Wyoming vs. UNLV prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins Saturday afternoon’s matchup between the Cowboys and Rebels.
When: Saturday, Nov. 12 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
Wyoming (7-2) has found its way to first place in the Mountain division of the Mountain West. The Cowboys started out 2-2 but have since pieced together a five-game winning streak. In the past five weeks, they’ve taken down Colorado State, Air Force, Nevada, Boise State and Utah State. Last weekend’s matchup with the Aggies ended in a 52-28 victory for Craig Bohl’s team.
As for UNLV (3-6), the Rebels have seen their wins come few and far between. They’re looking to avoid their second three-game losing streak on Saturday when they host Wyoming. UNLV is coming off of a bye week but has dropped its last two games to Colorado State and San Jose State. Last time out on Oct. 29, the Rebels fell on the road to the Spartans, 30-24.
The Cowboys have taken the last three games with the Rebels, including last season’s matchup in Laramie, 35-28. It’s Wyoming who leads the all-time series with UNLV, 12-10.
What To Know About Wyoming
In the blowout win versus Utah State, Josh Allen was fantastic. He connected on 16-of-26 passes for 261 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Two of Allen’s touchdowns went to Tanner Gentry, and he hauled in four catches for 93 yards. Jacob Hollister brought in four catches as well for 69 yards and a touchdown. And then Jake Maulhardt caught a touchdown, too, and he finished with two receptions for 24 yards.
The running game featured Brian Hill, who had another monster game. Hill ran for 142 yards and two scores on 25 carries for the Cowboys. Allen tacked on 66 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Plus, Shaun Wick ran for 40 yards on eight rushes.
What to Know About UNLV
The Rebels turned to Kurt Palandech at quarterback last time out, and he ended up completing 10-of-21 passes for 161 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Dalton Sneed was 2-of-9 passing for 24 yards, so it made sense. Palandech’s only touchdown went to Andrew Price, and he finished with two grabs for 22 yards. But it was Devonte Boyd who led UNLV with six catches for 136 yards in the loss to San Jose State.
On the ground, Charles Williams was fed the rock 22 times for 141 yards, and he found his way into the end zone once on a 75-yard run. Palandech toted the rock across the goal line for a touchdown and rushed for 44 yards on six carries.
Offense: Wyoming – Allen is playing great football right now, and Hill is destroying front sevens out of the Cowboys’ backfield.
Defense: UNLV – The Rebels are allowing 420.6 yards of total offense per game.
Special Teams: UNLV – Evan Pantels has drilled 8-of-9 field goals and 35-of-35 extra points this season.
Coaching: Wyoming – Bohl’s guys are playing great football and riding a winning streak — plus a first place spot in their division.
Matchup To Watch
Josh Allen vs. UNLV defense
Hill is going to get his. He’ll eat all game long and torch the Rebels defense. But UNLV can make a big difference in the game if it can disguise its looks and force Allen into some early mistakes. If the Rebels can pick off Allen and flip the field — of course, they’ll need to capitalize — but they’ll get him out of rhythm and affect his him throughout the game. He can still have an impact in the running game, so UNLV will have to keep a close watch and limit the damage from the Wyoming quarterback.
Spread: Wyoming -7.5
Wyoming vs. UNLV Prediction
UNLV is going to try to get a pass rush and to get to Allen early on, but it won’t work. He’ll get the Cowboys out to an early lead and will toss a couple of touchdowns in this one with at least 150 passing yards. Hill will hurt the Rebels by picking up big chunks of yardage on the ground and helping convert on third downs. UNLV will rely on Williams’ and Lexington Thomas for most of its offense, but Wyoming is going to take the win in Vegas.
Wyoming vs. UNLV Score Prediction: Wyoming 35, UNLV 21