The Nevada Wolf Pack head to College Station to face the Texas A&M Aggies in an early 9am kickoff at Kyle Field. The Wolf Pack are coming off a tough loss at home to No. 22 Arizona, and are currently 1-1 on the season.
The Opponent: No. 17 Texas A&M (2-0)
Despite a very rough week in the SEC last week, where Arkansas lost to Toledo, and Auburn needed overtime to take down FCS Jacksonville State, the Aggies had no trouble taking down Ball State. The Aggies dropped 56 points, and QB Kyle Allen threw for 3 touchdowns.The game was over quickly, as Texas A&M dominated the first half 49-3. If Nevada's issues with third downs and penalties continue from last week, this game could be over by halftime as well.
The Location: Renovated Kyle Field
This will likely be the largest crowd Nevada has ever played against, topping the previous record of 84,078 at Nebraska in 2007. For a team that looked dysfunctional and out-of-sync at home, a loud crowd could create major issues on the Wolf Pack sideline. This will also be only the second game since Kyle Field was reopened after major renovations, which will add in a whole new dynamic with the crowd.
The Impact Players
QB Kyle Allen, Sophomore - Allen was thrust into the starting lineup last season as a true freshman after ineffective play from incumbent QB Kenny Hill. Allen was impressive last year, turning the Aggies around to a 8-5 record. Allen has a very strong group of receivers, featuring redzone threat Josh Reynolds and matchup nightmare Ricky Seals-Jones. Nevada's young secondary will certainly have their hands full.
DE Myles Garrett, Sophomore - Garrett broke the SEC freshman sack record last year with 11.5 sacks. A&M has a new defensive coordinator that could take Garrett's game to the next level. There's a good chance you seen him near Tyler Stewart all game.
1 - The number of meetings between the two schools. Texas A&M beat Nevada 48-18 in 1950.
4 - The total wins Nevada has against a ranked opponent. The Wolf Pack have a 4-20 total record against teams that are ranked.
27 - Texas A&M's average margin of victory in their first two games.
9 - 9 am. The kickoff time in Reno. The game starts at 11 am CT. The early start time will be a major factor in pre-game activities for the Wolf Pack.
0 - The number of times Nevada has played an SEC opponent. However, Nevada has played two member of the SEC before they joined the conference in Missouri (2008, 2009) and Texas A&M (1950).
How to follow the game:
TV: SEC Network
Radio: Wolf Pack Radio Network (94.5 FM/630 AM)
Twitter: Nevada Football (@NevadaFootball)
This game is going to get ugly. It's really just a matter of how long Nevada can keep the game interesting, and if Nevada plays anything like they did last week, it will not be very long at all.
Texas A&M 63, Nevada 17