When UNLV football got off to a 4–1 start, there was a lot of excitement among the fan base. After 3 straight losses, that excitement has died down.
Even if UNLV doesn't win another game this season, they will still double their win total from last season. Obviously, that would feel like a disappointment after the fast start.
So what can UNLV do to finish the season on a high note?
I, for one, think that a bowl appearance would be exciting for fans after years of struggle.
Is bowl eligibility a realistic goal for this team?
I think yes, and here's why.
After 3 straight tough losses, including the Notre Dame game, the schedule gets easier from here.
- San Diego State (4–3)
- Fresno State (3–4)
- Hawaii (2–6)
- Nevada (2–6)
I'm not a betting man, but if I were, I would bet on UNLV getting bowl eligible. Three of their last four opponents have a losing record. The two games at the end against 2–6 Hawaii and Nevada look especially winnable.
But the record isn't the only reason for optimism. UNLV is unquestionably a better team with Doug Brumfield and Aidan Robbins on the field.
Brumfield is still in concussion protocol but should be returning soon. It's nice to see UNLV putting his health first and taking things slow with him. We don't want to see another situation similar to what happened to Tua.
Robbins is recovering from a knee injury. It's not clear exactly how close he is to returning to play, but indications are that he isn't far.
Both Brumfield and Robbins should return at some point this season. With their dynamic duo back, UNLV is a virtual lock to get to at least 6–6. But, with Brumfield and Robbins, 7–5 or 8–4 are real possibilities.