through 3 quarters
The San Diego State Aztecs are only a quarter away from the victory they’ve been expecting their fans to have all week. a win is still up for either team, but they have a 21-20 lead over the UNLV Rebels.
San Diego State relied on the performance of WR Jesse Matthews, who caught six passes for two touchdowns and 63 yards. Matthews hadn’t helped his team much against the Nevada Wolf Pack last week, so it’s a good turnaround for him.
The Aztecs are struggling to protect the pocket and have allowed three bags. They will have to better protect quarterback Lucas Johnson if they are to maintain their lead.
# 19 State of San Diego @ UNLV
Current Records: San Diego State 9-1; UNLV 2-8
What there is to know
The San Diego State Aztecs are 5-1 against the UNLV Rebels since November 2015, and they will have the chance to extend that success on Friday. The Aztecs and UNLV will face off in a Mountain West battle at 11:30 p.m. ET at Allegiant Stadium. San Diego State won’t have the home court advantage, but they have an 11-point lead in the gap.
It was tight, but last week San Diego State dodged the Nevada Wolf Pack for a 23-21 victory. Kudos to the bettors for accurately predicting both the winner and the closing margin. No one has had an offensive game offensively for San Diego State, but they did have scores from TE Daniel Bellinger and RB Chance Bell.
The special teams collected 11 points for San Diego State. K Matt Araiza scored three field goals, the longest 48 yards in the second quarter, which ultimately made the difference in the game.
Meanwhile, the Rebels turned the game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors into a track and field competition and won gold after beating them by 471 yards to 240. UNLV won their game against Hawaii last week 27-13 . The score was 10-10 at the break, but UNLV was the better team in the second half. RB Charles Williams had a dynamite game for UNLV; he rushed for three touchdowns and 274 yards on 40 carries. Williams’ longest run was 64 yards in the third quarter.
This upcoming clash looks promising for San Diego State, which is favored by 11 points. Those who were burned by picking them ATS last week may want to keep in mind that the team have yet to give up back-to-back ATS games this season.
The victories took the Aztecs to 9-1 and the Rebels to 2-8. A few numbers to keep in mind before kick-off: San Diego State stumbles into the game with the 217th fewest passing yards per game in the country, accumulating just 140.8 on average . UNLV has had its own struggles as it is the 199th worst in the country in passing yards allowed per game, averaging 266.1. It’s possible that one of those Achilles’ heels will end up tripping the losing team.
How to watch
- When: Friday at 11:30 p.m. ET
- Or: Allegiant Stadium – Paradise, Nevada
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- Direct: CBSSports.com or fuboTV (Try free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Look on your phone: CBS Sports app
- Watch on smart TV: CBS Sports app on Roku and Fire TV
- Cost of the ticket: $ 17.00
The Aztecs are an 11-point favorite against the Rebels, according to the latest college football odds.
The punters had a good idea of the line for this one, as the game opened with the Aztecs as 11.5 point favorites.
Over / Under: -108
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History of the series
San Diego State has won five of its last six games against UNLV.
- October 24, 2020 – San Diego State 34 vs. UNLV 6
- October 26, 2019 – San Diego State 20 vs. UNLV 17
- November 10, 2018 – UNLV 27 vs. San Diego State 24
- October 07, 2017 – San Diego State 41 vs. UNLV 10
- October 08, 2016 – San Diego State 26 vs. UNLV 7
- November 21, 2015 – San Diego State 52 vs. UNLV 14