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New FSM Preview:  UNLV vs San Jose State – Week 14 – 2023

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UNLV has a chance to host the  Mountain West Conference championship game, but first the Rebels have to beat the San Jose State Spartans on Saturday afternoon. Here is all you need to know about UNLV vs San Jose State.

UNLV vs San Jose State is taking place this Saturday. 

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What a season for the UNLV Rebels football team. Head Coach Barry Odom and his staff have come in and transformed the program in less than a year. They exorcised past demons that have plagued the program for decades and brought a sense of hope and a winning culture.

It has been a masterclass in coaching and culture from Coach Odom.

First, the Rebels secured their first Bowl appearance since 2013. Next, they locked in their first winning season since that same year. After their win against Wyoming and some help from Fresno State and Air Force losses, they were tied for first place in the MWC. Finally, they beat Air Force last week to lock in sole possession of first place.

Now, UNLV has a chance to host the Mountain West Conference Championship game if they beat the San Jose State Spartans on Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans enter the game as one of the hottest teams in the Mountain West. Riding a five-game winning streak, the San Jose State offense has been on a roll. The Spartans hit Utah State and Fresno State quick and fast. Against San Diego State, they outlasted the Aztecs in an ugly win that made them Bowl-eligible. How will they attack UNLV, and can they beat the Rebels and put a damper on a magical season?

On defense, SJSU will need to beat UNLV up front at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Next, look for the Spartans to try to attack the Rebels through the air. Spartans quarterback Chevan Cordero has been a thorn in the Rebels’ side since he was at Hawai’i. Lastly, it may simply come down to who wants it more and who is willing to lay it all on the line.

San Jose State is averaging 33 points per game. They are throwing for 217.2 yards and rushing for 181.9 yards per game. The Spartans have played well defensively, giving up 25.3 points per game.

 

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UNLV, on the other hand, comes into the game after winning three straight games. Last week, they defeated Air Force 31–27. For the sixth time in school history, the Rebels have reached the 9-win mark, and it’s the first time since 1984 when they went 10-1. They also have started 5-0 at home for the first time since John Robinson’s 2000 squad went 6-0 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

UNLV is averaging 35.9 points per game. They are throwing for 237.5 yards and rushing for 188.3 yards per game. The Rebels have played well defensively, especially in recent weeks. During the year, they are giving up 24.5 points per game.

Since Boise State beat Air Force on Friday, it’s simple. If UNLV wins, they will host the Mountain West Championship game. If the Rebels lose, then a computer gets involved, and there are a ton of scenarios that could take place. But one thing in the Rebels’ favor is that they have a considerable lead in the rankings and could still have a shot at hosting the game even with a loss… but let’s hope it doesn’t come down to that.

UNLV vs San Jose State could be a high-scoring game. 

Is UNLV vs San Jose State the biggest game in Rebels history?

UNLV vs San Jose is another big game for the Rebels. Can they win and host the Mountain West Conference Championship game? 

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It’s been said for a couple of weeks, but even more so here in our previews, that this is the most important game in UNLV football history with each passing week. Just how impressive this season has been for the Rebels cannot be overstated. 

UNLV has won six straight and nine of the last 11 games played at Allegiant Stadium. So far, they have shattered the program record for 40-point games for both consecutive outings (4) and in a season (6) while scoring at least 24 points in nine straight games for the first time since they moved to Division 1 in 1978.

The running game has been imposing. Entering the game against San Jose State, they are tied with USC for the most rushing touchdowns in the nation, 33, and are just one behind the school record for a season, 34, in 1975. 

The Rebels defense also has been impressive. They are tied for 10 in the nation with 13 interceptions, and seven different players have been on the receiving end of them. Led by Jaxson Turner (4), Cam Oliver (3), and Jonathan Baldwin (2), the Rebels secondary has been opportunistic all season long and will look to continue against the Spartans.

The Rebels’ defense could also be getting healthy at the right time. Baldwin and Jerrae Williams may be back on the field for UNLV after both have been out with leg injuries the past couple of weeks. 

 

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Ricky White III has been the Rebels’ best offensive weapon all season long. The all-everything wide receiver leads the Rebels in both receptions (71) and yards (1,197) and has six 100-yard games this season, ranking second in UNLV single-season history.

White III also was snubbed as a semi-finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top wide receiver, despite posting numbers that have him ranked in the top five in categories nationwide.

UNLV is also becoming a hot spot for recruits with every Rebels win. This week, over 400 will be in attendance with their families.

Here is a list of who is scheduled to attend the UNLV vs San Jose State game.

Jaylen Allen – UNLV commit
Isaiah Ayers – 2025- RB
Colin Banning – 2025 OL
Bash Bodily – 2025- QB
Daniel Boyd – 2025- OL
Greg Burrell – UNLV commit
Josiah Campbell – 2025 LB
Lamario Claiborne – 2025 DE

Dane Dunn – 2025 RB
Nijrell Eason – UNLV commit
Tre Fulton – UNLV commit
Krew Jones – 2027- ATH
Tyler King – 2026- DL
Eliah Logo – 2025- DL
Steve Manuma – 2025 edge
Tavian McNair – 2025 WR
Isaiah Myers – WR
Kela Moore – UNLV commit
Toby Moore – UNLV commit
Gary Odom – 2025 QB

Jaden Navarette – Oregon transfer DE
Koi Pa’ao’ao – UNLV commit
Tre People – 2025 QB
Broderick Redden – TE
Christian Smith – 2025 Edge
Jackson Stevens – 2024 QB
Matai Tagoia – 2025 FS
Coen Coloma
Mason Dew
Aiden Krause
Tucker McCormick
CJ Lavender
Jacob Maiava
Justice Maiava
Cameron Mitchell Jones
Juju Parm

Lastly, let me be the first to say THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to all the seniors playing their final regular season game in Scarlet and Grey at Allegiant Stadium. You have been a pleasure to cover and get to know during your time at UNLV.

It’s time for some Rebels football! #RebelUp

UNLV vs San Jose State is for the right to host the Mountain West Conference championship game for the Rebels. 

The Rebels take on San Jose State on Saturday afternoon. The kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. and can be seen on the Silver State Sports and Entertainment Network or can be streamed on the Mountain West Network.

 

-Joe Arrigo   Franchise Sports Media

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