The UNLV Rebels (1-2) travel to Laramie in Week 5 for a Mountain West Conference battle against the Wyoming Cowboys (3-1). Kickoff is set for 9:00 PM EST on Saturday, September 28th at War Memorial Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
Taking a look at the Week 5 college football odds, Wyoming opened as a 9.5-point home favorite earlier this week. That line has yet to move at all after early betting, as the Cowboys are currently listed at -9.5. The total for the game is sitting at 51 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Wyoming vs UNLV
UNLV dropped back below .500 on the season their last time out, losing 30-14 on the road to Northwestern. The Rebels had a decent first half, trailing by just two points at the end of the second quarter. Their chances at pulling off the upset all but came to an end in the third quarter, as the Wildcats scored 14 unanswered points to go up by more than two touchdowns with just 15 minutes left in the game. QB Armani Rogers had a tough game through the air, going just 16/26 for 120 passing yards and no touchdowns while also getting picked off once. Rogers did average 4.1 yards per carry on the ground, but it was RB Charles Williams who led the way with 144 yards and two touchdowns on 16 rushing attempts. None of the UNLV receivers had a good outing, as Randal Grimes and Noah Bean combined for only 54 yards on six receptions. Overall, the offense gained just over 300 total yards and scored two touchdowns against a tough Wildcats defense.
The Rebels defense also had a poor showing against Northwestern, giving up almost 450 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. UNLV really had a tough time trying to slow down the Wildcats on the ground, as they allowed 278 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Wyoming lost their first game of the season in Week 4, falling 24-21 on the road against Tulsa to drop to 3-1 overall. The Cowboys jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter by couldn’t hold on, allowing the Golden Hurricane to score 14 unanswered points in the second quarter en route to a three point victory. QB Sean Chambers struggled with his throwing accuracy all game, going just 9/25 for 193 yards and a touchdown. Chambers did have a very solid game on the ground though, rushing 11 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Ayden Eberhardt led the way for the receiving corps despite making just one catch, as he found the end zone on a 53-yard passing play. As a whole, Wyoming generated just under 350 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns.
The Cowboys defense had an up and down outing against Tulsa, giving up just three combined points in the first and third quarter but allowing three touchdowns in the other half of the game. Wyoming was definitely exposed through the air by Golden Hurricane QB Zach Smith, as he passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns to lead Tulsa to the win.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Wyoming -9.5
Wyoming has actually been very impressive to start the year, as they easily could be 4-0 if a couple more breaks had gone their way against Tulsa. The Cowboys offense has been especially impressive, scoring at least three touchdowns in every game this season and averaging 25.5 points per game. UNLV has not looked good at all over their first three contests, losing by double-digits to both Arkansas State and Northwestern after beating up on Southern Utah back in Week 1. The Rebels could be in for another long afternoon here in Week 5, especially on the road in Wyoming where they have lost five consecutive games at War Memorial Stadium.
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The Cowboys are a very impressive 5-1 ATS over their last six games. They are also 4-1 ATS over their last five meetings with Mountain West Conference opponents and 4-2 ATS in their last six games against UNLV. The Rebels defense has now given up 73 points combined over their last two outings, which certainly doesn’t bode well for their chances at covering this almost double-digit spread. All things considered, I like Wyoming to move to 4-1 on the season here in Week 5 while also winning by 10+ points at home against a conference rival. Give me the Cowboys!