No. 17 Fresno State (5-0, 2-0 Mountain West) at UNLV (4-2, 2-0), 10 p.m.
Line: Fresno State by 22½.
Series record: Fresno State leads 11-4.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Fresno State comes in with its highest ranking since reaching No. 16 in November 2005 and looks to open the season with six straight wins for the first time since 2001. UNLV has won four straight games for the first time since 2000 and is looking for its longest winning streak since Randall Cunningham led them to seven straight in 1984.
Derek Carr vs. UNLV pass defense. Carr looks to add to the Fresno State record book against one of the nation's stingiest pass defenses. Carr needs three TD passes and 33 completions to break the marks held by Paul Pinegar (82 TD passes, 848 completions). The Rebels rank 10th in the FBS in passer rating against (99.4) and eighth in yards per game allowed (165.8) but haven't faced a passing offense nearly as proficient as the Bulldogs'.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
UNLV: QB Caleb Herring. After playing wide receiver last year, Herring has revived his career and the Rebels, taking over from Nick Sherry when the Rebels were outscored 109-36 in season-opening losses to Minnesota and Arizona. Feasting on an easier schedule, Herring has completed 69.1 percent of his passes with nine TDs and one INT.
Fresno State: WR Davonte Adams. After having his school-record streak of 11 straight games with a TD catch snapped Sept. 28 at Hawaii, Adams responded by tying a school record with 16 catches for 185 yards and three TDs in the Bulldogs last game against Idaho.
FACTS & FIGURES
The teams last met in 1997 when both were in the WAC. The Bulldogs have won nine straight in the series since losing in 1984. ... UNLV ran a Mountain West record 113 offensive plays last week against Hawaii — two shy of the NCAA record held by Northwestern and Houston. ... Rebels RB Tim Cornett has rushed for 341 yards and five TDS the last two weeks. ... UNLV WR Devante Davis leads the Mountain West with eight TD catches. ... Fresno State ranks third in FBS with an average of 89.4 offensive plays per game. ... The Bulldogs have allowed three sacks despite throwing 265 passes.