Oddsmakers open UNLV as a 17-point underdog against rival UNR

Golden Nugget is the first Nevada casino to release betting numbers for college football season; makes UNLV a double-digit ‘dog in three games


Steve Marcus

UNLV football head coach Bobby Hauck calls out during practice at Rebel Field Monday, March 12, 2012.

Optimistic UNLV football fans will tell you this could be the year the Rebels end their losing streak to rival UNR.

Oddsmakers at the Golden Nugget, however, think otherwise. They released 111 betting lines Monday for the fall college season, including the Oct. 13 Fremont Cannon rivalry game where visiting UNR is a 17-point favorite against the Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium.

UNR has won a record seven straight games in the rivalry, humbling UNLV 37-0 last year in a game in which Rebel quarterback Caleb Herring completed just one pass and UNR gained 699 yards. The Wolf Pack were 20.5 favorites last year.

UNR in 2011 beat UNLV 44-27 and rushed for 559 yards during the 2009 game for a 63-28 win.

The Rebels, who have won two games in each of the past two seasons, are also underdogs in two other games posted by the Golden Nugget.

They are getting 17.5 points Sept. 14 against Washington State at home, looking to recover from last year’s 59-7 road defeat.

Also, they are 35.5 underdogs Oct. 20 at Boise State. The Rebels were competitive last fall against Boise State at home in a 48-21 defeat. On the road, however, they have dropped 16 straight games dating back to 2009.

The Golden Nugget is the first Nevada property to release betting numbers for the college season. There is a $1,000 betting limit.

Other games of note include: LSU laying two points Nov. 3 at home against Alabama in a rematch of the national championship game, and Oklahoma favored by six points Oct. 13 against Texas in Dallas.

Also, Michigan is laying three points Nov. 24 at Ohio State, Georgia is a 4.5-point favorite Oct. 26 against Florida in Jacksonville, and defending national champion Alabama is laying 6.5 points Sept. 15 at Arkansas.

In the Pac-12 Conference, league favorite USC is a six-point favorite Nov. 3 at home against Oregon, and Arizona State is getting 5.5 points Nov. 23 at rival Arizona.

Here is a link to the rest of the betting numbers.

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

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  1. Seventeen points? I guess they're only taking bets through the end of the first quarter.

  2. I don't think the problem is coaching. I think it is nearly impossible to attract players to a program with no tradition and very little fan support. Las Vegas is not a football town. UNLV and the State of Nevada should consider saving the taxpayer money that it pumps into the dead carcass that is UNLV football.