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UNLV vs. Boise State: Broncos take on lurking Rebels

The Boise State Broncos host the 1-6 UNLV Rebels that fell short of pulling off the upset victory against Nevada last week.

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While the UNLV Rebels' 1-6 record isn't impressive, the potential to upset the Boise State Broncos on Saturday could be there.

But finishing games seems to be the one problem the Rebels have yet to figure out, as they come off a 42-37 loss to the MWC-leading Nevada Wolfpack this week after blowing a 17-point halftime lead.

Boise State will face an offense that is capable of keeping up with teams behind quarterback Nick Sherry's 1771 passing yards and running back Tim Cornett's 747 rush yards and 5.1 per carry average. Sherry has big plays of 40 or more yards in six of UNLV's seven games thus far.

However, it's on the defensive side of the ball that gives the heavy edge to the Broncos. The Rebels give up 36 points per game to Boise State's 14.7. That should be enough to give Joe Southwick and D.J. Harper the ability to find a more consistent offensive attack than they've been able find so far this season.