Game time: 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time, 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
TV: CBS Sports Network
Odds: Nevada is favored by 3 points.
Keys to the game:
SDSU: Contain Cody Fajardo's legs
Yes, Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo has a deadly arm, tossing 1,814 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. But his lethality through the air is due largely in part to his ability to extend plays and break out of the pocket for big gains. He's the leading rusher for the Wolf Pack with 585 yards and a stellar 10 touchdowns. If the returning Jake Fely, emerging lineman Alex Barrett and the rest of the SDSU defense can make neutralize Fajardo's effectiveness and make him a pocket quarterback, the Aztecs have a good chance to take home the win.
Nevada: Key in on the run
It's no secret: SDSU wins if running backs Donnel Pumphrey and Chase Price have good games. Big-time target Ezell Ruffin will play for the first time since the North Carolina game, so quarterback Quinn Kaehler will have his favorite offensive partner back. But as head coach Rocky Long and players said at Tuesday's press conference, SDSU is still a run-first offense even with Ruffin back. The Wolf Pack enter tonight's matchup as the 58th-ranked rushing defense, allowing about 154 rushing yards per game. If the Nevada defense can hold SDSU's backs, who gain about 228 yards per game, to that 150-yard mark, it'll force Ruffin to try to produce big-time in his first game back from injury. And he may not be ready to do that yet.