The Gold Sheet editor Bruce Marshall provides tech notes and trends for the Review-Journal.
UNLV could be catching Southern California at a good time as both teams open their football seasons at 1 p.m. Saturday in Los Angeles. Even so, the 15th-ranked Trojans are 26-point favorites.
Saturday marks just the second time UNLV football will meet Southern California, the first being a 1997 game in which Jon Denton and the Rebels had a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter before falling.
A breakdown of Saturday’s non-conference UNLV game at USC.
Several Las Vegas oddsmakers and handicappers are high on Michigan, which will take on Notre Dame on Saturday night in South Bend, Indiana, in a classic Week 1 matchup.
Bubba Bolden, who went to Bishop Gorman and won the starting job at strong safety for Southern California, will not play against UNLV on Saturday. Trojans coach Clay Helton would not elaborate.
UNLV appears to have an excellent chance to make a bowl this season. But the Rebels have some obstacles to clear to get there.
Boise State is expected to win the Mountain West, but Hawaii’s upset of Colorado State on Saturday showed nothing is a given in the league. UNLV opens Saturday at Southern California.
Southern California named freshman JT Daniels its starting quarterback for Saturday’s season-opening football game against UNLV at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. UNLV has its own young promising quarterback in sophomore Armani Rogers, who hopes last season’s experience pays off.
UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois saw a lot of positives in her first year, with five conference championships coming from Olympic sports. But she knows most of the focus is on football and men’s basketball.