Take a two TD favorite over Hawaii

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Hawaii’s last visit to Mackay Stadium didn’t go very well for the Wolf Pack, but that didn’t deter punters from making Nevada a solid favorite for Saturday’s squad meeting.

The Pack are a solid two-touchdown favorite for their key Mountain West clash against the Warriors, including a 13.5-point line at Tipico Sportsbook. This also puts Nevada in the minus-7.00 range on the silver line.

Nevada (4-1 overall) and Hawaii (3-3) will kick off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Mackay Stadium. On his last trip to Reno, in 2019, the Warriors handed the Wolf Pack a 54-3 loss, the worst Nevada has ever recorded at modern Mackay Stadium.

The teams have a common opponent so far this season, with both beating New Mexico State. The Warriors won on the road September 25, 41-21; the Pack won at home on Saturday 55-28.

The pack gets poll points

A big win in their last non-conference game, along with another big win by a defeated opponent, still wasn’t enough to get Nevada into one of the top college football polls this week.

The Wolf Pack improved to 4-1 over the season with a 55-28 beating when visiting New Mexico State on Saturday night. Earlier today, 10th-undefeated BYU lost at home to Boise State, a Nevada team beaten by 10 points on October 2.

When the votes were counted on Monday, however, Nevada was still a long way from making the top 25 in the AP Top 25 or USA Today / AFCA coaching polls.

The Pack totaled seven points in the USA Today poll, well behind No.25 Clemson (155 points). Nevada received no votes in the AP poll.

Four Mountain West teams received at least one vote in the coaches poll. San Diego State (5-0) came in at No.24, while Air Force (nine points), Nevada and Fresno State (three points) all finished below the top 25. The Wolf Pack will face off against all three of those ranked MW. teams this season, starting with a game on Oct. 23 at Fresno State.

Strong wins Unitas Award

Nevada quarterback Carson Strong remains in contention for one of college football’s most prestigious awards.

Strong, a junior, was recently named to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award’s “Top 25 List” in 2021. The award, named in honor of the former Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame quarterback , was awarded to the nation’s best upper-class quarterback since 1987.

Strong is the only Mountain West quarterback to reach the bottom 25 on the Price Watchlist.

In five games, Strong threw for 1,595 yards and 14 touchdowns, completing nearly 70% of his passes.

He was named Mountain West’s Offensive Player of the Year last season.

Former Unitas Award winners are Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Carson Palmer (USC), Marcus Mariota (Oregon) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson). Last year’s winner was Mac Jones from Alabama.

The winner of the 2021 Golden Arm Award will be named on December 10 in Baltimore.

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