Central Michigan enters Saturday’s game at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a 1-1 record, but that apparently doesn’t impress oddsmakers in Las Vegas.
CMU opens as a 16-point underdog against UNLV on Saturday (10 p.m., Mountain West Network), according to VegasInsider.com. However, the line narrows to 7.5 when VegasInsider takes into account its offshore sportsbooks, indicating the line will likely narrow during the week.
Interestingly enough, CMU was just a 4-point underdog — essentially making it a toss up given UNLV’s home-field advantage — when the Golden Nugget sportsbook first issued its odds back in June.
The Chippewas come off a 24-21 win over New Hampshire, which entered the game No. 8 in the Football Championship Subdivision, that saw head coach Dan Enos bench sophomore quarterback Alex Niznak in favor of Cooper Rush. Entering the game, Las Vegas consensus pegged CMU as a 2.5-point favorite while the Las Vegas Hilton adjusted it to 4.
Rush, a redshirt freshman, is the third quarterback to see the field this season for CMU. He is expected to start Saturday.
UNLV, meanwhile, enters the game with an 0-2 record, losing 58-13 at home to Arizona on Saturday and 51-23 at Minnesota last week. The Rebels went 2-11 last season and haven’t had a winning season since 2000.
CMU is 1-2 all-time against UNLV, losing their last meeting, 30-20, in 1993.
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