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UNLV vs. Michigan Game Preview: How to Watch, Score Prediction and More

Everything you need to know about Michigan's matchup with the Rebels can be found here, along with making YOUR own score predictions.

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The Michigan Wolverines (1-1) will take on the UNLV Rebels (0-2) on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor following last week's rout of Oregon State.

For the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era, Michigan will have a chance to build a win streak and keep improving in week three. Sure, it's a baby step, but you have to crawl before you can walk.

The run game rebounded nicely in week two's victory and the Wolverines should be able to keep trucking along against a team that should not pose much of a threat defensively.

The Rebels are led by first-year head coach Tony Sanchez, who made the leap from high school to Division-I football. Sanchez built Las Vegas Bishop Gorman into the powerhouse program it is today and UNLV rolled the dice on him to run their football team. It's a very unique story and one that looks like it is already paying dividends, but they just are not good enough to come into the Big House and cause trouble.

Quarterback is a big concern for UNLV with starter Blake Decker being sidelined with a lower-body injury. Kurt Palandech will likely get the start, which is good news for the Wolverines. In last week's loss to UCLA, Palandech completed only 4-of-15 passes for four yards and an interception. Wide receiver Devonte Boyd had 65 catches for the Rebels last season as a freshman, but he is their lone threat in the passing game.

Offensively, the Wolverines should be able to shred UNLV. The run game is improved, but still has work to do and the Rebels will likely be the ones who get worked. There will be opportunities for chunk yardage in the passing attack as well, so seeing if Jake Rudock can be efficient with the football and make good reads will be something to keep an eye on.

Michigan is a 34-point favorite in this game as of this writing. They should have no problem covering that. I have the Wolverines winning 45-10.

You can now predict the score of the game using the widget below!

Game Info

Teams: UNLV vs. Michigan

Date: September 19th, 2015

Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET

Television: Big Ten Network/BTN2Go

Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network (for a list of affiliates, click here)

Spread: Michigan -34

Fun Facts

  • This is the first ever meeting between UNLV and Michigan in football.
  • Michigan is 4-1 against the Mountain West since the conference's inception in 1999.
  • Overall, Michigan is 7-0 against teams currently in the conference.

Hitting the Links: MnB's UNLV vs. Michigan Coverage

9-18: Maize n Brew Staff Roundtable: UNLV Week

9-17: Michigan vs. UNLV Matchups to Watch

9-17: Behind Enemy Lines Q&A: Mountain West Connection

9-17: Lock 'Em Up: Best Bets For Week Three

9-16: Week Three College Football TV Schedule

9-16: Getting to Know Week Three's Opponent: The UNLV Rebels

9-15: The Michigan Man Podcast: UNLV Preview w/ Rebels Radio Voice Russ Langer and TheWolverine.com's Chris Balas

9-15: Big Ten Odds: Wolverines Holding First Half Value

9-14: Michigan Opens as Nearly Five-Touchdown Favorite vs. UNLV

9-14: Harbaugh Anticipates Big Role for Drake Johnson

Week Three College Football TV Schedule

Thu, Sept 17, 2015
7:30 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
(11) Clemson at Louisville
Fri, Sept 18, 2015
8:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
(9) Florida State at Boston College
9:00 PM ET
CBSS
Idaho State at Boise State
10:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
New Mexico at Arizona State
Sat, Sept 19, 2015
12:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Savannah State at Akron
12:00 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
South Florida at Maryland
12:00 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
UNLV at Michigan
12:00 PM ET
ABC
Air Force at (4) Michigan State
12:00 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
Kent State at Minnesota
12:00 PM ET
Buffalo at Florida Atlantic
12:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Nevada at (17) Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
Illinois at North Carolina
12:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
Connecticut at (22) Missouri
12:00 PM ET
CBSS
Wake Forest at Army
12:00 PM ET
FS1 FoxSportsGo
Tulsa at (16) Oklahoma
12:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Central Michigan at Syracuse
12:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
(23) Northwestern at Duke
2:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Georgia State at (12) Oregon
2:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Southeastern Louisiana at Ohio
2:30 PM ET
Rice at North Texas
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Temple at Massachusetts
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Ball State at Eastern Michigan
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Memphis at Bowling Green
3:00 PM ET
FSNFoxSportsGo
Louisiana Tech at Kansas State
3:30 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
Troy at (24) Wisconsin
3:30 PM ET
ABC/ESPN2WatchESPN
Northern Illinois at (1) Ohio State
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Cincinnati at Miami (OH)
3:30 PM ET
CBSS
East Carolina at Navy
3:30 PM ET
Norfolk State at Marshall
3:30 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
Texas-San Antonio at (25) Oklahoma State
3:30 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
William & Mary at Virginia
3:30 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
Virginia Tech at Purdue
3:30 PM ET
NBCNBC Sports Live Extra
(14) Georgia Tech at (8) Notre Dame
3:30 PM ET
ABC/ESPN2WatchESPN
Nebraska at Miami (FL)
3:30 PM ET
CBSSEC Live
(18) Auburn at (13) LSU
4:00 PM ET
Northwestern State at Mississippi State
4:00 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Austin Peay at Vanderbilt
4:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
Western Kentucky at Indiana
5:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Wofford at Idaho
5:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Utah State at Washington
6:00 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
South Carolina at (7) Georgia
6:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
The Citadel at Georgia Southern
6:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Furman at UCF
6:00 PM ET
North Carolina Central at FIU
7:00 PM ET
Charlotte at Middle Tennessee
7:00 PM ET
Southern Miss at Texas State
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Murray State at Western Michigan
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Missouri State at Arkansas State
7:00 PM ET
ESPN2WatchESPN
Texas Tech at Arkansas
7:00 PM ET
ESPNUWatchESPN
Western Carolina at Tennessee
7:00 PM ET
NC State at Old Dominion
7:00 PM ET
CBSS
Colorado vs.
(Denver, CO)
Colorado State
7:30 PM ET
SECNWatchESPN
Florida at Kentucky
7:30 PM ET
FOXFoxSportsGo
Cal at Texas
8:00 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
Rutgers at Penn State
8:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State
8:00 PM ET
ESPN3WatchESPN
Maine at Tulane
8:00 PM ET
South Alabama at San Diego State
8:00 PM ET
BTNBTN2Go
Pittsburgh at Iowa
8:00 PM ET
ABC
Stanford at (6) USC
8:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
San Jose State at Oregon State
8:00 PM ET
FSNFoxSportsGo
SMU at (3) TCU
8:00 PM ET
ESPNNWatchESPN
Iowa State at Toledo
8:30 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Wyoming at Washington State
9:15 PM ET
ESPNWatchESPN
(15) Mississippi at (2) Alabama
10:30 PM ET
FS1FoxSportsGo
(22) BYU at (10) UCLA
10:30 PM ET
CBSS
(21) Utah at Fresno State
11:00 PM ET
PAC12Pac-12 Live
Northern Arizona at (20) Arizona
11:59 PM ET
UC Davis at Hawaii