What To Watch For in Idaho vs UNLV

Here are my Rebels keys to victory verses the Vandals.

Here are my Rebels key to victory in their game against the Idaho Vandals. 1. Johnny Stanton needs to get on track. When the Rebels play well, like they did verses Jackson St. and for three and half quarters against UCLA Stanton was playing well. But when he hasn't played well, like against Central Michigan and at times against the Bruins, the Rebel offense stalled and was ineffective. Stanton needs to be decisive with his throws and get the ball out quickly to his receivers. 2. The receivers need to catch the ball. There has been 10+ drops by Rebels receivers the past two games which has led to the Rebels offense to face 3rd and longs or forced to punt. In order for the offense to get going, Boyd, Woods Jr and Stevenson need to step up and make the plays they are capable of and expected to make. 3. The defensive line needs to create pressure. The Rebels were the worst team in the FBS last season with under 10 sacks for the season, so far this season hasn't been better. The Rebels lack of pass rush has put the defensive backs in a no win situation being forced to cover the opposing receivers for longer then 5 seconds. Even if they are not sacking the quarterback, hitting him and putting him on his back will create opportunities for the defense to force turnovers. 4. Better CB play. The Rebels defensive backs will for the second time be playing with their projected starters on the field at the same time to start a game. The communication has to improve between the corners and safeties and the corners need to show better ball skills so they can create turnovers. 5. Be more disciplined on both sides of the ball. UNLV has cost themselves big plays and shots themselves in the foot too many times this season. Last week in the first half alone the Rebels had 6 penalties for 65 yards. In order to play at a high level the Rebels need to eliminate the penalties and costly turnovers. I fully expect UNLV to come away with a victory against the Vandals and in a big way. Tony Sanchez and his staff are not happy with the way they played last week and will take out their frustrations on Idaho. It wouldn't surprise me if UNLV put 70 points on the Vandals and go into conference play 2-2 with the Homecoming game against Fresno St. next week. null

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