The Rebels looked very much the part of a team playing in its first Mountain West championship game, falling to Boise State on Saturday at Allegiant Stadium.
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Jackson Woodard followed coach Barry Odom from Arkansas to Las Vegas, and the junior has responded with a team-leading 104 tackles for the 9-3 Rebels.
The head coach might have changed, but the Raiders still have an offense that can’t generate any level of consistency, seen again in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs.
UNLV lost to San Jose State on Saturday, but still managed the program’s most wins since 1984. And the Rebels will likely still play in the Mountain West title game.
The Raiders defense isn’t great, but it’s much better than what preseason forecasts suggested and has kept the team in games as the offense continues to struggle.
Ranked sixth nationally, UNLV’s special teams units have had as much to do with the 9-2 start as any facet of the Rebels’ game. UNLV hosts San Jose State on Saturday.
Far from perfect, UNLV’s football team overcame a 24-7 deficit Saturday to defeat Air Force and climb within one victory of playing for a conference title.
With the relocation vote finalized, the Oakland Athletics would make Las Vegas one of 20 American cities with at least three of the big four major sports teams.
Even though the season’s first extended road trip began with a loss to the Washington Capitals, five straight games away from home can only help the Golden Knights.
Hockey was the theme over politics as the Golden Knights were hosted by President Joe Biden at the White House for their Stanley Cup championship.
How the Raiders react and approach each day has been altered since Josh McDaniels was fired as coach. Most would say for the best. Most would be correct.
The UNLV football team is 7-2 under first-year coach Barry Odom and has been able to move on from victories quickly to focus on a bigger prize.
Rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell was steady in his second start, leading the Raiders to a whipping of the New York Giants on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.
Tanking might not be in order for the 3-5 Raiders, but not making the NFL playoffs and failing to secure a high draft pick would be the worst conclusion.