ON A ROLL: UNLV is winning. The Rebels (4-2) have won four straight games, doubling last season’s win total. In fact, UNLV has won only two games in each of the last three seasons under coach Bobby Hauk — so who cares if the Rebels have beaten up on bad teams to get where they are heading into a road game against No. 17 Fresno State? The last time UNLV even broke even in a season was 2003. The last winning season was 2000. The Rebels’ solid pass defense will be challenged by Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr.
BIG TEN EXPECTATIONS: Illinois won its first two games and three of its first four, giving hope that coach Tim Beckman’s second season would be much better than his first (2-10). A 39-19 loss last week at Nebraska has Illini fans feeling a bit less optimistic. Illinois tries to break 15-game Big Ten losing streak against No. 25 Wisconsin.