yards and 36 touchdowns. While Doubs hauled in 88 of those passes and 11 touchdowns on his own. Unfortunately for Nevada, they both now play in the NFL.
CARSON STRONG TO ROMEO DOUBS. 54 YARDS! Wolf Pack take the lead here in the 4th quarter. pic.twitter.com/I0TEE4TKUc
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) November 14, 2021
Additionally, many of their fellow Wolf Pack followed former coach Jay Norvell to Colorado State. Rookie head coach Ken Wilson’s new offense will return just two starters.
On top of this, the Wolf Pack defense finished third from last in total yardage surrendered last season. The only saving grace for this unit was their ability to generate timely turnovers and rush the passer. With only four starters returning, they will find it tough to replicate these stats in 2022.
Nevertheless, all is not lost in Reno this season. Ken Wilson’s offense can still run the ball with veteran backs Toa Taua and Devonte Lee each electing to come back for their senior seasons. In that same vein, Nate Cox, the backup quarterback from a year ago will hope to win the job outright in 2022. Some continuity at quarterback would surely help this team to better their preseason win total. Currently, oddsmakers don’t see this team winning more than 5 games, and it’s not hard to see why.
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New Mexico State Desperate for Direction
Seasoned college football coach Jerry Kill takes the reins for New Mexico State this season. Kill has been successful at every stop in his long and storied career. Having said that, New Mexico State may be his most difficult ride yet.
The Aggies finished 2-10 in 2021, leaving the team with only one direction to go. Thankfully, Kill specializes in football basics. His team will want to run the ball, control the clock, and grind out victories. Enter running back transfers O’Maury Samuels and Ahmonte Watkins, from Michigan and TCU respectively. Watkins is a former 4-star recruit and ranked as the number 18 running back in the nation during the 2021 recruiting cycle. These Power 5 backs will help Kill install his offensive scheme.
Not to mention, the Aggies have four quarterbacks battling it out for the starting job. Returnees Dino Maldonaldo and Westen Egrets will have the leg up in the competition and should see the most snaps from the pivot this season. So much uncertainty from the quarterback position could mean an awful lot of running the football this season.
On the flip side, this defensive unit was atrocious last season, allowing 489 yards and 40 points per game. Again, this team will struggle to hit their current win total of three.
Nevada vs New Mexico State Prediction
Ultimately, the Nevada offensive line projects to be one of the worst units in the Mountain West conference this season. Talented guard Aaron Frost injured himself in practice and could miss time to start the year. Should that be the case, the Aggies will have a major advantage in the trenches in this contest.
With both teams going through a period of upheaval, it’s doubtful either offense will be able to hit the ground running in this one. Veteran quarterbacks Dino Maldonado and Nate Cox may both miss this game. Moreover, both squads are strong on the defensive line.
Sprinkle some money on the under and let your bankroll live to fight another day.
Pick: Under 48.5 (-110)
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