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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. The Rebels need to beat the Bears convincingly. Anything short of that is a red flag that even in a down Mountain West, the Rebels will have major problems this season.

UNLV football needs better spin on news

UNLV’s success on the football field last year hasn’t resulted in increased season ticket sales. And a proposed stadium has been scaled back — and the dome removed. Maybe they should say it was to save the birds.

Boise State poised for fall

It’s not as if the crystal stemware has shattered into a thousand pieces. But there is a small chip or two, flaws only discernible to those who watched firsthand Boise State’s rise to college football prominence.