Nevada Wolf Pack (1-0) at UNLV Rebels (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Allegiant Stadium)
The Line: UNLV Rebels +14 -- Over/Under: 60 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Nevada Wolf Pack and the UNLV Rebels meet in a late night Mountain West college football matchup from Allegiant Stadium on Saturday night.
The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to build off of a 37-34 overtime win over UNLV last time out. Carson Strong threw for 420 yards and 4 touchdowns on 39 of 52 passing while Devonte Lee led the Wolf Pack with 65 rushing yards and Avery Morrow had a rushing touchdown. Cole Turner led the Wolf Pack with 119 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns while Romeo Doubs had a team-high 12 catches for 117 yards and a score. Melquan Stovall added 5 catches for 64 yards while Tory Horton added 40 receiving yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Emany Johnson led the Wolf Pack with 8 total tackles including a team-high 6 solo tackles while Tyson Williams, Sam Hammond and Lamin Touray each had 7 total tackles with Williams adding 6 solo tackles and Hammond chipping in 2.5 tackles for a loss. Lawson Hall and Kameron Toomer each had a sack as well and Berdale Robins recorded an interception.
The UNLV Rebels will try to bounce back after a 34-6 loss to San Diego State in their last game. Max Gilliam threw for 105 yards and a touchdown on 13 of 21 passing while Charles Williams led the Rebels with 80 rushing yards on 20 carries. Steve Jenkins had a team-high 5 receptions for 44 yards and UNLV’s lone touchdown reception while Kyle Williams chipped in 3 catches for 33 yards. Defensively, Tre Caine and Jacoby Windmon each had 9 total tackles and a tackle for a loss with Caine adding a team-high 7 solo tackles. Adam Plant Jr. also added a sack for UNLV in the losing effort.
Nevada is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. UNLV is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on grass and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games against a team with a winning road record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home underdog. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Sometimes there tend to be overreactions after a team’s opening game and while UNLV was pretty bad, I’m not sure how to lay double digits with Nevada on the road after just one game. Sure, the Wolf Pack looked really good, but Wyoming was undergoing a ton of turnover defensively, and the Wolf Pack still gave up 34 points in that game. This is still an in-state rivalry, with the last three meetings, four of the last five and six of the last eight being decided by seven points or less. You also have to think that with the Rebels being so close to Allegiant Stadium, that they’re pumped to play in this new building. I’ll take my chances with UNLV and the points in this one.