Monday, July 22, 2013 | 9:35 a.m.
League expectations for UNLV football are, once again, low. The Rebels were picked to finish fifth out of six teams in the new West division and had no players picked to the All-Mountain West team, which was revealed Monday morning.
Fresno State was picked to win the West division, led by preseason Offensive Player of the Year Derek Carr and Defensive Player of the Year Derron Smith, while Boise State was pegged atop the Mountain division.
With 12 teams, the Mountain West for the first time this year will play a football championship game between the two division champs. It will be played at the home of the team ranked higher in the BCS standings.
UNLV doesn’t figure to be part of that this season, but according to the Las Vegas Hilton, there could be a few more wins on the schedule. The sports book recently revealed some season over/unders and listed UNLV at 3.5 with the over costing minus-145. That suggests they have the Rebels pegged at four wins, which would equal the amount coach Bobby Hauck has won over the past two seasons.
The Rebels and the other 11 teams will be at the Cosmopolitan over the next two days for the league’s media days. Below is the predicted order of finish:
Mountain: Boise State, Utah State, Air Force, Wyoming, Colorado State, New Mexico
West: Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNR, UNLV, Hawaii
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.