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UNLV Rebels vs. Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 9-14-2019
On Saturday afternoon, the UNLV Rebels and Northwestern Wildcats will do battle in this Mountain West Conference vs. Big Ten Conference matchup. Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM ET.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on BTN.
UNLV Looking To Bounce Back After Blowout Loss
The UNLV Rebels had a blowout win in Week 1 against Southern Utah and then they were blown out by Arkansas State 43-17. The Rebels found themselves down 23-3 at the half and just had no response to the Red Wolves in the second half. Both quarterbacks didn’t do that much of anything. The starting quarterback Armani Rogers went 8 for 23, for just 42 yards, and one interception. Pretty ugly game all around. Charles Williams was the main Rebel on the day, getting 19 carries, rushing for 168 yards, and one touchdown. Finally, the defense couldn’t even get one sack.
This team doesn’t really have a starting quarterback. Armani Rogers should start this game, but Kenyon Oblad is ready to go on any snap. This is a young football program and they are still trying to figure things out. Their defense hasn’t improved much from last season and the Rebels make some poor decisions sometimes, that lead to costly turnovers. Rogers should be sharper in Week 3 and he needs some more targets to pass to. Williams will have to rush as much as he can. Their ground game will be fantastic, but they allow 30 plus points a game on defense and Northwestern should have a field day.
Head coach Tony Sanchez wants the older and young players on the team to start competing for spots and that play can transition into a game. “We’ve got to challenge some of these young guys to fight some of these older guys for jobs” Sanchez said. “We’ve got to get going in the passing game and at the quarterback spot. If there’s got to be a little bit of a battle there, then I think we’re going to talk about that.”
Northwestern Is Well Rested And Ready For Home Opener
The Northwestern Wildcats had a bye week last week. Before that, they lost 17-7 to Stanford. They didn’t score for three quarters and both quarterbacks didn’t do much of anything. Isaiah Bowser was the standout Wildcat. He rushed 10 times, for a total of 54 yards. Travis Whillock was the head Wildcat on defense, as he got 10 tackles.
Northwestern is well-rested and jacked up for this game. They can’t wait to completely shut down this Rebel team and get their stats up left and right. The Wildcats are great against the rush and passing game. Northwestern’s defensive front will be ready for a run game against the Rebels. They will need to work on finishing drives, cut down the penalties, and limit the bad turnovers.
Even after a poor game in Week 1, head coach Pat Fitzgerald has complete confidence in his quarterback. “We have one hundred million percentage confidence in him,” Fitzgerald said at his press conference Monday.
- Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a bye week.
- Wildcats are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- Rebels are 19-41-2 ATS in their last 62 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Rebels are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Rebels are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rebels were awful last week and that was a home game. The offensive line struggled and the offense couldn’t do anything that they wanted to do for the whole game. They also struggled with getting good passes off.
The Wildcats are ready to get their offense rolling. They are rested and have a solid defensive core. Johnson will have a bounce-back game and the defense will do much better at defending passes because the Rebels were so poor at this.
Prediction: Northwestern Wildcats -18.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Northwestern running game will show up this week and UNLV won’t be able to stop it. Johnson will take awhile to get going, but when he does it will be fun.
The Rebels might be able to fix some things, but not that much. They have too many issues on offense and defense to get any consistency going. Northwestern wins 35-10.
Prediction: Under 54