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Rebels picked to finish fifth in new football division


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UNLV head football coach Bobby Hauck takes part in the Mountain West Conference football media day Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

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

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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