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Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs Nevada Wolf Pack College Football Preview


The Southern Utah Thunderbirds make the short travel to Mackay Stadium to face off against the Nevada Wolf Pack. Nevada wants to get off to a better start then it did in 2013, when it lost to a ranked UCLA team 58-20. The Wolf Pack never really recovered from this loss on their way to a 4-8 season. But the Wolf Pack certainly has some hope for the future, as they had a well-balanced offense in 2013, they passed and rushed the ball effectively in their four wins. Southern Utah won their opener last year against South Alabama, another FCS team. This year they face a much stronger FBS team, but they will look for a win none-the-less.

Keys for the Southern Utah Thunderbirds:

  • Senior QB Aaron Cantu returns for his final year with the Thunderbirds. Cantu had over 2000 yards passing and 10 touchdowns. Cantu will have to step his game up if he expects to get any reads from the Nevada defense.
  • Tight End Anthony Morris had 4 received touchdowns in 13 games for the Thunderbirds, the most on the team. With many wide receivers departing, experienced players like Morris will have to find a way to get open.

Keys for the Nevada Wolf Pack:

  • Senior QB Cody Fajardo has had an impressive career with the Wolf Pack, accumulating more then 7000 yards, 39 touchdowns, and only 18 interceptions. If head coach Brian Polian finds a way to give Fajardo time in the pocket to find an open receiver, then the Wolf Pack may have a better season then last.
  • Another Wolf Pack leader returns in senior running back Kendall Brock. Brock had 10 touchdowns, the most rushing TD’s on the team. Brock also only had 199 touches and more then 900 yards, if he can get the ball more he might be able to open up defensive lanes to pass the ball.


Favorite/Odds: Nevada by 18 points

The Nevada Wolf Pack certainly need a confidence boost heading in to the 2014 season, and this game against Southern Utah should do the trick. If the Wolf Pack can keep a balanced offense and play better on defense they might be able to get to a bowl game this upcoming season.

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