BYU (7-4) at Nevada (4-7)

Saturday, 1 p.m. MST

Mackay Stadium (30,000)


Radio: 1160 AM

Weather: Partly cloudy, with temperatures in the mid-50s.

The stakes

For Nevada… It's senior day for the Wolf Pack. They have a losing record and won't be playing in a bowl game, so this is their bowl game.

For BYU … The Cougars are looking to get back on track, and win their eighth game of the season, after suffering a tough 23-13 loss at Notre Dame last Saturday.

The trends

For Nevada … The Wolf Pack had lost five consecutive games before knocking off San Jose State two weeks ago.

For BYU … The Cougars have a 4-2-2 record all time against Nevada, but they have lost two straight games to the Wolf Pack, in 2002 and 2010.

The edge

Nevada will win if … The Wolf Pack, who are coming off a bye week, are able to force turnovers, get off to a fast start, and limit BYU's run game.

BYU will win if … The Cougars can figure out how to be more efficient in the red zone and score touchdowns instead of field goals.

Player to watch

Kyle Van Noy, BYU: The senior linebacker is looking to bounce back from a tough game at Notre Dame in his final regular-season contest as a Cougar.

Key matchup

BYU’S DEFENSE vs. NEVADA QUARTERBACK CODY FAJARDO: The Cougars will look to put pressure on, and contain, Fajardo, who can be effective both as a passer and a runner.

Injury report


BYU: Linebacker Spencer Hadley (knee) and tight end Devin Mahina (abductor) are questionable.

Next up

The Cougars' next game is in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27 in San Francisco against a Pac-12 opponent.