Preseason publications see cellar-dwelling period for UNLV football

The college football preview magazines are clear concerning their expectations for UNLV this season.

Of the 6 major publications, 5 forecast the Rebels to finish last in the West Division. Just Lindy’s holds some wish for the home town team, anticipating a fourth-place finish.

So it won’ $ t be a shock if UNLV is selected last in the West when the conference preseason poll is exposed Tuesday morning as Mountain West media days begin at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Low expectations are hardly a surprise to those who even from another location follow the Rebels. First-year coach Tony Sanchez has brought a lot of pizzazz to the program, however what he does not have– in the meantime, at least– is a solid complement of gamers.

That’s what happens when a program is coming off its 8th two-victory season in 11 years. A turn-around might happen under Sanchez, however he’ $ ll most likely need time to pull it off. His job this period is made even harder by a schedule that opens at Northern Illinois on Sept. 5 and is followed by a home game against UCLA and a trip to Michigan.

He’ $ s aiming to attend to the program’ $ s drawbacks, and has actually protected eight dedications for the 2016 recruiting class, adding two more in current days.

Quarterback Jack Hillside of Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix committed Monday. Smith (6 feet 1 inch, 185 pounds) passed for 4,052 backyards the past two seasons, with 46 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions.

He singled out Sanchez, offending organizer Barney Cotton and quarterbacks coach Ron O’Dell as crucial factors for selecting the Rebels.

“That’s something that could not be neglected for a player preparing for his future,” Smith stated. “People make a terrific program. It was a chance I couldn’t decline.”

Likewise, protective end Rodney Jones (6-4, 225) of Lincoln High in Stockton, Calif., dedicated to the Rebels, according to Rivals.com.

Those players assist represent UNLV’ $ s future. Today and Wednesday at The Cosmo have to do with the present, and if the voting by Mountain West media reflects the numerous magazines, it’s clear which teams will be the favorites.

Defending conference champion Boise State is selected in all six publications to win the Mountain Division, and San Diego State is the unanimous option to take the West.

The Mountain Department is the more foreseeable side amongst the publications, with Utah State and Colorado State consensus options to finish second and third, respectively. Flying force, Wyoming and New Mexico are expected to occupy the bottom half of the division, the order differing by magazine.

There isn’ $ t nearly the same consensus in the West aside from San Diego State. UNR is chosen to finish 2nd by 4 publications, third by Sporting News and fifth by Lindy’ $ s. Fresno State and San Jose State likewise are competitors to complete in the top half.

UNLV is expected to battle Hawaii to stay out of the cellar.

Contact Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com!.?.! or 702-387-2914. Follow him: @markanderson65.

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