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Nevada Wolf Pack vs. San Diego State Aztecs Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


San Diego State and its vaunted defense joined the national rankings this week but all it cares about is a Mountain West Conference title as it hosts Nevada on Saturday. The No. 24 Aztecs, who have a commanding lead in the MWC West Division, won at UNLV 20-17 their last time out for their fourth straight victory but were left out of the initial College Football Playoff rankings that were released Tuesday.

While the MWC title is the focus, finishing as the top-ranked Group of Five conference team and the New Year's Day bowl game that comes with that distinction would be nice. "If you don't take care of business today and tomorrow and the following days and weeks, then it's all for nothing,'' San Diego State senior defensive lineman Myles Cheatum told reporters. "That would just be an empty conversation to even think about it." The Aztecs are eighth nationally in points allowed at 14.1 per game and third in rushing defense at 69.9 yards. The Wolf Pack snapped a two-game slide with a 21-10 victory over New Mexico last week behind freshman quarterback Carson Strong's two touchdown passes.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: San Diego State -17.5

ABOUT NEVADA (5-4, 2-3 MWC): Strong threw for a season-high 305 yards last week and is completing 62.6 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and six interceptions. Sophomore wide receiver Romeo Doubs (35 catches, team-most 574 yards) recorded career highs of 11 receptions and 167 yards last week while scoring his second TD. Sophomore defensive end Dom Peterson is tied for second in the MWC with a club-high six sacks while sophomore defensive back Tyson Williams paces the team with 54 tackles and five passes broken up.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE (7-1, 4-1): Senior cornerback Luq Barcoo - a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation's top defensive back - leads the MWC and is tied for second nationally with five interceptions. Senior quarterback Ryan Agnew (10 touchdowns, three INTs) is 13-2 as a starter after overcoming a pick - the team's first turnover since Sept. 21 - and a pair of sacks last week. Sophomore Kobe Smith paces the receiving corps with 41 catches, 514 yards and four TDs while senior running back Juwan Washington (432 yards, two TDs) is the top ground threat.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Wolf Pack snapped a three-game series slide with a 28-24 victory in 2018.

2. The Aztecs have committed one turnover or fewer in each game this season.

3. Group of Five teams that appear in the CFP rankings are No. 20 Cincinnati, No. 21 Memphis, No. 24 Navy and No. 25 SMU of the American Athletic Conference, and No. 22 Boise State, which leads the MWC Mountain Division.

Prediction

Free Daily Lock Pick: NCAAF: Toledo vs. Buffalo - November 20th - (100% Confidence Release)

Key Players to Watch

Stadium

Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, California, USA.
Capacity: 71,500

Last Injuries

San Diego State Aztecs

  • Elijah Kothe

    Hand
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Kothe is recuperating from a broken left hand, and it is unknown if he will rejoin the lineup Saturday versus Hawaii.

Nevada Wolf Pack

  • Jeshua Fixel

    Personal
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Fixel missed the last contest due to an off-field incident, and it is unclear if he will return to play against Fresno State on Saturday.

  • Kaleb Fossum

    Shoulder
    out for season | out

    Fossum is expected to sit out the remainder of the season due to a right shoulder injury.

san-diego-state-aztecs-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Ryan Agnew 4 0 122.270 0 123 75 2 0 0 4 788
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Jordan Byrd 4 0 217 0 47 2
Chance Bell 4 0 198 0 41 1
Juwan Washington 2 0 96 0 42 0
Chase Jasmin 3 0 65 0 17 1
Ryan Agnew 4 0 18 0 28 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Kobe Smith 4 0 267 0 18 0 2
Jesse Matthews 4 0 125 0 12 0 0
Elijah Kothe 4 0 95 0 10 0 0
Isaiah Richardson 1 0 65 0 3 0 1
Juwan Washington 2 0 48 0 7 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Kyahva Tezino 4 0 18 12 1 0 1 17 0 1 6 3
Dwayne Johnson Jr. 4 0 16 15 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
Tariq Thompson 4 0 15 4 0 2 1 0 4 0 0 1
Luq Barcoo 4 0 14 4 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 3
Kyree Woods 4 0 13 6 1 0 0 0 2 1 11 2
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Matt Araiza 4 0 7 8 43 8 8
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Jordan Byrd 4 0 3 0 22 50
Chase Jasmin 3 0 1 0 20 20
Ethan Dedeaux 3 0 1 0 14 14
Kaegun Williams 1 0 1 0 18 18
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Ryan Agnew 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Heicklen 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Chase Jasmin 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tariq Thompson 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Brandon Heicklen 4 0 0 992 0 58 23 0 0
Chance Bell 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Chase Jasmin 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Daniel Bellinger 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Isaiah Richardson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Jordan Byrd 4 0 6 0 17 46
Tariq Thompson 4 0 2 0 3 3
Jesse Matthews 4 0 1 0 13 13