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UCLA vs. UNLV game preview: Can the Rebels keep it close?

What to expect when UNLV opens their season against UCLA Saturday night.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

WHERE: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada. (capacity: 35,500)

WHEN: 10:35 pm eastern (CBS Sports Network)

RECORD: UCLA (1-0)  UNLV (0-1)

UCLA will ride into the Sin City riding high after a very impressive win against Virginia when quarterback Josh Rosen passed for an intriguing 351 yards while completing 28 of 35 passes, totaling three touchdowns. Rosen will be facing a Rebel defense that allowed 360 passing yards against Northern Illinois so look for the Bruins to try to create big plays through the air early.


For Tony Sanchez and the UNLV Rebels to pull off an unbelievable win on Saturday, they need just about everything to right.  Quarterback Blake Decker and Devonte Boyd will have to be on the same page from kickoff until the final whistle.  Decker actually put up some impressive numbers against the Huskies passing for 319 yards and two touchdowns.  He will need to put up similar numbers keep the Bruins off the field for as long as possible.  Both wide receiver Devonte Boyd and running back Keith Whitely will most likely need to have 100-plus  yard games to give Tony Sanchez his first win as UNLV head coach.


UCLA has to have a B- night to walk away from Las Vegas comfortably.  Anything less will give UNLV  at least a chance for an upset.  Josh Rosen lit up the Virginia defense throwing for three touchdowns and 351 yards.

Strangely completing the same amount of passes as Blake Decker did in the same amount of tries, going 28-35. With eleven different players catching a pass against another power five defense, UCLA should have no problem against one of the worst defenses in the country in Sam Boyd Stadium.

LINE: UCLA by 30 points.