UNLV Rebels vs. Arizona Wildcats Free Pick - 9/7/13
Arizona Wildcats (1-0) at UNLV Rebels (0-1)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm (Sam Boyd Stadium)
The Line: UNLV Rebels 9.5 -- Over/Under: 61 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network HD
The UNLV Rebels take the field against the Arizona Wildcats in a Saturday night tilt.
In a game that appeared to be a mismatch before the opening kickoff, Arizona made short work of Northern Arizona in a 35-0 decision. The Wildcats were never challenged by their instate foes with 393 yards of offense with the big play setting the tone and explaining that time of possession can be a meaningless stat, with Zona owning the ball for less then 20 minutes. The Wildcats ran for 306 yards and averaged nine yards per pop, with Daniel Jenkins leading the way with 139 yards, including a 90 yard scoring gallop. Javelle Allen added a 60 yard TD run and BJ Denker ran for a 36 yard score, while also throwing 87 yards and six more. The defense got in to the act with a 23 yard pick six and held the Lumberjacks to 270 yards.
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UNLV traveled to Minnesota in week one and appeared to be up to the challenge over the first half. However, the second half was all Golden Gophers in a 51-23 loss. The Rebels trailed 16-13 heading in to the break, but Minnesota opened the second half with a 98 yard kick return and followed with a blocked field goal for another score and it was game over. Add an 87 yard pick six and the Rebels were a victim of self destruction more then anything. UNLV won the battle for real estate 419-320, with Shaquille Murray-Lawrence running for 108 yards, while Nick Sherry threw for 226 yards so the offense did move the ball. The problem was every mistake wound up in their end zone and that can't be overcome.
UNLV definitely plays better at home so I would hope they cut back on mistakes against a better defense in Arizona. The line has been up and down here, but I was looking at the under and t I have to say the Pack 50 or whatever they are is not a conference I follow with much interest.