CSU: Quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt leads the MWC in total yards
and is second in passing. Guard Albert Bimper is doubtful to play
for the second straight week after suffering a shoulder and neck
injury. Wide receiver David Anderson needs 45 yards to break the
CSU single-season record for receiving yards.
UNLV: The Rebels were shut out for the first time since 1999 two
weeks ago in a 7-0 loss to San Diego State. Quarterback Kurt
Nanktes was ineffective with an injured groin and was lifted for
true freshman Shane Steichen.
CSU: Running back Jimmy Green’s 46-yard touchdown run against
SDSU should give him significant playing time. Senior Rahsaan
Sanders should start. The Rams’ most effective rusher is Van Pelt,
who has run for 778 yards this season.
UNLV: Running back Larry Croom ran all over CSU for 222 yards
last season. However, he has only run for more than 100 yards once
since suffering an injury against Kansas early in the season.
CSU: The Rams are hurting at the linebacker. Jahmal Hall and
Eric Pauly are out, and Courtney Jones may not play. Drew Wood will
play on a separated shoulder and Adam Lancicero will get his first
start. The Rams had their best defensive performance against SDSU,
giving up six points and scoring on a Ben Stratton
UNLV: Strong safety Jamaal Brimmer has nine turnovers, including
five interceptions. UNLV has only allowed two 100-yard rushers this
season. But the Rebels have the worst passing defense in the MWC,
giving up 229 yards passing per game.
CSU: Dexter Wynn is second in the MWC in punt returns, averaging
11.5 yards per return. Kicker Jeff Babcock has been up and down
with field goals, but is 8-for-8 on the road this season. He
averages 42 yards per punt.
UNLV: The Rebels are 14th in the nation in punt returns but
115th in kickoff returns. Punter Gary Cook’s 43.5-yard average per
punt is 16th in the nation. Kicker Dillon Pieffer is 15-for-19 on
field goals this season.
Our Pick: Rams 31, UNLV 14