There used to be a time not too long ago when playing Idaho meant an easy W. It was a time to get your 2nd and 3rd strings some work. That has changed in the last 2 years and Idaho is now actually a decent team.
This game will come down to one thing. Our secondary. Idaho is a pass heavy team and their quarterback is putting up big numbers through the air. Defensively we are rather sound…with the exception of, well the secondary. Dontay Moch has held together that defensive line making it hard to run. The linebacking core is getting ever stronger. Brandon Marshall might have had a little slump at the beginning of the season but every week now he is making HUGE plays. A lot of credit has to go to him and to MLB James-Michael Johnson. They have anchored what used to be a bad part of our defense.
If the secondary can somehow play the whole game like the played the 1st half of the game against Utah State, this one is in the bag. If they have trouble from the get-go its going to be a nail biter.
I don’t expect our offense to have any trouble putting up points, the only question is will they match us point for point. Nevada needs to get the ball to start the second half, they need to give Idaho the ball to start and the defense MUST force them to a 3-and-out to set the tempo early.
Idaho is no longer a guaranteed game.
Final Score Prediction:
Nevada 51 – Idaho 38