Kiel Maddox-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Ty Gangi
Nevada 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the Mountain West: +4400
- To win the West Division: +900
- Win Total: 5.5 (over -135, under +105)
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Nevada 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 6.2
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Nevada Over 5.5 Wins (-135)
Proclaiming my love for Nevada in an earlier Group of 5 Futures piece, the Wolfpack Over 5.5 wins (-135) is in my betting ticket queue. Three losses by three points or fewer gives Nevada a few karma points for 2018. The Wolfpack rank 14th overall in returning production and should positively regress in the luck department.
The improved play of quarterback Ty Gangi in the second half of the season gives the Pack high expectations entering camp. Head coach Jay Norvell has nicknamed the offense ‘Fast’ Pack, and there should be an increase in the adjusted pace ranking of 78th.
The 3-3-5 defense must improve in efficiency, where the Wolfpack ranked 122nd overall in the nation last season. Four JUCO transfers join the defensive line, while a former defense end falls back to middle linebacker. The shuffling will continue for defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel throughout the year, so with how fast this offense could be, early games should go over.
Nevada is projected to be favored in six games, with coin flips against Vanderbilt and Air Force. Drawing West Division powerhouses Fresno State and San Diego State makes the schedule difficult, but both join Boise State in visiting Reno this season. Nevada’s offense is good enough to pull off an outright upset, making over 5.5 wins (-135) my play.
What else you need to know about Nevada
The Nevada under is 17-3 when it is favored since 2014. Keep this in mind when the point spread should be under a field goal in games against Oregon State and Air Force.