Nevada (8-3) vs. Ball State (8-3)
Site: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
Time: 9 tonight
Line: Nevada by 6 1/2
Outlook: Nevada, under first-year coach Jeff Tisdel, features a potent passing game and an offense that leads the country with 527.3 yards a game. QB John Dutton completed 66.5 percent of his passes and threw for 22 touchdowns. Ball State's defense was fourth in the country and allowed an average of only 17.5 points a game. Ball State lost its first three games, then won its last eight to win the Mid-American Conference. Ball State's Brad Maynard ranked sixth in the country in punting average this year, and was a first-team All-America pick.
Pub Date: 12/19/96