UNLV vs. Utah State - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNLV vs. Utah State - 10/21/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Utah State Aggies (3-4) at UNLV Rebels (2-4)

College Football: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Sam Boyd Stadium)

The Line: UNLV Rebels -2 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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College football comes to Sam Boyd Stadium when the UNLV Rebels welcome the Utah State Aggies to town.

The Utah State Aggies are on the road in week eight to face the UNLV Rebels in a MWC bout. Utah State needs a win after consecutive defeats following a 28-23 loss to the visiting Wyoming Cowboys Saturday as a one point favorite at home. The Aggies led 16-9 at the half before the team struggled on both sides of the football over the final 30 minutes. USU led 363-293 in yardage but were hurt badly with five turnovers.

Utah State had a few nice gainers on the ground but finished with only a 3.5 yard average with LaJuan Hunt  being the most productive with 73 yards on 18 carries. The Aggies had too many issues throwing the ball with Jordan Love going 8-18 for 109 yards and three interceptions including a pick six before Kent Myers came in to go 11-20 for 94 yards  but the passing game struggled to stretch the field.

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The UNLV Rebels are hoping for a boost from the home crowd when the Utah State Aggies visit on Saturday night. UNLV is looking to erase the memory of a 34-30 defeat at the Air Force Falcons where a huge first half lead vanished. The Rebels were up 27-7 at the half before falling apart over the final  30 minutes where Air Force went on a 27-3 run. The Falcons led 473-411 in yardage but UNLV won the turnover battle 4-2 in a game that was difficult to watch.

Rebels quarterback Armani Rogers struggled to hook up with his receivers as he completed 12-27 for 145 yards and an interception with Lexington Thomas catching a 47 yard pass. Rogers led a solid UNLV rushing attack with 148 yards on 16 carries with Thomas adding 91 yard on 17 totes with both finding the end zone.

Utah State are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in October and over is 5-0 in Utah State last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and over is 6-1 in Utah State last 7 road games. Under is 4-0 in UNLV last 4 games following a straight up loss and under is 4-0 in UNLV last 4 conference games and under is 4-0 in UNLV last 4 vs. a team with a losing record. Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. 

I could make an argument for either side but I actually think UNLV is slightly better even though both squads are struggling…

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Mark’s Pick UNLV -2

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