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Nevada vs. Air Force: Wolf Pack and Falcons square off to keep pace in Mountain West

Two teams tied for second in the Mountain West play to keep up with Boise State.

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The Air Force Falcons host the Nevada Wolf Pack on Friday in a battle of second-place teams looking to stay in contention for a conference title.

The Falcons (4-3) are coming off close wins against Wyoming and New Mexico for a 3-1 conference record. Air Force outlasted New Mexico, 28-23, despite giving up 409 rushing yards to the Lobos. The option game of the Falcons, as usual, ranks near the top of the country in rushing offense. The Falcons' 353 rushing yards per game currently ranks second nationally.

In addition to the run game, quarterback Connor Dietz is faring well with the pass, completing 61% of his passes with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

The defensive performance against New Mexico's run game is alarming for Air Force as it prepares to play Nevada. The Wolf Pack's pistol offense ranks sixth in the country in total yards, including 272 rushing yards per game. Stefphon Jefferson is averaging 156 rushing yards per game to lead the Wolf Pack, while quarterback Cody Fajardo adds 84 yards per game on the ground. Fajardo also has completed 70% of his passes while having thrown 12 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

Date/Time: Fri., Oct. 26, 6:00 p.m. MT

TV: CBS Sports Network

Odds: Nevada by 3 points.

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