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Golden Nugget makes UNLV football double-digit underdog against Minnesota, Arizona

The downtown property will open betting Friday on 240 college games, including three involving the hometown Rebels

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UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck talks to his players after their spring football game Friday, April 12, 2013.

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UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry hands off to Adonis Smith during their spring football game Friday, April 12, 2013. Launch slideshow »

The UNLV football team will be a betting underdog in its initial two games of the season.

The Golden Nugget at 1 p.m. Friday will open betting on 240 college football games for the fall, including three contests involving the hometown Rebels. The downtown property is the first local establishment to release college football odds for 2013, mostly picking marquee games from across the country.

UNLV is a 13-point underdog for its season opener Aug. 29 at Minnesota, said Tony Miller, director of Golden Nugget race & sports.

For UNLV’s home opener Sept. 7 against Arizona, the Rebels are a 17-point underdog. On Sept. 14 against visiting Central Michigan, the Rebels are favored by four points. Miller didn't post a future number for UNLV's Fremont Cannon rivalry game at UNR.

UNLV has won two games in each of the past three seasons — a mark Miller says is again expected of the Rebels in the fall. Central Michigan could be the lone game they are favored in.

“Unfortunately, being a big UNLV fan myself, it looks like it will be another dismal year for them,” Miller said. “For Bobby Hauck’s sake I hope that’s not the case.”

The betting limit is $1,000 for sides and $500 for totals. Odds for all 240 games will be released Friday morning. Betting won’t be accepted until 1 p.m., when Miller knows his book will be slammed with business.

“There is a high volume of traffic through the weekend,” he said.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. If they overachieve on defense, then they have a good chance at a bowl game. The offense should put up enough points to win games. I doubt the new athletic director can find somebody better than Bobby Hauck if he's fired.