Week 5 Mountain West Football Power Rankings

Week 5 Mountain West Football Power Rankings UNLV, San Jose State moving up Contact/Follow @MWCwire Is this the upside down? The Mountain West has seen a lot of different teams this year be better and worse than expected. Fresno State is playing …

Week 5 Mountain West Football Power Rankings

UNLV, San Jose State moving up

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Is this the upside down?

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The Mountain West has seen a lot of different teams this year be better and worse than expected. Fresno State is playing with a backup quarterback and looked lost and bad against the loss against UConn. UNLV is surprising us all and is seven points away from being undefeated, yeah that is right.

Those Rebels are facing the 3-1 San Jose State Spartans that regained its 2020 magic and a slow start vs. Portland State and in a game that could determine the West Division representative for the Mountain West title game.


Boise State was looking left for dead in an embarrassing loss to UTEP,  but then came in Dirk Koetter from the analyst roll to offensive coordinator and used two quarterbacks to crush San Diego State. Broncos fans are wondering if it was a one-week boost or if this is sustainable.

This is all to say that the Mountain West is wild and pretty this year and once again these power polls took a turn with some movement after surprising results from last week and some interesting games heading into Week 6.

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Week 5 Mountain West Bowl Projections

Week 4 Mountain West Bowl Projections This will be a weird week for bowl projections Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Bowl projection season is here after Week 4 Week 5 2022 Mountain West Bowl Tie Ins, Lineup …

Week 4 Mountain West Bowl Projections

This will be a weird week for bowl projections

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Bowl projection season is here after Week 4

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Week 5

2022 Mountain West Bowl Tie Ins, Lineup


Here are the bowl lineup for the Mountain West this year.

– Cotton Bowl – at-large vs. Group of Five
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs MAC
– Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl vs Pac-12
– New Mexico Bowl vs Conference USA
– Barstool Arizona Bowl vs MAC
– EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl vs Conference USA

Back up tie-ins are below

– Guaranteed Rate Bowl vs Big Ten or Big 12

Other Options

Cure Bowl vs Group of Five
– RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl vs Group of Five
– SERVPRO First Responder Bowl vs Group of Five
– Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl vs Group of Five

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PODCAST: Week 5 Mountain West Football Recap

PODCAST: Week 5 Mountain West Football Recap What the heck happened to Fresno State? Contact/Follow @MWCwire San Jose State & UNLV are the favorites? Jeremy and Matt are back to recap another week of Mountain West football. This latest Week 5 saw …

PODCAST: Week 5 Mountain West Football Recap

What the heck happened to Fresno State?

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San Jose State & UNLV are the favorites?

Jeremy and Matt are back to recap another week of Mountain West football. This latest Week 5 saw UNLV come from behind to beat New Mexico. Boise State showed off its new offensive coordinator and quarterback in a dominant second half performance against San Diego State.

Air Force snuck past rival Navy, UConn upset Fresno State, and San Jose State looks like a front runner after topping Wyoming.

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Week 5 Mountain West Football In Five Words

Week 5 Mountain West Football In Five Words Fans are fiesty this week, again Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire A short and sweet description Week 5 of Mountain West football had no shortage of drama with upsets, near wins, new starts, and …

Week 5 Mountain West Football In Five Words

Fans are fiesty this week, again

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A short and sweet description

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Week 5 of Mountain West football had no shortage of drama with upsets, near wins, new starts, and blowouts. It makes sense that fans had emotions running high, both good and bad.

A lot happened and we will et the fans take over and give their reactions in five words about Week 5 of Mountain West football, along with ours. First here is our reaction to the week that was.

Air Force – Even when ugly, sunk Navy

Boise State – Broncos offense might be back

Colorado State – Pretty sure no one transferred

Fresno State – Did we really lose to UConn?

Hawaii – A much needed off week

Nevada – 

New Mexico – Showing actual signs of improvement

San Diego State – Open tryouts at for

San Jose State – 2020 all over again, maybe?

UNLV – Your first-place UNLV Rebels

Utah State – OK. Aggies looked pretty good.

Wyoming – Maybe have offensive wanted ad?


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Is Marcus Arroyo The Frontrunner For Mountain West Coach of the Year?

A discussion on Marcus Arroyo’s MW COTY campaign.

Is Marcus Arroyo The Frontrunner For Mountain West Coach of the Year?

UNLV has emerged as one of the top Mountain West teams

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Can Arroyo win the Coach of the Year award?

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In five games, Marcus Arroyo has UNLV in a position to compete for a Mountain West Championship in 2022. If UNLV stays on the right path for the rest of the season, he could be in line to win the 2022 Mountain West Coach of the Year award.

Not many people expected the Rebels to be a conference contender in 2022. He outperformed expectations in the early part of the season and put his team at the top of the Mountain West.

In the most recent game, UNLV erased a 17-0 deficit and defeated New Mexico 31-20. That game showed UNLV’s resilience and ability to fight back.

UNLV is tied with Boise State for the most wins in the Mountain West in the season. With a 4-1 overall record and a 2-0 Mountain West record, UNLV sits atop the West Division.

The program already doubled its win total from last season. With two wins in the Mountain West, UNLV has the same number of wins in conference play from last year. The Rebels finished the 2021 season with a 2-10 record. The 2021 season began with an 0-8 start.

This season is off to a much better start and the Rebels are poised to have the program’s first winning season since 2013. The Rebels went 7-6 in 2013 and have not won more than five games in a single season since then.

Doug Brumfield has seemed to be the answer at quarterback. In the past, the quarterback position was a problem, but Brumfield has been a consistent presence for the team.

The upcoming schedule will dictate how the season ultimately plays out for UNLV, but regardless of the end result, the start of the season is an accomplishment for Arroyo and his program. The next five games for UNLV are against San Jose State, Air Force, Notre Dame, San Diego State, and Fresno State. San Jose State has been the only future opponent without a really bad loss in 2022. Air Force, Notre Dame, San Diego State, and Fresno State all stumbled at some point since the start of the season.

UNLV could have trouble in the next three games against San Jose State, Air Force, and Notre Dame. On the other side, the games against San Diego State and Fresno State are looking like winnable games for the Rebels with recent struggles from the two teams. The conference is up for grabs and UNLV can catch the college football world by surprise with a deep run in the second half of the season. Having a great start to the season turned out to be a great cushion for the rest of the way.

If Arroyo can lead the Rebels to a bowl game, he should be in the conversation for the Mountain West Coach of the Year. He is looking to join John Robinson as the only other UNLV head coach to win the award.

New Mexico vs. UNLV: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction

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New Mexico vs. UNLV: Game Preview, How To Watch, Odds, Prediction

An unexpected big time game

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Can the Lobos pull it off?

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 WEEK 5: UNLV Rebels (3-1)1-0 versus the UNM Lobos (2-2) 0-1 

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 30 at 11 p.m. ET 

WHERE: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada 

WEATHER: 93F-69F Allegiant is a domed stadium  

TV: CBS Sports Network  

STREAM: FuboTV — get a free trial

RADIO: 77KOB Lobo Radio Network ESPN 1100 AM & 100.9 FM 

Rob Portnoy (play-by-play), Dontrell Moore (analyst) 

SERIES RECORD: UNLV leads 13-12  

LAST WEEK: UNM loss to LSU 38-0 UNLV win over UTAH State 34-24 




MWC rivals will clash when the UNLV Rebels (3-1) meet the New Mexico Lobos (2-1) this Saturday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

 Danny Gonzales Lobos will go on the road to take on the hottest team in the Mountain West Conference, the UNLV-running rebels.  

The Lobos is coming off a 38-0 loss at LSU in front of over 100,000 fans, a game in which UNM struggled on offense to the tune of two first downs and 88 total yards.   

UNLV is coming off a 34-24 win at the home of defending Mountain West Champion Utah State, a game in which the Rebels forced six turnovers, including five interceptions of Logan Bonner

This should be a fun game to watch as one of the best offensive teams averaging 41.3 in the conference take on Rocky Long’s 3-3-5  

The Lobos, who were dead last in offensive production last year, has improved despite last week’s shutout at LSU. 

The Lobo last year lost to the Rebels 31-17, and this was Rebel head coach Marcus Arroyo‘s first win as head coach after losing 14 games in a row at home.  

UNLV is one of the hottest offenses in the Rebels, taking on the best defenses in the Mountain West Conference.

The Mountain West No. 1 scoring offense has been responsible for their best start since 2008.  

So, it is the battle between Lobos Defensive Coordinators Rocky Long’s 3-3-5 Defense versus Offensive Coordinators Nick Holtz for the most part.  

The Lobo defense vs. the UNLV offense certainly gets top billing here. “I think it’s a great matchup,” said head coach Danny Gonzales. “We have players in the secondary that are aggressive, and they have something to prove after Saturday. I know they are excited to go out there and compete, and I know that UNLV’s kids are excited to go out there and compete, so it will be a great opportunity.” 

This Lobo offense under the Offensive Coordinator scored 27.3 points per game before the LSU game and is hoping to get back in offensive rhythm against the Rebels.  

Because the game is played on Astroturf at Allegiant Stadium, look for a faster game, especially with the Lobo’s speedy running backs.  

 The Rebels enter the game ranked third in the turnover margin at +2.25 per game, recording ten takeaways (nine interceptions) and one fumble lost.  

The Lobos rank fifth nationally with +1,75 takeaways with 11 takeaways and four giveaways, so look for something to give with one of the teams.  

How the Lobos can come away from Sin City with a Victory!

– Rocky Long Defense will bring the heat. 

Offense wins games, Defense wins Championships, or so they say. This Lobo offense, minus last week’s LSU game, has played stellar.  

The New Mexico Lobos are ranked fourth in the Mountain West in total yards (355.5) and third in rushing yards per game (110.8). This Rocky Long defense has held their opponents to 14 or fewer points in three of the four games they have played.   

The New Mexico Lobos are playing outstanding Defense and seem to be learning what head Coach Danny Gonzales expects of them.  

They held UTEP to only 10 points two weeks ago; last week’s game was to be expected with a 35-point spread against SEC foe LSU. 

The Rebels like to run more than pass, which is ideal for the strength of the Lobos’s Defense at stopping the run.  

It’s the Lobo defense of old when Rocky Long was the head coach; players play physical, fly to the ball, and go through a brick wall for Danny Gonzales. There is no doubt the Lobos take great pride in making the other team feel every play and know they came to play this violent game called football.  

They limit opponents to 111 rushing yards per game, ranking them 37th in the FBS in rush defense. Also, I expect the Lobos offense to break out. They have played against solid defensive teams so far; however, the Rebels’ Defense can be solved. They have squandered at least 20 points in all four games, making it challenging to cover this significant 14-point spread. 

Look for Long to bring lots of blitzes that will counter this potent offense, and the UNLV backfield has taken some terrible negative plays, ranking in the bottom 20 in sacks and tackles for loss.  

That can be an issue against New Mexico, who has a formidable defensive line, top 20 in those same two metrics on the defensive side of the ball. 

 –  Lobo offense to finally break out.  

 At some point in the season, you expect this offense to have a breakout game where they can be less predictable, use the talent in the backfield, and have potent receivers who must score some points.  

The head coach made it noticeably clear at last week’s game, where LSU held the Lobos to just two first downs and 80 total yards; he told the offensive coordinator and staff in noticeably clear, concise terms, “It’s not good enough, it’s not good enough.”  

Coaches are pretty sharp and know what that means, especially in the world of college football; nothing personal, but we need performance to get better.  

So, this staff is highly motivated to get this Lobo offense going and open it up more. 

The Lobos offense is not often finding the end zone; they are averaging 20.5, 129.3 yards per rushing, ranking them 99th among D1 programs.  

It’s not like they don’t have the talent if one looks at the roster; between running backs, receivers, and the offensive line is looking stronger at this time of year.  

You have seen spurts of this during the season and in certain games; it’s just having not been in long enough spurts to score and give the Defense a rest.  

Offensive Coordinator Derek Warehime must be patient with his game plan to run the ball between the tackles, this is not the LSU defense front. 

And in saying that, knowing when to take your deep shots to your receiving core. The Lobos worked on this in spring ball, taking deep shots. 

That being said, what about your tight ends that were effective last year, know when to throw to them for chunks of yards. 

I think sometimes coaches forget who they have on their roster and why they were recruited to the team! 

–  Play a Smart football game on the road 

The Lobos must continue to play smart football, especially on the road in a hostile environment there at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

There is just something about playing on the road in a loud setting, with the distractions of Las Vegas, where young athletes can be less than focused.  

The Lobo staff must do all they can to keep these young men focused on winning their first conference, Mountain West Conference football game.  

Every penalty on the road also seems to be magnified much more, and its effects on the game. Competent football teams that play well and minimize mistakes tend to come out with more wins than losses.  

No blocked punts, off-sides, holding calls, or personal fouls can take big chunks of yards backward.  

It seems that it’s just a culmination of small things during a competitive football game that can determine the game’s outcome.  

When you are the visiting team, there has to be a combined effort by the entire team not to beat themselves by silly fouls and make your opponent put them in a position to win the game.  


 This game is crucial to the Lobos, or if you ever had a game that you need some serious incentive, this is the game. The Lobos still have only one loss and can go bowling this year if they can right the ship and get more balanced on both sides of the ball.

 This UNLV Lobo game is always a tremendous competitive match; you can see years of games proving this. My prediction is that this Defense that has been stellar against the run will once again stop a rushing attack or at least minimize it, and you can get there will be lots of Lobos behind the line of scrimmage; watch for the pressure to come. 

With that being said, the Lobo offense scores but doesn’t have to score many points with this Defense to get the Lobos’s first Mountain West victory for 2022 for head coach Danny Gonzales and the entire Lobo football team. 

UNM 34, UNLV 31


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UNLV vs New Mexico Prediction, Game Preview

UNLV vs New Mexico game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 5 game on Friday, September 30

UNLV vs New Mexico prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 5, Friday, September 30

UNLV vs New Mexico How To Watch

Date: Friday, September 30
Game Time: 11:00 pm ET
Venue: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
How To Watch: CBS Sports Network
Record: UNLV (3-1), New Mexico (2-2)
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UNLV vs New Mexico Game Preview

Why New Mexico Will Win

Start with this – the Lobos are scoring a bit.

They couldn’t do it in the loss to LSU last week, but compared to last year when there was no offense at all as the season went on, at least the attack put up some points over the first three games including a 27-10 win over a UTEP team that stunned Boise State.

The big mistakes aren’t there with just four turnovers on the year – oddly enough, they came in the two wins and there weren’t any giveaways in the two loss – and the defensive front is just disruptive enough to matter.

There’s a pass rush, and it’s going to be a pain against a UNLV offensive line that allows way too many plays in the backfield.

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Why UNLV Will Win

The Rebels are playing really, really well.

New Mexico might not be screwing up, but UNLV is really limiting the mistakes with just one lonely interception against Cal as the only turnover so far.

There’s a steady passing game with QB Doug Brumfield doing a nice job of keeping the O moving – he’s taking the throws that are there – and the running game is working just enough to carry its share of the weight. It might not be consistent, but it’s not bad.

The offense has been a pleasant surprise, and the defense has been a total stunner.

The run defense leads the Mountain West, it’s allowing under three yards per carry, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Oh yeah, and that improved New Mexico offense … it’s the second-worst in American in yards per game.

The Lobos aren’t going to be able to run a lick, but the defense will do just enough to keep the somewhat balanced Rebel attack from going off.

Brumfield won’t light up the New Mexico secondary, but he’ll be good enough. Just a few scoring drives in the first half will get this done.

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UNLV vs New Mexico Prediction, Line

UNLV 31, New Mexico 17
Line: UNLV -14.5, o/u: 43
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
UNLV vs New Mexico Must See Rating (out of 5): 2

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New Mexico at UNLV: Keys to A Rebels Win , How to Watch, Odds, Prediction

Fresh off a win against defending Mountain West Conference Champion Utah State, the UNLV Rebels face the New Mexico Lobos aiming for the Rebels’ third win in a row Contact/Follow @MWCwire UNLV welcomes the Lobos to Allegiant Stadium WEEK 5: New …

Fresh off a win against defending Mountain West Conference Champion Utah State, the UNLV Rebels face the New Mexico Lobos aiming for the Rebels’ third win in a row

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UNLV welcomes the Lobos to Allegiant Stadium

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WEEK 5: New Mexico Lobos at UNLV Rebels

WHERE: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

WHEN: Friday, September 30, 2022 – 11:00pm EST (8:00pm PST)

TV: CBS Sports Network 

STREAMING: Fans can sign up to receive a free one-week trial of Fubo, by following this link.

RADIO: ESPN 1100AM & 100.9 FM

SERIES RECORD: This will be the 26th meeting between UNLV and Utah State. The Rebels have won 13 of the last 25 matchups. It will be Lobos’ first game in Allegiant Stadium.

WEBSITES: golobos.com/sports/football is the official University of New Mexico Football website | unlvrebels.com is the University of Nevada Las Vegas official website.

GAME NOTES (PDF): New Mexico | UNLV (not available at time of writing)

ODDS: UNLV Rebels -14.5

SP+ PROJECTION: UNLV Rebels by 13.2



UNLV will host the New Mexico Lobos this Friday night, in a Mountain West Conference game that both teams will look to build upon. For the Lobos, the game will be a chance to avenge last season’s 31-17 loss in Albuquerque as they resume conference play. And as the Rebels look for their third win in a row, this contest represents an opportunity to pick up their second conference win (matching last year’s total, in only their fifth game of the season) in front of their hometown fans.

In his press conference this week, Head Coach Marcus Arroyo talked about last week’s win and all the positives a win here can bring, and the momentum that would only grow in the excitement. “Our guys are feeding off this energy right now, home and away. Our guys fed off last week’s energy at their place (at Utah State), and I think getting our fans and our students and our community and everybody involved at Allegiant (Stadium) Friday night would be such an awesome thing,” Arroyo said. Arroyo and the Rebels clearly recognize what this type of success can mean, not only for this season, but for a city that so much wants to be a “sports town”. UNLV is seeing itself in the midst of a great start to the season, one that could mean so much more into the future, for the team and Las Vegas at large.

The Rebels are 2-0 at Allegiant Stadium so far this year, having defeated Idaho State and North Texas. The team has shown poise in not only embracing the role as a favorite in these games, games they were expected to win, but also in executing on the field and securing the victory. Across all phases, UNLV has made dramatic improvement and the results are clear in this early stage of the season.

How big is the improvement? Comparing last year to this year (thus far), the Rebels have gone from 111th in scoring offense to 25th (tied with Oregon). Total offense finished 119th; UNLV is currently 51st, gaining 439.2 yards per game. Defensively, the Rebels have risen from 88th in total defense to 69th. And UNLV was ranked 107th in scoring defense last year; they are now 58th, allowing 23.00 points per game. That kind of positive change, in just one offseason, is a credit to the UNLV coaches and players that now take their talents into Allegiant Stadium to face the New Mexico Lobos. And for the Rebels to continue their winning ways, there are a few keys to win:

UNLV’s Offense vs New Mexico’s Defense

New Mexico’s defense will be the most competitive one this Rebels offense will have faced this season. The Lobos enter this contest ranked 41st in total defense, allowing 330.5 yards per game. And while that defense will be coming in on a short week, after having faced the LSU Tigers for 80 plays in Baton Rouge on Saturday night, UNLV can expect a stout effort in Allegiant Stadium this Friday.

One of the many keys to success this season for the Rebels has been their success on first down. Aidan Robbins and Doug Brumfield have become the running force behind a solid offensive line that has opened up the rushing attack, which in turn sets up their passing game. Expect the Lobos will stack the box on the first and second downs, playing close to the line of scrimmage, in order to stifle that success. And from the Rebels’ perspective, expect UNLV to utilize more short passes or even take shots downfield, similar to how this offense played against North Texas in Week 3.

Although Jeff Weimer will be out for this game, and Kyle Williams is considered day-to-day, expect UNLV to remain aggressive in its passing game. Ricky White will be looking to add to his 317 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Nick Williams and Senika McKie should also see increased time on the field if Kyle Williams is unable to go.

Maintain the Defensive Momentum

Last week against Utah State, the Rebels played an outstanding defensive game, picking up six turnovers and stopping the Aggies offense on fourth down twice. Statistically the game may not have been impressive – UNLV still gave up more than 400 yards of offense – but much of the opponent’s success was after the game was well in hand for UNLV, as the Rebels were up by two scores since early in the second quarter and did not look back.

The Rebels will likely look to improve those results this Friday, against the 130th ranked total offense. Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week Austin Ajiake will lead an aggressive front seven, one that will need to remain disciplined against New Mexico’s option-based offense. The Lobos will look to establish the run and control the pace of the game through time of possession. And if the Rebels can force New Mexico into long conversions, something they have struggled with mightily, UNLV’s chances to win will rise exponentially.

Finish the 4th Quarter

Another point Coach Arroyo made in his press conference was a need to finish in the fourth quarter, to not let their opponents back into contention, especially when the Rebels have built significant leads in the first half. Last week against Utah State, UNLV relied once again on its physical running game and featured running back Aidan Robbins to maintain their lead in the second half. Robbins scored on a five-yard run early in the third quarter and then helped pick up a crucial first down late in the fourth quarter to take more time off the clock in the midst as Utah State tried in vain to draw closer.

It’s still early in the season, but thus far we have not seen the Rebels fade late in games or give up many big plays to their opponents. On the contrary, this team is proving it can play for 60 minutes, as the Rebels have given up only fifteen points in the fourth quarter through four games.


UNLV is a significant favorite in this game, and rightfully so. UNLV is playing its best football in recent memory and from the coaches to the players, there is a measured expectation that none of the accomplishments thus far are to be taken for granted. By all indications, this Rebels team is focused and ready to match up with a determined New Mexico squad. Coach Arroyo, in his weekly press conference, added, “You’re the favorite…. When you know you’re going in and you’re expected to win, there’s a change there.” And it’s a change the Rebels community is welcoming with open arms.

Expect UNLV to be decisive on offense early, whether it be with their power running game or getting receivers in space to open up the Lobos defense and adjust quickly to emphasize what’s working early and take the lead. On defense, the Rebels will look to stop New Mexico’s option game and, on the heels of last week’s six takeaways, to be creative to force turnovers and leave the offense in good field position for much of the day.

It may be noteworthy that the home team in this series has lost the last five matchups, including UNLV’s win last year in New Mexico. Expect that trend to end and the Rebels to get the victory versus an opponent that will be unable to keep pace in Las Vegas. 

UNLV 47, New Mexico 13

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Mountain West Football: MWwire’s Players Of The Month For August/September

Our staff makes its picks for the Mountain West’s top performers in the first month of the 2022 football season.

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Mountain West Football: MWwire’s Players Of The Month For August/September

Our staff makes its picks for the Mountain West’s top performers in the first month of the 2022 season.

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A cut above the rest.

Special Teams Player of August and September

5. Christian Washington, New Mexico (21 points)

The true freshman from San Diego generated a lot of buzz throughout fall camp and he’s brought that onto the field as part of the Lobos’ running back committee and as a kick returner. He averaged 37.4 yards per kick return in four games and returned one from his own end zone for a touchdown against Boise State.

4. Terrell Vaughn, Utah State (23 points)

Vaughn has started to make more noise as a pass catcher in recent weeks, but his biggest contribution to the Aggies in this early season was on special teams. Like Washington, he also hit the afterburners for a long touchdown against Weber State in Week 2 and averaged 35.4 yards on five total returns.

3. Aaron Rodriguez, New Mexico (29 points)

Still among the busiest punters in the country, Rodriguez has taken a step forward with that big workload. He currently ranks first in the Mountain West and 11th among FBS punters with an average of 46 yards per punt, including ten kicks of 50 or more yards and eight which were dropped inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

2. John Hoyland, Wyoming (37 points)

Hoyland has put last year’s disappointing campaign behind him and, incredibly, connected on more field goals in the first five games of this season than he had in all of 2021. His 12 field goals on 13 tries are three more than any other kicker in the country and that includes a critical 55-yarder against Tulsa.

1. Jordan Byrd, San Diego State (40 points)

Our staff’s preseason pick to be the conference’s special teams player of the year hasn’t let us down and he certainly hasn’t let Aztecs fans down so far in 2022. Byrd had a punt return touchdown against Idaho State in Week 2 and averaged 24 yards per kick return on seven opportunities, doing a lot of heavy lifting to help San Diego State maintain the field position advantage which made last year so successful.

Week 5 Mountain West Football: Best Bets

Week 5 of Mountain West play starts and we head into conference play. Take a look at picks for the week and place your bets accordingly.

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Week 5 Mountain West Football: Best Bets

A look at the Mountain West betting odds for Week 5

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What are the oddsmakers saying about these match ups?

Late in the week we will look at odds and recent lines and make our best picks and bets. Odds courtesy of Vegas Insider and inputted at time of writing.

The Mountain West struggled in non-conference play, but now we’re heading towards conference play every week. We are 22-23 on picks for the year after going 6-3 in this past week. Going into conference play looks to have helped even us out a little bit.

Utah State @ #19 BYU (-24, O/U 60)

You can never really know what is going to happen in a rivalry matchup. But the over feels like a decent take right here. The over hasn’t hit in any of Utah State’s games so far this year, but it feels right for it to hit in this game. The Cougars are showing they’re a top team and probably will cover, but the Aggies might have a say in that.

Pick: Over

San Diego State @ Boise State (-6, O/U 39)

Besides the services academies and the Nevada @ Iowa game a couple weeks ago, I don’t think I’ve seen a total this low before. But it makes sense with two defensive teams facing off. And the under is very much in play for the game as well. Neither team has an effective offense, so the game may be won on a defensive score.

Pick: Under

New Mexico @ UNLV (-14.5, O/U 43)

UNLV has been the surprise team of the conference so far this year. The trunaround they’ve shown so far this year has been fantastic to watch. The Rebels are looking to go 2-0 to start conference play and they just might cover while they do it. The Lobos have struggled offensively and the Rebels will take advantage of that.

Pick: UNLV -14.5

Navy @ Air Force (-14, O/U 37.5)

Navy finally got a win this season after beating East Carolina in double overtime last week. Air Force recovered after stumbling against Wyoming with a dominating performance against Nevada. The Falcons have been on an incredible roll so far and they look to add a Commander-in-Chief trophy to their cabinet.

Pick: Air Force -14

Fresno State @ UCONN (-24 O/U 52.5)

Well isn’t this the Mountain West trap game of the week when it comes to betting. Fresno State has lost two in a row but is still managing close to 500 yards a game on offense. But they are giving up just over 400 yards a game on defense. The Huskies have their own struggles, but they should be able to put up enough points to help the over.

Pick: Over

San Jose State @ Wyoming (+3, O/U 42)

The under is absolutely in play here as well. But the Spartans have the momentum on their side after a 34-6 demolishing of Western Michigan last week. The Cowboys will look to recover after losing to BYU but it might not be enough this week. San Jose State is close to being 3-0 and will show why this week.

Pick: San Jose State -3

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