Weekend Sports Gambler: Good news, bad news on the UNLV Rebels football program

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By Dan Behringer, LVSportsBiz.com Sportsbook Author

If you’ve been following UNLV football this season, there’s good news and bad news.

The good news is that the team is 7-3 against the spread.

The bad news is they are 4-6 and on a five game losing streak.

But with two games left, the Rebels can still become bowl-eligible by winning their remaining two games against Hawaii and UNR. To put it another way (dial 1-800 SPORTS CLICHES), they control their own destiny.

First up is Hawaii. The Rebels are 10.5-point favorites for Saturday’s game in Hawaii. The total has dropped from 59 to 55.5.

Ironically, the Rainbow Warriors (2-8) are also battling in the win/loss column, but have 7-3 ATS.

“(The end of the season) means something for the first time in a long time,” coach Marcus Arroyo told dem Las Vegas Review Journal. “That is exciting.”

We’ll find out how exciting it will be after kick-off at 8 p.m. in Aloha Stadium

Elsewhere:

— Attention Runnin’ Rebels: UNLV basketball program Runnin’ Rebels is attracting some attention after upsetting No. 21 Dayton, 60-52 on Tuesday.

“I just couldn’t be prouder of them,” said UNLV coach Kevin Kruger afterwards.

The Rebels (3:0, 1:2 ATS) receive the next high point on Friday at Thomas & Mack. The Panthers are also 3-0. They covered the only game that had a betting line, a 91-80 win over Wofford in which they were favored -2.5.

UNLV is -12.5 for the game with a total of 139.5.

Tip off is at 7 p.m

— The facts at Mile High: The Las Vegas Raiders (2-7), whose season has slowly capsized like a less glamorous version of the Titanic, next meet the Denver Broncos, also in the NFL minor division at 3-6.

The Broncos are 2.5-point favorites with a 41.5 aggregate score for the game at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High, with Raiders first-year coach Josh McDaniels right in the crosshairs of the discussion.

“People in today’s world want instant gratification. The guy coached nine games. We’re 2-7, not the results we’re looking for, but at the same time we lost six games by one goal and ended up with a chance to win,” owner Mark Davis told ESPN.

Raiders owner Mark Davis and receiver Mack Hollins.

Let’s just say Sunday’s game lacks playoff drama. The combined record of the two teams is 5-13. The Raiders are without a win in five games. At Covers.com, 56 percent of the betting interest is with the Broncos.

Kickoff, for those brave enough to watch, is at 1:05 p.m

– Again on the street: The Vegas Golden Knights bounced back from losses to the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks with a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night that left them heavily favored in the -405 area.

“We made them work hard to get in the zone … and put some energy and time into getting set up,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy told The Associated Press.

The Golden Knights now return to the streets with a game on Saturday at the Edmonton Oilers. No line in play yet, but we make the Knights (14-4) a -150 favorite over the Oilers (9-8) with a total of about 6.

Puck throw is at 7 p.m

– snow day: Oddsmakers don’t expect much offense in Saturday’s college football match between Iowa and Minnesota. 32.5 overall. Winds are forecast at 21 km/h and snow is possible.

— Game of the week (8-3): We improved our record to 8-3 on the season when Auburn, -1.5, beat Texas A&M 13-10 last weekend. This weekend we play Oklahoma State in Oklahoma over 66.5.


Dan Behringer is a longtime Las Vegan. Follow the posts on doublegutshot.com. On Twitter @DanBehringer221.



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