The Nevada Wolf Pack fly from the desert to the islands for a Saturday matchup against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. Nevada wants to continue to prove that they’re for real on Saturday at Aloha Stadium. They enter this date with a perfect record of 5-0. A win over Hawaii may not get them into the Top 25 as a ranked team, but it’s an important stepping stone towards the Mountain West Championship.
Nevada are among two teams that have a perfect record going into Saturday. San Jose State, against the odds, is undefeated as well with a record of 4-0. With regard to conference play, Boise State joins Nevada and San Jose State as an undefeated squad. Nevada and San Jose State will meet in the season finale, which could be a battle of teams with perfect records.
Nevada are fresh off a 26-21 win over San Diego State last week. That score doesn’t look impressive on paper, but nevertheless, it’s an impressive win over a solid team. Carson Strong chewed up a very capable San Diego State secondary for 288 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Strong is firmly putting himself on the radar of NFL teams.
Strong is the best quarterback that I’ve seen at Nevada since Colin Kaepernick. Totally different skill set, as Strong is a pocket passer compared to an option quarterback like Kaepernick was. However, Strong has shown that nobody should be ignoring him, and his big arm and size is going to work in his favor come draft day.
Hawaii will hope to slow Strong and the Wolf Pack down on Saturday at home. The Rainbow Warriors head into today with a record of 2-3. They didn’t go away last week versus Boise State, though the game was out of reach after the Broncos took a 19-3 lead going into the break. Hawaii was gift wrapped a late touchdown to backdoor the spread as a result of generous calls by the officiating crew on the final drive. Head below for our free Nevada vs. Hawaii pick for November 28, 2020.
Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Mountain West Football Betting Odds:
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Carson Strong has passed for 14 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 70.2% completions. He has all of the physical attributes of an NFL quarterback, and his numbers certainly back up what he’s capable of. At 6’4” and 215 pounds, Strong has the size to stand in the pocket and hold his own. Through five games, he’s led Nevada to 460.6 yards and 32.2 points per game. Wyoming didn’t have to put up giant numbers for NFL scouts to pay attention to Josh Allen in college.
They might not be giant numbers for Nevada, but still impressive nonetheless. Strong passed for 288 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception in his most recent start against a quality San Diego State defense. It could be bombs away for Strong and Nevada versus a beatable Hawaii defense. The Rainbow Warriors have conceded 31.4 points per game in 2020. Mind you, this defense has made a lot of strides in the right direction.
They will put up some resistance on Saturday at home. Hawaii was known for being a doormat defensively, but credit them for showing improvement. I just don’t believe they have the talent to bother a talent like Strong too much. If Strong can thread the needle against the San Diego State defense, then he should do more damage in Hawaii in this contest. Conversely, I’m not overly confident in Chevan Cordeiro keeping pace.
Cordeiro padded his resume against a Boise State defense last week that was playing off the ball in the second half. Boise State had a comfortable lead, and were just looking to avoid the big play. Cordeiro passed for 253 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. He also gained 90 yards rushing on the ground. It’s by far his best performance of the season, though Cordeiro is still wildly inconsistent.
The Wolf Pack own the most underrated defense in the conference. They are first in the Mountain West with 312.8 yards allowed per game. Nevada has conceded only 20.6 points per contest. In five games, the Wolf Pack have held teams to an average of 190.2 passing yards per game. Cordeiro will likely find this to be a pretty stiff challenge. Hawaii should keep this close in the first half, but anticipate Nevada pulling away for a 34-24 win on the road.