Portland State Vikings (0-0, 0-0 Big Sky) v. Nevada Wolf Pack (0-0, 0-0 MWC)
Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV. Capacity 29,993
Friday, August 31, 6:00pm kickoff
How to Watch:
Mountain West Network Live Stream
The last time the Vikings and Wolf Pack have played a game against each other was back in 1976 and the Wolf Pack won that game 35-22 in Reno. The series matchup between both of these teams is Nevada having a record of 6-2 against Portland State and never losing game at home. Last season, the Vikings went 0-11 after having only three wins in 2016 campaign. The one game that really stood out was only losing to Oregon State 35-32 at Corvallis.
Portland State’s defense is the defense line does return six out of nine players. The key players on the defense are sophomores Semise Kofe and Nah Yunker, juniors Kenton Bartlett and Anthony Del Oro, and seniors Larry Ross and Dallas House. The offense for Portland Sate will feature two quarterbacks and an overflow of running backs. Jalani Eason and Davis Alexander. Eason can run the football and rushed for over 200 yards with two touchdowns last season. The running back for Nevada to watch for is Jason Talley who rushed for over 350 yards and had six touchdowns.
The Nevada Wolf Pack look to start the season on winning note and need to get the offense rolling in the beginning of the game. Nevada has struggled against FBS teams like defeating Cal Poly, 30-27 in overtime and losing to Idaho State, 30-28. The air raid offense is going to be in effect and QB Ty Gangi will be starting tonight against the Vikings. His top targets going into this game will be WR Brendan O’Leary Orange, WR McLane Mannix, WR Daiyan Henley, and RB Kelton Moore. Watch Nevada use many running back in this game against the Vikings defense with O’Leary Orange and Mannix being a powerhouse in the Mountain West this season.
The biggest change on defense for Nevada is LB Malik Reed moving from the defense line to the line backing position. MLB Gabe Swell is expected to have a big season with Reed being by his side. The secondary for Nevada has way more experience than the Vikings in this game and their offense will be tested tonight.
Final Score: Wolf Pack 45, Vikings 7