LAS VEGAS — BYU travels to take on UNLV this Friday in a late-season matchup where one of the two teams still has bowl hopes alive. The Cougars eliminated themselves from any possibility of receiving a bowl invite in last week's 20-13 loss to Fresno State, while the Rebels are fighting for the possibility.
“I’ve always been a competitive player, and this is definitely a competitive team,” UNLV offensive lineman Kyle Saxelid told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “You can feel it in the locker room. You can see it out at practice. You see it in the games, especially later in the games. I still hold firm with that belief. The rest of these games are all winnable games, and we’re going to go out there with the attitude we’re going to get wins in these games.”
Mitch Harper writes for Athlon Sports regarding three things to watch for in Friday's game, ultimately picking UNLV to win 27-10.
Mark Anderson, in his writeup for the Las Vegas Review Journal, points out how rare Rebel wins over the Cougars have been over the years. BYU owns a 16-3 lead in the series and has won the last seven contests, but didn't win in a 45-41 thriller against the Rebels, which Anderson highlights in his article.
“Anytime the BYU game comes up, it’s always a flash back to that situation,” said former UNLV quarterback Sam King. “It was so memorable and so much fun. I don’t think any of the guys will ever forget that particular game.”