UNLV quarterback Doug Brumfield (2) throws against California during the first half of an NCAA football game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022.
Jed Jacobsohn, Associated Press
Utah State vs. UNLV
Kickoff: Saturday, 5 p.m. MDT
Venue: Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium (25,513 capacity)
TV: CBS Sports Network
Livestream: CBS Sports
Radio: Sirius XM 383 / SXM App 974
Series: Utah State and UNLV will be meeting for the 26th time. USU holds an 18-7 advantage, including a 9-3 record at home. The Aggies have won 15 of the last 18 games played in the series, including six in a row.
Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70s at kickoff, with a 0% chance of precipitation and negligible winds out of the southwest.
For Utah State: The Aggies are 1-2 overall and have lost back-to-back games to Alabama and Weber State. Utah State has been outscored by 83 points in its last two games and has only scored once during that span.
For UNLV: The Rebels are 2-1 on the year, with wins over Idaho State and North Texas, the only setback coming in a 20-14 loss at Cal. UNLV has already matched its win total from last season and has the 30th-best total offense in all of college football.
What to watch for
Utah State is reeling after losing back-to-back games in convincing fashion, while UNLV is off to its best start to a season in over a decade.
The Aggies have struggled mightily on both sides of the ball and are currently ranked among college football’s worst in both total offense and total defense.
The Rebels, meanwhile, boast a top-30 offense and a respectable top-70 defense.
Any chance Utah State has of turning its season around rests on the Aggies’ offense recapturing some of the form it displayed a season ago. This year USU’s attack has been completely ineffective in all but one single quarter — the second quarter against UConn.
UNLV, meanwhile, has a dynamic offense that currently ranks as the best in the entire Mountain West Conference, after the Rebels scored 52 points against Idaho State and 58 against North Texas.
With quarterback Logan Bonner struggling after his return from injury, Utah State has tried to rely on its run game thus far this season. UNLV currently boasts a top-40 run defense, surrendering just over 100 yards per game and only two total touchdowns.
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News
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