2021: Victories over 1-11 FIU, 3-9 USM, & FCS Northwestern State
2020: Victories over 3-6 MTSU, 2-3 Rice, 3-5 UTEP & FCS Houston Baptist
2019: Victories over 1-11 UTEP, 4-8 MTSU, 4-8 UTSA & FCS Abilene Christian
2018: Victories over 1-11 UTEP, 2-11 Rice, 5-7 FAU, 3-9 UTSA & FCS Incarnate Word
Even without looking up the 2017 or 2016 season 16 of those wins in that impressive 37-38 losing record came against god awful bottom ten teams. Now let's look at every big game of Seth's tenure here.
2017: CCG vs. FAU curbstomped 17-41, bowl game vs Troy curbstomped 30-50
2018: 4-0 with top 25 in every other post on GMG and we shit the bed vs La. Tech at home and then, somehow shit the bed vs. a 4-8 ODU team costing us the conference championship game and then we got curbstomped by Utah State in the bowl game 52-13
2020: 4 wins again, but "covid year" let's give our shitty coach another year, curbstomped by App State in bowl game again, 56-28
2021: He did, after 5 years, finally win one game we really needed to win that made the fans happy, beating UTSA. So 1-5 in big games. I could be missing some.
Looking back at the schedules over the years I didn't even realize it had been 6 years. That is just depressing. Six years and not one bowl win? Six years and not one conference championship? Six years and countless defensive coordinators later there's still people with hope? Our defense performed okay, just okay, against teams in the worst conference in FBS when we were on that winning streak. We just lost the two most gifted pass rushers we've had in the last 20 years, that small showing of improvement will not be replicated in 2022.
We are not going to win more than 5 games this season and I would bet everything I had on that.
David Smoak and Phil's brother Jerry bonded over the years when David had a radio show in East Texas. Jerry was a football coach at my alma mater Jefferson. Smoak moved to Waco during the early 2010s and had a show on ESPN Radio in Waco. This led to Phil being on the ESPN radio show weekly during the Baylor football season. David still has Phil on from time to time to discuss college FB.
Can UNLV ever turn this thing around?
It might be the most overdue program in college football. Seriously, every team in the Mountain West has been able to have some fun, but not UNLV.
It’s been eight years since the program has enjoyed a winning season, and the 2013 team that got there ended with a bowl loss.
The 2000 Rebels went 8-5 and beat Arkansas in the Las Vegas Bowl. In the 21 seasons since, there’s been just that one lonely winning campaign, and no bowl bids.
Since 2019, eight current Mountain West programs have at least played in the conference championship, and six have won one. Nevada won a WAC title in 2010, New Mexico has at least tied for a division title and has been to seven bowl games over the last 22 seasons, and …
UNLV’s lone conference title was the 1994 Big West.
UNLV Key Game To The 2022 Season
North Texas, Sept. 17
Just for the confidence at a program that hasn’t had a lot of fun in a long, long time, starting a season 2-1 would do wonders.
Last year’s team won two games, the 2020 version didn’t win any, and there’s been just one 2-1 start since 2009. Assuming a win over Idaho State to kick things off, and a loss at Cal to follow that up, getting by a dangerous and experienced North Texas team at home would be a terrific step forward.
Considering the rough slate the rest of the way – New Mexico is the only time the Rebels might be favored.
Read more: https://collegefootballnews.com/2022/06/unlv-rebels-preview-2022-season-prediction-breakdown-key-games-players