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Matchups to Watch: Week 8

Discussion in 'The Trifecta' started by bravejaf, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

    Jul 13, 2009
    Matchups to Watch: Week 8

    #9 Penn State (Hokie) at #12 Fresno State (BDS)

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    The nation's best rushing team (Penn State) takes on the nation's best rushing defense (Fresno). Fresno has beaten some decent competition so far, including opening with a win against Oregon, but this will probably be Bulldog's toughest test. Evan Royster and Kevin Newsome have been a deadly combination so far for Penn State, both currently average over 6 yards per carry. The key for Fresno to win this game will be keeping the ball out of Newsome's hands. They can do that by handing it off to sophomore Robbie Rouse who can also boast a yards per carry above 5. If Penn State can stop Rouse then Fresno will turn to backup QB Derek Carr, since starter Ryan Colburn is injured. On the defensive side Fresno will need big games from its linebacker core, led by Nico Herron. Unfortunately that core is missing one of its key components, linebacker Ben Jacobs is out for the season after breaking his collarbone.

    Prediction: Fresno was at a disadvantage before this game and the injuries make this an ever tougher test. I don't think Fresno has the horses to stop Penn States rushing attack and the injury to Colburn will have a major impact on the Bulldog's offensive firepower.

    Penn State 35
    Fresno State 14

    Nevada (Perry) at UNLV (Jman) – Battle for Nevada

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    Nevada has played above expectations so far this season, including a close loss to Texas. On the other side of the ball UNLV has struggled so far but they have faced some difficult foes, all three losses have come against ranked opponents. If UNLV wants to compete in Mountain West this season it needs to start winning now, a third conference loss would likely put them out of contention. Omar Clayton will need to improve if the Rebels want to win this game. He has thrown 5 TD passes so far this season, but he also has tossed 5 interceptions. The other quarterback in this game is Nevada's Colin Kaepernick and he has been better at avoiding interceptions, just 1 so far on the season. Nevada and UNLV both have linebackers leading on the defensive side of the ball. Nevada's Brandon Marshall leads the Mountain West in solo tackles and UNLV's Ronnie Paulo is just a couple behind in that category.

    Prediction: I think this will be a close game but I see Nevada taking home the Fremont Canon. Kaepernick is the best player in the game and he should have a big game against the UNLV secondary. Clayton will need to avoid turnovers to prevent this game from getting ugly.

    Nevada 30
    UNLV 17


    BDSDIGITAL One Time for your Mind

    Jun 5, 2009
    great job.

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