Week 4 Preview: Idaho Vandals

UNLV fans were in midseason of college hoops season form during the rebels loss against Central Michigan last weekend. You would of thought that Tony Sanchez was Dave Rice after blowing a double digit lead against a bottom of the barrel conference opponent.

UNLV lost last week, 44-21 to a good Central Michigan team. Fans weren’t happy about it. Johnny Stanton also got the “Jerome Seagears” treatment from a lot of fans.

I don’t know what fans expected. UNLV was double digit underdogs, against a team that matched up well against the Rebels. Central Michigan went on the road and beat a top 25 team the week before. My theory on why UNLV fans are upset:

Central Michigan is in the MAC conference. The MAC sucks. Therefore, we should be able to beat them.

The truth: the Mac is a pretty solid conference, and CMU is a good football team. UNLV fans would patting themselves on the back if they lost to Oklahoma State 44-21. That’s a good team from the Big 12! (Thats also the same team that just lost to the Chippewas.)

Enough about that, and how much I hate the majority of my fellow UNLV fans.

UNLV has a good bounce-back game this week against the Idaho Vandals. Here are my thoughts:

  • UNLV ran the football well last week, and I think they look to do the same this week. Look for Lexington Thomas to continue to look like one of the best backs in the MWC behind Heisman candidate Donnel Pumphrey.
  • Idaho is 1-2 with their lone win coming from 20-17 victory of Montana State. The two losses came against Washington (59-14) and Washington State (56-6)
  • UNLV is favored by 13 points. UNLV is 2-1 against the spread this season, Idaho is 0-3.
  • Idaho’s defense might be worst than UNLV’s and that is saying a lot. Idaho is giving up an average of 44 points and 432 yards per game.

Look for UNLV to bounce back and use this game as a confidence booster heading into MWC play. UNLV wins big 55-20.


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