College football gambling expectations remain low for a rebuilding UNLV team that has a new coach while Idaho is coming off a college football betting bowl win in 2009.
Kickoff is at 10:35 PM Eastern Time. Sports-Gambling opened with Idaho as a 7.5-point favorite.
The UNLV Rebels are 0-2 straight up and 1-1 against the spread. The Rebels are coming off a 38-10 loss at Utah as 20-point road dogs. Utah was playing backup quarterback Terrance Cain as he made his first start in over a year as he lit up the Rebels for 207 yards.
UNLV allowed a 77 yard punt return by Shaky Smithson and allowed 3 scores to the Utes based on their own punting mistakes which completely upset first year head coach Bobby Hauck.
“I don’t mean to be so abrupt. I’m just upset,” said Hauck. “Utah was better and they made fewer mistakes.”
The special team snafus ruined what could have been a much more competitive game for the Rebels as they were outgained just 338-319. UNLV held an 18-14 first down advantage. The Rebels beat the college football odds in their opening game which was a home loss to Wisconsin.
Idaho is coming off a 38-17 loss at Nebraska as 27.5-point dogs and is 1-1 straight up and 2-0 with the college football lines. The Vandals, much like UNLV did at Utah, made too many costly errors against the Big Red. Idaho committed 6 turnovers and allowed 7 sacks while surrendering 5 big-play touchdowns to Nebraska.
“They (Nebraska) are ranked number 6 in the country for a reason,” said Idaho head coach Robb Akey. “And when you play against a team like that, you can’t turn the ball over that many times. That really killed us. We’re going to make this be a positive. We’re going to build out of this thing.”
The last meeting in this college football gambling series was in 2005 when UNLV scored a 35-31 win. UNLV has been an abysmal road dog with just 12 payouts in their last 37 games and has also failed to cover 2 out of their last 8 games that follow a straight up loss.
Idaho has gone just 3-8 against the spread as a home favorite but has covered 6 consecutive non conference games.