When both these teams are competitive, this is quietly one of the best rivalry games west of the Mississippi River. But UNLV just hasn’t been able to hold up their end as of late, which is part of the reason why Tony Sanchez got fired and Marcus Arroyo is now the head coach.
But can the Rebels make enough noise in a lost season to give their in-state rivals a scare?
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
UNLV: 121 overall, 106 offense, 119 defense
Nevada: 72 overall, 59 offense, 78 defense
QB Doug Brumfield - Questionable (knee)
RB Jayvaun Wilson - Questionable (undisclosed)
WR Kyle Williams - Questionable (hamstring)
WR Tyleek Collins - Questionable (undisclosed)
No injuries reported
Against The Spread
UNLV: 5-2 ATS
Nevada: 5-2 ATS
UNLV: Over 3-4
Nevada: Over 5-2
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
UNLV: 92 overall, 95 offense, 84 defense
Nevada: 105 overall, 99 offense, 117 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Nevada -20
Moneyline: Nevada -1375, UNLV +800
Opening line: Nevada -20
Opening total: 59.5
59 degrees, partly cloudy, 6 MPH wind, 3% chance of rain
Without Doug Brumfield, UNLV hasn’t shown any ability to move the ball consistently. Also they can’t stop a nosebleed. But this is the rivalry game where the fits and starts for the Rebels this season can start to put something closer to a 60 minute game together under Marcus Arroyo. They’re not going to win, but they can hang around enough to keep the Fremont Cannon in question in the second half. Rebels to cover, Wolfpack to win.
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