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Nevada vs Fresno State Game preview: Keys to a Wolf Pack Victory

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What does Nevada have to do to get a victory against Fresno State?

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Nevada is in need of a few more wins if they are going to become bowl eligible and luckily for them they get to take on a Fresno State team that is, well to be nice, not having that great of a season. The Bulldogs have finally settled in on a quarterback in Kilton Anderson and they do have a solid running game with Marteze Waller.

1. Bend but don't break on defense

Fresno State's defense has given up a lot of points this season, including 71 to Ole Miss in week 2. The Wolf Pack should be able to put up points, but they need to keep Fresno State off the board. To do this, they will need to prevent big plays, as well as hold the Bulldogs to field goals instead of touchdowns.

2. Throw out the records

While Fresno State is only 2-6 on the season, the Wolf Pack still need to take them seriously. Nevada was caught looking at Wyoming's 0-6 record in Week 7, and they fell behind early due to a lack of preparation, which cost them the game. Nevada cannot afford to do that again, especially with bowl eligibility on the line.

3. Contain Kilton Anderson

I had to look around the see who Fresno State's current quarterback is, mainly because they've started four different players at the position. Kilton Anderson is the guy for them right now, and his legs are definitely his biggest weapon. Nevada will need to rush in lanes to keep Anderson in the pocket to prevent him from running for big chunks of yardage.

4. Be flexible defensively

Brian Polian and his staff will need to be able to adjust on the fly, as they could get some different looks thrown at them. What that really means is they might see the quinterback from Fresno State, and they will need to be ready for it.

5. Come out with energy

In their past two games, the Wolf Pack have fallen behind their opponents 38-7 to start games. While they were able to mount a comeback against Hawaii, the Pack never recovered from their early deficit versus Wyoming. Nevada can't afford to let the struggling Bulldogs have an early lead. They need to score early to