UNLV Rebels at Central Michigan Chippewas – Preview, TV, Streaming, Betting Line

UNLV at Central Michigan

  • Start Time: 3:00 PM EST. Saturday, September 17.
  • Location: Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • TV: ESPN3
  • Streaming: ESPN3
  • Radio: UNLV: Here. CMU: Here.
  • Records: UNLV: 1-1. CMU: 2-0.
  • Live Stats: Here.
  • Line: CMU -13.5. O/U: 55.5.

UNLV outlook

With a dominating win over Jackson State, UNLV had looked to try and challenge UCLA.  While the final score reflected a dominant UCLA performance in a 42-21 win, the reality is UNLV held their own, was within a touchdown of tying the game, when a targeting penalty erased a stalled UCLA drive, and the Bruins took advantage.

Coach Tony Sanchez is now tasked with taking on a CMU team who is very high off their win over a P5 opponent.  With a strong rush game in Lexington Thomas and Xzavier Campbell and Johnny Stanton looking more confident every week, Mount Pleasant might be unpleasantly surprised by the Rebels.

Did I forget to mention that UNLV got a huge paycheck of 10 MILLION DOLLARS for a new training facility?  If the name Fertitta sounds familiar, it’s because it is.  The Fertitta family is a big staple in the Las Vegas landscape, they own a few local casinos and just sold this sport called UFC for some billions of dollars.  If the Fertitta’s believe in Tony Sanchez enough to donate that kind of money to the program, you better believe the Rebels are going to join the college football arms race soon.

CMU outlook

The fired-up Chips took down ranked Oklahoma State last weekend, sparking obvious happy surprise from this website, and glorious bitterness from Cowboys HC Mike Gundy.  Look, we all know that the play should have been ruled dead and not count, but CMU earned the win, thanks to Cooper Rush and company who kept the offense in the game.  This will be Rush’s second time facing UNLV, the last time he faced the Rebels, CMU jumped to a 21-0 lead before choking it all away and losing 31-21.

Winning this game will keep the Chips in a tight three-way tie in the MAC West for “favorite to win the division without any sort of head to head,” whereas losing this game will be seen as a failure, despite UNLV significantly improving.  As a 13.5 point favorite, the Chips should definitely not look ahead to the next week, as two touchdowns can quickly change.  While CMU has faced the more difficult opponents, Rush is still prone to interceptions, and their already strong rush defense needs to be at its best.

Prediction

This game has all the makings of a CMU hangover: the big win, the underrated sub-par opponent, a home game…  Tony Sanchez within two years has created this UNLV team into a gritty pack, fighting tooth and nail for everything, even when they are losing.  This game comes down to the wire: UNLV 28, CMU 27.

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