Rankings website favors UNLV in five of remaining eight games

TeamRankings.com, which uses a computer-based model, projects success for UNLV’s football team the remainder of the season.

The website lists the Rebels (1-3) as at least 59.4 percent favorites in five of their eight remaining games, which if the season plays out that way would make them 6-6 and bowl eligible. But the site also lists UNLV’s chances of making a bowl at 40.9 percent and projects a 5-7 record.

Either type of season would go far beyond the many preseason predictions. UNLV was picked by the Mountain West media to finish last in the West Division.

For those wondering about the site’s accuracy, it projected a 3-10 record two games into last season. UNLV finished 2-11.

The Rebels open Mountain West play at 4 p.m. Saturday at UNR (2-2). TeamRankings.com makes the Wolf Pack the favorites in the West Division, with UNLV second.

Here’s how the site lists UNLV’s chances the rest of the season:

Saturday, at UNR — 40.9 percent

Oct. 10, vs. San Jose State — 59.4 percent

Oct. 16, at Fresno State — 61.1 percent

Oct. 31, vs. Boise State — 10.1 percent

Nov. 7, vs. Hawaii — 62.1 percent

Nov. 14, at Colorado State — 28.4 percent

Nov. 21, San Diego State — 63.5 percent

Nov. 28, at Wyoming — 87.8 percent

Contact reporter Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2914. Follow him on Twitter: @markanderson65

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