Ohio Bobcats vs Nevada Wolf Pack Picks, Odds, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Prediction 1/3/2020
Game: Ohio Bobcats vs Nevada Wolf Pack
Date: Friday, January 3, 2020
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Location: Albertsons Stadium in Boise, ID
Odds/Point Spread: Nevada +6
Carson Strong and the Nevada Wolf Pack host the Ohio Bobcats at Albertsons Stadium on Friday, January 3, 2020 in the Idaho Potato Bowl. Nevada opens this contest as 6-point dogs. The Bobcats are 4-8-0 ATS and 7-5-0 when betting on the total. The Wolf Pack are 6-6-0 when wagering on the over/under and 5-6-1 against the spread.
In their last outing, the Ohio Bobcats faced the Akron Zips and won by a score of 52-3. De'Montre Tuggle paced the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 38 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He rushed for a total of 78 yards via 9 carries which had him averaging 8.7 yards per carry. Tyler Walton was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 82 yards on 5 receptions. He notched an average of 16.4 yards per catch for the game. Leading the way at QB for the Bobcats was Nathan Rourke who went 20/28 with 308 yards through the air and completed 4 touchdowns. He finished the game without throwing an interception. The Bobcats ran the football 46 times and earned a total of 251 yards which had them averaging 5.5 yards per run. For the game, the Bobcats racked up 25 first downs and they had a total of 6 penalties for 51 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. On the day, they ran 77 plays which gave them a total of 603 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Ohio gave up 4 completions on 27 attempts totaling 33 yards, and a completion percentage of 14.8%. In the running game, the Bobcats gave up 41 yards on 25 tries which is an average of 1.6 yards per carry allowed. For the game, they gave up 74 yards and forced 2 takeaways.
The Bobcats head into this game 6-6 in 2019. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation averaging 34.7 points per game, ranking them 20th in the country. As a team, they have an average of 216.5 yards on the ground per contest which is 4th in the conference. For total yards, they currently sit at 4th in the conference and 38th in the country with 5,320 yards. The Bobcats have one of the middle tier defenses in Division 1, giving up 27 points per contest ranking them 4th in the MAC. In regard to rushing yards, Ohio is giving up 177.9 yards per game putting them 4th in the MAC and 82nd in the country. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.8 yards per carry putting them 7th in the MAC and 98th in D-1 overall. Overall, they have allowed 2,135 rushing yards through 12 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Bobcats have conceded 2,722 yards. Teams are completing 59.2% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.3 yards per attempt.
The last time they took the field, the Nevada Wolf Pack played the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and took the defeat by a score of 33-30. Devonte Lee paced the team on the ground for the game. His longest run of the day went for 14 yards and he ran for 2 TD's for the game. He ran for a total of 44 yards on 11 carries which gave him an average of 4.0 yards per carry. Elijah Cooks was the receiving yardage leader by earning 151 yards on 12 catches. He earned an average of 12.6 yards per catch for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Wolf Pack was Carson Strong who went 33/54 with 351 yards through the air and threw 1 touchdown. He ended the game with no interceptions. The Wolf Pack ran the football 37 times and earned a total of 108 yards which had them averaging 2.9 yards per carry. Overall, they finished with a total of 91 plays which added up to 459 yards. For the game, the Wolf Pack got 28 1st downs and they totaled 7 penalties for 50 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. On the defensive side of the ball, Nevada conceded 16 catches on 22 attempts totaling 229 yards, and a completion percentage of 72.7%. For the game, they gave up 412 yards but didn't add to their total of forced turnovers. Against the run, the Wolf Pack conceded 183 yards on 34 runs which gave them an average of 5.4 yards per carry allowed.
The Wolf Pack head into this game 7-5. Nevada is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 123.5 rushing yards per contest, putting them 118th in D-1. As a unit, they have a total of 1,482 yards rushing through 12 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Wolf Pack average 360 yards per contest overall ranking them 104th in Division 1 and 10th in the conference. The Wolf Pack are giving up 32.1 points per game which puts them at 10th in the Mountain West and 102nd in D-1. In terms of points given up, they have allowed 385 total points. When talking about yards on the ground, they are allowing 139 yards per contest which puts them at 45th in the country and 5th in the Mountain West. For this year, they have allowed a total of 1,668 yards on the ground and 15.6 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense is one of the mediocre units in the country. They are conceding 259.8 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Wolf Pack currently sit at 10th in the MWC.
Who will win tonight's Bobcats/Wolf Pack NCAA football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Wolf Pack +6
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