College Football Betting: UNLV at Northern Illinois

College Football Betting:  UNLV at Northern Illinois

When Bobby Hauck was hired as head coach of UNLV I told anyone that would listen that he was the last hope to bring football relevance to the program for the foreseeable future. After a tease that the program was heading in the right direction in 2013 which included the first winning record for the season in over the decade it was the same old same old in 2014. The Rebels finished 2-11 with their only wins at home over Fresno State and Northern Colorado.

UNLV football may have ‘thrown in the towel’. After Hauck stepped down, the school tabbed a local high school football coaching legend to take over. Tony Sanchez built a monster of a football program at Bishop Gorman but how much of that can translate to the next level? At the very least, the Las Vegas market–usually apathetic about UNLV football–is paying attention. That might have been as much of Sanchez’s appeal as his coaching prowess.

Sanchez will be given plenty of time to rebuild. It’s not like the football coaching world is knocking down the UNLV Athletic Department’s door hoping to get the gig. While I usually don’t like the ‘hire a local coaching legend’ move Sanchez could be an exception. Six state championships is no joke even in lightly populated Nevada. He’s popular in the community and that helps but how will he do with everything else required of a college football coach? Stay tuned…

At any rate, if Sanchez can keep UNLV even remotely competitive in this game he’s a miracle worker. Northern Illinois is a decent program coming off of back to back 11 win seasons. With the exception of a brief ray of home during Hauck’s regime, UNLV has been a horrible road bet. They’ve failed to cover 8 of the last 9 non-conference games away from Southern Nevada. Before an 8-4 ATS run over the last three seasons under Hauck they were 5-20 ATS on the road.