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UNLV opens as 6-point underdog in Battle for Fremont Cannon

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Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

The Fremont Canon sits outside the end zone at Sam Boyd Stadium during the game between UNLV and UNRSaturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at Sam Boyd Stadium. UNR came from behind and won the game, for the eighth consecutive time, 42-37.

UNLV opened as a 6-point underdog at local sports books for Saturday’s Battle for the Fremont Cannon in Reno. UNR (3-4, 2-2) has won eight consecutive games in the series.

The Rebels (4-3, 2-1) are coming off a 38-14 loss at Fresno State, while the Wolf Pack lost 34-17 at Boise State. This is the lone home game for UNR in a five-game stretch that includes four road games. It lost the first two and travels to Fresno State and Colorado State after this game.

UNLV won four consecutive regular-season games for the first time since 1984 before losing to the undefeated Bulldogs. The biggest question for UNLV at this stage is the health of starting running back Tim Cornett, who left Saturday’s game with a knee injury shortly after setting the program’s all-time rushing record.

His status is uncertain and could affect the betting line as the week rolls on. The number opened at 6 most places in town but it’s still not posted everywhere.

The Rebels and Wolf Pack kick off at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Mackay Stadium. The game will stream online at ESPN3.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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