UNLV vs Utah State : The UNLV Rebels will travel to Romney Stadium to take on the Utah State Aggies this Saturday afternoon in College Football action. Now UNLV (2-3, 0-1 Mountain West) plays the conference’s hottest team in Utah State (4-1, 1-0) as nearly a four-touchdown underdog, with Max Gilliam starting in place of Armani Rogers (toe). Kickoff at Maverik Stadium
NCAA College Football 2018
UNLV vs Utah State Live
Date : Saturday, October 13
Start Time : 4:00 PM ET
UNLV vs Utah State
“This is an experience that we’ve had before,” UNLV coach Tony Sanchez said. “Can you replicate it? I don’t know, but we’re going to find out a whole about the group we have as men on Saturday.”
Like last season, the Rebels are in danger of having their season slip away. They were beaten 50-14 at home by New Mexico on Saturday, and the Rebels can’t let this one bad loss turn into a string of defeats.
“The main thing from that game is watch it and learn from it and put it behind us,” Gilliam said. “Once we learn from it, that’s about all we can do.”
UNLV didn’t pick up a first down against New Mexico until less than two minutes remained in the first half, though Gilliam showed some late-game promise with two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.
“I think Max is going to do perfectly fine,” UNLV wide receiver Brandon Presley said. “He has this last game under his belt, and we’ve seen in practice (he’s) super confident. I think as the game progressed, he got more comfortable back there, and that’s really going to show this week.”
Without a passing game to relieve stress on the running attack, UNLV rushed for just 43 yards last weekend, the first time the Rebels were held to less than 300 yards. Rogers, who was averaging 122 yards, was a key part of the running attack.
The lack of offensive production meant a defense that was on the field for 81 snaps. That wear was a factor, though not the only one, in allowing more than 500 yards for just the second time — Southern California totaled 501 in the Sept. 1 season opener.
And now UNLV must defend a Utah State offense that averages 50.2 points, second only to No. 1 Alabama’s 56.0. Aggies quarterback Jordan Love has completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 1,235 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.
They need a similar performance at Utah State and forget what happened against New Mexico, in which the Rebels were favored by more than a touchdown.
the Utah State backfield has been Darwin Thompson (9.0 att/g; 74.8 yds/g; 6 TD) and Gerold Bright (10.8 att/g; 69.8 yds/g; 4 TD). Defensively, Utah State is holding their opponents to an average of 23.0 ppg on 358.2 total yards per game (200.6 passing yds/g; 157.6 rushing yds/g).
The Rebels are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss however, are just 19-40-2 ATS in their last 61 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game. The Aggies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
UNLV is a team that has some talent, however, the loss of Armani Rodgers is huge as not having that 2nd threat of the backfield with Lexington Thomas really hurts the offensive game plan for the Rebels. Utah State has been one of the more impressive teams so far early in the season as after almost upsetting Michigan State on the road to start their season,