Utah State (3-4, 1-2) will travel to UNLV (2-4, 1-2) Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. MT.
<h3>WHAT IS ON THE LINE?</h3>
Both teams are coming off of back-to-back losses, so both will be anxious to get back in the win column.
While not mathematically impossible, both teams are long shots to win their division and go to the Mountain West championship game, but both still have chances at bowl game eligibility.
Utah State would have to win three of its last five games to become eligible. UNLV needs to win four of its last six. Whichever team loses will only be able to lose one more the rest of the season to qualify.
The Aggies and Rebels have met 22 times, and USU has won 15 times. The Aggies have won the last three meeting. UNLV last won in 2008.
<h3>HOW TO WATCH & LISTEN</h3>
The game will be broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, the channel previously called Root Sports. For Comcast customers in Utah, that is channel 52 or 693HD. For DISH subscribers its channel 414 and for DirecTV it is channel 693. It will also be <a href=”http://player.watchstadium.com/webapp/mwc/index.html#/live/96612?conference=191&date_from=10%2F20%2F2017&date_to=11%2F03%2F2017&live_section=1&archive_section=1″ target=”_blank”>streamed online</a> regionally through the Mountain West Network and Stadium.
“KVNU Gameday” with Al Lewis and Craig Hislop will begin at 2 p.m. Tune in at 610 AM and 102.1 FM, listen online at kvnutalk.com, or on the KVNU mobile app. Radio coverage on KVNU will continue with “Aggie Call” once the game concludes at approximately 7:15 p.m.
UNLV’s two wins came against Idaho and San Jose State – each by 28 points.
The Rebel offense is averaging 31 points per game, and most of that is coming on the ground. UNLV’s 265 yards per game on the ground ranks 12th nationally, however its passing offense ranks 100 sports lower at 112. Overall, the Rebel defense is allowing 484.3 yards per game, one of the worst in FBS.
Aggie head coach Matt Wells compared UNLV’s starting quarterback Armani Rogers to Josh Allen, the Wyoming quarterback the Aggie competed against last week. He said that like Allen, Rogers can can cause tacklers to miss.
“This guy’s not as big, but he’s strong and athletic,” he said. “I see guys slide right off his legs on tape.”
Rogers is a redshirt freshman and is averaging 171 yards passing and 76.7 yards rushing each game.
The team’s leading rusher and guy to watch is junior Lexington Thomas. He has carried the ball 99 times for 729 yards this year, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and 119.3 yards per game. He is ninth all-time on UNLV’s rushing list.
He is good enough to have his own highlight video. Rebel fans call him “Lightning”.
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The top receiver is Devonte Boyd, who is averaging 69.2 yards per game. His 14 100-yard receiving games in his career is a school record.
“I know all about Boyd,” Wells said, “especially when he was young and we played against him. He’s one of the best receivers in the whole league.”
<h3>THIS WEEK’S MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS AND SCHEDULE</h3><h4>Friday, Oct. 20</h4>
Air Force at Nevada 7:30 p.m. MT
Colorado State at New Mexico 8:15 p.m. MT
<h4>Saturday, Oct. 21</h4>
Utah State at UNLV 4 p.m. MT
Fresno State at San Diego State 7:30 p.m. MT
Wyoming at Boise State 8:15 p.m. MT
<h4>Mountain Division</h4><table border=”0″><tbody><tr><td>Colorado State </td><td>3-0 </td><td>5-2 </td></tr><tr><td>Boise State</td><td>2-0 </td><td>4-2 </td></tr><tr><td>Wyoming </td><td>2-0 </td><td>4-2 </td></tr><tr><td>New Mexico </td><td>1-2 </td><td>3-3 </td></tr><tr><td>Utah State </td><td>1-2 </td><td>3-4 </td></tr><tr><td>Air Force </td><td>1-2 </td><td>2-4 </td></tr></tbody></table><h4>West Division</h4><table border=”0″><tbody><tr><td>Fresno State </td><td>3-0 </td><td>4-2 </td></tr><tr><td>San Diego State </td><td>2-1 </td><td>6-1 </td></tr><tr><td>UNLV </td><td>1-2 </td><td>2-4 </td></tr><tr><td>Nevada </td><td>1-2 </td><td>1-6 </td></tr><tr><td>Hawai’i </td><td>1-3 </td><td>3-4 </td></tr><tr><td>San Jose State </td><td>0-4 </td><td>1-7 </td></tr></tbody></table>