College football betting expectations are high for the Nevada Wolfpack while the Colorado State Rams look to be a rebuilding college football gambling commodity.
Kickoff for this matchup is at 10:35 PM Eastern on Saturday and Nevada opened at Sports-Gambling as a 21.5-point favorite.
The Nevada Wolfpack are considered to be the top contender to challenge Boise State for the Western Athletic Conference championship. This will be Nevada’s final season in the WAC as they will join Colorado State in the Mountain West Conference for the 2011 season.
Chris Ault begins his 26th year overall as Nevada head coach after coming out of retirement for a second tour of duty in 2004. The Wolfpack has bowled 5 straight seasons and is coming off an 8-5 season last year.
The offense returns 9 starters to a unit that scored 38 points per game last year and is led by senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was one of 3 rushers that cleared 1000 yards last year. Kaepernick can also throw as he passed for 2052 yards and 20 TD’s in 2009.
Also returning is senior running back Vai Taua, who ran for a team best 1359 yards and 10 TD’s last year. Defense continues to be the concern and the Achilles heal of the team. Last week Nevada beat Eastern Washington 49-24 as the defense allowed 432 yards. “I thought our effort and tackling were sub-par,” said Ault.
“You’re doggone right I’m upset.” Nevada has been a phenomenal home favorite with a mark of 21-8 with the NCAA football betting lines in that role but has covered just 2 out of their last 9 non conference games.
Colorado State lost last week to Colorado 24-3 as an 11.5-point dog with the NCAA football betting odds. The Rams have gotten the money in just 1 out of their last 8 games as an away dog.
The home team has 4 consecutive college football betting payouts in this head to head series with Colorado State getting the money last year in a 35-20 win over Nevada as a 5-point home chalk. The last two meetings between the teams in this series have gone over the total.