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Nevada vs. UNLV prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins Saturday afternoon’s matchup between the Wolf Pack and Rebels.


When: Saturday, Nov. 26 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV Broadcast: ESPN 3

Nevada (4-7) has seen its wins come few and far between this season. After a win over Fresno State on Oct. 8, the Wolf Pack dropped its following four games to San Jose State, Wyoming, New Mexico and San Diego State. Brian Polian’s team snapped it this past weekend, though, when it took down Utah State at home, 38-37.

UNLV (4-7) hasn’t exactly seen a better time in its last four games. During the past month, the Rebels have gone 1-3 with its only win coming at home against Wyoming in triple overtime, 69-66.That followed losses to Colorado State and San Jose State. And, this past weekend, Tony Sanchez’s guys fell on the road to Boise State, 42-25.

The all-time series between the Wolf Pack and Rebels favors Nevada, 24-17. However, it was UNLV who took last year’s meeting in Reno, 23-17.

What To Know About UNLV

In the loss to Boise State, Kurt Palandech had about as average of a game as possible. He completed 10-of-20 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. That lone scoring strike was caught by Andrew Price, who ended up with three grabs for 65 yards. Tim Holt was second in receiving with only one catch for 26 yards.

Palandech did find more success on the ground than he did through the air. On nine carries, the UNLV quarterback took off for 64 yards and  two touchdowns. Xzaviar Campbell added 60 yards on 13 touches, and Charles Williams ran for 50 yards on 17 carries.

What to Know About Nevada

Ty Gangi was no better and no worse throwing the ball in Nevada’s win over Utah State. He connected on 13-of-26 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. Wyatt Demps was on the receiving end of that touchdown toss, and he finished with four catches for 12 yards. James Butler led the team with four receptions for 52 yards.

The Wolf Pack did most of its damage in the running game, though. Butler was given 26 carries, and he racked up 119 yards and a touchdown off of them. Jaxson Kincaide took 11 touches for 54 rushing yards and a touchdown. And Gangi found the end zone, too, as he ran for 31 yards on 12 carries.

Advantages

Offense: Nevada – Butler has toted the rock well for the Wolf Pack. He’s rushed for 1,140 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

Defense: Nevada – The Wolf Pack is No. 81 in scoring defense, allowing 30.7 points per game. UNLV is No. 111, giving up 36 points per game.

Special Teams: UNLV – Evan Pantels has connected on all 41 extra point attempts and 12-of-13 field goals.

Coaching: UNLV – Polian lost his starting quarterback, but Sanchez is on his third quarterback this season.

Matchup To Watch

Kurt Palandech vs. Ty Gangi

Neither quarterback is supposed to be starting in this game. Both the Wolf Pack and the Rebels have suffered through injuries to their starting quarterbacks, and UNLV is now on its third quarterback this season. So, this one is going to come down to whoever has a better game between Palandech and Gangi.

Betting Odds

Spread: UNLV -8
Over/Under: No line as of publication

Nevada vs. UNLV Prediction

Palandech will have an average game, and Williams and Campbell will be there to carry the load in the running game. Williams will find the end zone, and Palandech will run for a touchdown as well. But Nevada is going to go into halftime with a lead thanks to Butler. He’ll go over 100 yards rushing and will do most of the damage for the Wolf Pack, who will come out of Vegas with a win.

Nevada vs. UNLV Score Prediction: Nevada 31, UNLV 28

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