In-state bragging will be on the line when the Nevada Wolf Pack and the UNLV Rebels battle for the Fremont Cannon on Friday night at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nev. The teams have split the last eight meetings, but the Wolf Pack won last year, 37-19, in Las Vegas. This year Nevada (5-2, 2-1 in Mountain West Conference) enters the game off a 34-32 loss at Fresno State. Meanwhile UNLV (0-7, 0-3) is on a 13-game losing streak. The winner of Friday's game receives the Fremont Cannon, which is a replica of a 19th-century Howitzer cannon and is the largest rivalry trophy in college football

Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. The Wolf Pack are 20-point favorites in the latest Nevada vs. UNLV odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 58.5. Before making any UNLV vs. Nevada picks, be sure to see the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.

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Now the model has dialed in on Nevada vs. UNLV and just revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see all of the model's CFB picks. Now, here are the college football odds and trends for UNLV vs. Nevada:  

  • Nevada vs. UNLV spread: Wolf Pack -20
  • Nevada vs. UNLV over-under: 58.5 points 
  • Nevada vs. UNLV money line: Wolf Pack -1400, Rebels +800
  • NEV: The Wolf Pack rank third in the country in passing yards per game (379.4) 
  • UNLV: RB Charles Williams averages 102.7 rushing yards per game this season, which is second in the conference
Featured Game | Nevada Wolf Pack vs. UNLV Rebels

Why Nevada can cover

Quarterback Carson Strong has had a prolific start to the season. A 6-foot-4 junior from Vacaville, Calif., Strong leads the conference and ranks fourth in the FBS in passing yards per game (352.3). Strong and the Nevada passing attack have a terrific matchup facing the UNLV pass defense. The Wolf Pack lead the Mountain West and rank third in the country in passing yards per game (379.4). That bodes well against a Rebels pass defense that coughs up 287.1 passing yards per game; just seven FBS teams allow more.

In addition, receiver Romeo Doubs is coming off a career game. A 6-foot-2 senior from Los Angeles, Doubs tied a program record with 19 receptions at Fresno State on Oct. 23. He also had a season-high 203 yards and one touchdown. On the season he ranks third in conference and ninth in the country in receptions per game (7.5).

Why UNLV can cover

The offense has done an excellent job of converting when it gets into the red zone. UNLV has scored on 90.9 percent of its red zone possessions this season (12 touchdowns and eight field goals in 22 possessions). That conversion rate leads the Mountain West and ranks 23rd in the country.

In addition, the Rebels have a history of success against Nevada in Reno. UNLV has won three of its last four trips to Reno, including the most recent -- a 33-30 overtime decision in 2019. Williams, who ranks second in the conference in rushing yards per game (102.7), ran for 138 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in that win.

How to make Nevada vs. UNLV picks

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 63 points. It also has an against-the-spread pick that cashes in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's UNLV vs. Nevada pick at SportsLine.

So who wins UNLV vs. Nevada? And which side is covering almost 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Nevada vs. UNLV spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is on a 26-11 run on top-rated picks, and find out.