NE­VADA over Ore­gon St by 1

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Good for Beavers fans to know they weren’t to­tally beaten into sub­mis­sion by Ohio State in the sea­son opener, as Ore­gon State had enough left in the tank to pol­ish off a de­cent South­ern Utah squad (9-3 LY), win­ning 48-25 in new head coach Jonathan Smith’s Cor­val­lis de­but last week. But it’s back to the road for the Beavers this evening when they head south­east to Reno. Skewed by the num­bers from the Ohio State blowout, Smith’s squad has al­lowed 51 PPG and 655 YPG this sea­son. The pro­gram he in­her­its, though, has cashed three straight tick­ets as a dog of more than 3 points ver­sus MWC op­po­nents. Mean­while, the Wolf Pack were em­bar­rassed at Van­der­bilt in a 31-point loss last week and looked noth­ing like the team that lit up Port­land State for 72 points in Game One. In fact, there was plenty of con­fu­sion on be­half of Ne­vada’s play­ers and coaches, es­pe­cially in the late stages of a sec­ond half shutout by Vandy. The Pack does get some good news in the form of their 8-1 ATS suc­cess fol­low­ing a dou­ble-digit ATS loss. How­ever, that’s off­set by a pid­dling 4-17 SU mark in games ver­sus the Pac-12. Ul­ti­mately, the con­fi­dence-build­ing win for Ore­gon State last week – only its sec­ond in the last 14 games – should give them enough juice to hang with a downin-the-mouth Ne­vada bunch.

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