UNLV vs. Colorado State Week 8 Preview 

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Vincent Davis Jr. carries ball against Wolf Pack. Photo by Kalin Sipes.

The UNLV Homecoming Football game is on Oct 21. and the UNLV Rebels will face off against the Colorado State Rams. The Rebels are currently 5-1 and, with one more win they will be bowl-eligible for the first time in nearly a decade.

UNLV is second in the Mountain West after defeating UNR 45-27 and taking home the Freemont Cannon.

Some Rebels to look out for this weekend are running back Donavyn Lester, who had three touchdowns and rushed for 99 yards against the Wolf Pack and quarterback Jayden Maiava, who led the Rebels to victory throwing for two touchdowns. Maiava’s favorite target is wide receiver Ricky White who played a key factor in the Week 7 matchup against Reno with two touchdowns and 166 receiving yards at Reno. 

At the weekly press conference, UNLV Head Coach Barry Odom reflected on the Rebels upcoming challenges at this weekend’s game.

“His team plays hard; they’re tough physically,” Odom said. “The way they came back and won the game the other night, playmakers all over the field make you defend every inch of the field. So we’ve got a tremendous amount of work.” 

The Colorado State Rams are 3-3 and sixth in the Mountain West. The Rams are coming off a comeback victory against Boise State; they bounced back from being down 30-10 and won 31-30.

The Ram’s quarterback, Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi, is the player from Colorado who will be one of the biggest challenges Vegas faces this weekend. Fowler-Nicolosi was named freshman of the week, led the team with 359 passing yards, and threw three touchdowns against the Broncos. 

The Scarlet and Gray Free Press contacted Colorado State sports media students Leah Cackowski and Mike Walsh to discuss what players to watch in the match. 

“The most obvious one is Tory Horton. I mean, the dude is just a baller if you look at some of his stat lines just this year…He’s put up 16 catches for over 200 yards and three touchdowns. I mean, very few receivers in the country are doing that in college football, so he’s an obvious one,” said Walsh. Horton had 130 receiving yards and led the Rams in receiving yards against Boise State. 

“For the first time in a long time, we have a lot of depth on offense and defense. Mohammed Kamara… is leading the country in sacks,” said Cackowski. Kamara has 26 tackles and nine and a half sacks in the 2023 season. 

The Rebels kickoff their homecoming football game against Colorado State at 4 p.m. at Allegiant Stadium. 

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