The Nevada Wolf Pack will honor the 21 seniors on the 2016 football team on Saturday as they face the Utah State Aggies. Both the Wolf Pack and the Aggies are eliminated from bowl consideration and are only playing to close out their respective season on a positive note, For the Wolf Pack, here are the three keys that Nevada needs to follow in order to get the win on Senior Day.
-The Wolf Pack defense has to play better
* In the last three games, the Wolf Pack have given up 17 touchdowns and have been gashed by three of the most talented offenses in the Mountain West in SDSU, Wyoming and New Mexico. The Aggies offense is not as talented (ninth in the conference in total offense) but the Wolf Pack must rise up and play better in order to win the game and stop this three game losing skid.
- Contain Aggies QB Kent Myers
* Utah State’s quarterback Kent Myers has struggled this season in part because of the struggles of the offensive line but he did have his best game of the season last week when he went 21 of 27 for 263 yards and threw for a touchdown in the loss to New Mexico. It is critical for the Wolf Pack to not let Myers build off of his good performance last week and must contain the talented quarterback in order for the Wolf Pack to get the win on Saturday.
- Run, Run, Run the football
* The Aggies defense has struggled this season defending the run as they have given up on average 198 yards per game this season. The Aggies problems in run defense screams a perfect opportunity for senior running back James Butler to have a big day. Butler did leave the San Diego State game with an head injury but is expected to play. Should Butler be limited or unavailable for the game, expect Jaxson Kincade to shoulder the load and try to exploit a porous Aggies run defense.