1. UNLV WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
It’s the slot machine that’s not paying off.
Head coach Tony Sanchez has been able to bring in some decent players, and he has a good offensive scheme, but the wins aren’t there.
The defense has too much experience and too many options to be so awful again – the Rebels have allowed 400 points or more in eight of the last nine seasons – and it should be a bit more effective.
But the offense will have to do more to keep up.
The Rebels lost three games by a touchdown or less in the last nine dates, but it also won two of its four games in close calls. That’s been UNLV football – it’s been so close to being good, but extremely close to total disaster, too.
As long as QB Armani Rogers and the key parts in the starting 22 can stay in one piece, and if the JUCO transfers can come in and shine early on, this really, truly, surely should be the year when the program takes a big step forward under Sanchez.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 5
There can’t be any misfires in the 50/50 games – UNLV lost at Arkansas State, got blown away by New Mexico, and got whacked around by San Jose State. It has to beat Arkansas State in Vegas this time around, and it’s going to need an upset or three to get to six wins.
At Northwestern, at Wyoming, Boise State, at Vanderbilt, at Fresno State, San Diego State, at Colorado State.
The team might be better, but with that stretch of games, and with a trip to Nevada in the rivalry date, it’s going to be way too tough to get to six wins.