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Why the UNLV-Northern Colorado game is important

The magnitude of Friday’s 58-13 season-opening loss at Arizona makes this weekend even more crucial for UNLV. The Rebels play Northern Colorado, a Football Championship Subdivision team, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium. UNLV needs to do more than simply win.

First quarter collapse doomed Rebels

Arizona failed to score on its first two offensive possessions Friday night, and the UNLV defense had to be feeling pretty good. But it didn’t take long for Terris Jones-Grigsby to eradicate whatever sense of satisfaction the Rebels defense had.

Why the UNLV-Arizona game is important

UNLV enters Friday’s 7:30 p.m. football game at Arizona as a 24-point underdog, so it would be easy to dismiss the Rebels’ season opener as a sure loss. But even if the Rebels lose as expected, if they can at least be competitive, this game could be one to build upon.