The growing pains that are Kenyon Oblad as UNLV’s starting quarterback continued Saturday, as two second-half interceptions played a major role in a 21-7 loss to Hawaii.
The Cornhuskers are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight Big Ten games, and coach Scott Frost is on a 7-2 cover run as an underdog.
The junior running back suffered a serious ankle injury in 2017, but now has produced two consecutive 100-yard games to begin the season.
One step forward is yet again three steps back, the latest example being a 43-17 blowout loss to Arkansas State before an announced gathering of 18,742 on Saturday night.
CG Technology sportsbook took a $7,700 bet on the underdog Aggies getting 18 points, and sharp action at Caesars Entertainment has driven the number from 18½ to 17.
Numbers rarely lie and those of the junior quarterback Armani Rogers suggest bowl eligibility for the Rebels in 2019 will be directly linked to whether or not he has grown into a more accurate passer.
The Rebels need junior college star linebacker Vic Viramontes to translate his confidence off the field to a huddle.
The start of fall practice reminds longtime observers of the UNLV football program of when prison inmates played a significant role in training camp.
The Rebels will have to prove history and the Mountain West preseason media poll wrong, a forecast that has UNLV finishing fifth in the six-team West Division.
Already, the new UNLV football complex has paid off with several commitments for the 2020 recruiting class, pledges from the sorts of players who likely would have never considered the Rebels if not for such dedication to an on-campus facility.