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UNLV Football: The Rebels welcome 2–1 North Texas in the last game before conference play

Eugene Adams

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Is UNLV Football better, worse, or the same as last season?

It’s impossible to know for sure, but there have been some encouraging signs. Facing off with a bowl team from last season should tell us a lot about the 2022 Rebels. 

North Texas

North Texas finished last season 6–7, which was good enough to make a bowl game. Though the season is young, they’ve experienced several ups and downs. 

  • (W) 31–13 At UTEP
  • (L) 10–48 Vs. SMU
  • (W) 59–27 Vs. Texas Southern

The Mean Green come into the game with a formidable rushing attack. They are currently 18th in the nation in rushing yards per game with 237.7. That success in the run game allows them to use play action to generate big plays in the passing game. They are currently 8th nationally in yards per completion (15.89). 

“With the way we’ve run the ball and how we do it, you’re going to get added hats in the box and when teams do that you have to be able to take advantage of stuff down the field. We’re not dink-and-dunk either. It’s not Air Raid stuff like I’ve done in the past. It’s our identity now and that’s what we have to take advantage of.”-Coach Seth Littrell

UNLV

Early in the 2022 season, the Rebels tasted both success and failure. They opened the season with a win at home, followed by a tough road loss last week. 

Conference play will determine the success or failure of the season. That makes this an important game because it’s the last opportunity to work out the kinks before conference play starts. 

Interesting Facts

  • UNLV leads the all-time series 4–1 over North Texas
  • The last time the two teams met, North Texas beat UNLV 38–14 in the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl
  • Current University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk was formerly the president at UNLV

Game Information

Date and Time:

Saturday, September 17th at 12 pm

Location:

Allegiant Stadium

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