LAS VEGAS - Usually it's men's basketball that generates the buzz at Nevada-Las Vegas.
This week, however, a lot of the talk has focused on the football team - which has won two games each of the last three seasons - and whether it will win its fourth in a row today against the University of Hawaii at Sam Boyd Stadium.
While the Rainbow Warriors (0-5, 0-2 Mountain West Conference) are seeking their first victory of the year, the Rebels are trying to win a fourth straight game for the first time since a seven-game streak in 1984.
Caleb Herring of Nevada-Las Vegas leads the nation with a 75-percent completion rate.
"It's been fun the last three weeks around here, I think everybody's enjoyed it and I think it's some well-deserved success because these people have been working awfully hard," said UNLV coach Bobby Hauck. "We've done some things that haven't been done in a while around here. There's a lot of football left, but we're at least in position to have a good season and I think that's exciting."
The Rebels (3-2, 1-0) are above the .500 mark after five games for the first time since 2008, and the emergence of quarterback Caleb Herring can be pointed to as the turning point this season.
Herring replaced Nick Sherry on the team's third possession on Sept. 14 against Central Michigan and completed 24 of 28 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns. His completion percentage of 85.7 set a school single-game record.
Assumption 41, St. Anselm 27
College of N.J. 7, Kean 0
Mass.-Dartmouth 33, Bridgewater 29
Randolph-Macon 34, Catholic U. 10
Cincinnati 38, Temple 20
"When Caleb is on target and accurate and seeing things, he does a really nice job," Hauck said. "When you have a guy at quarterback that's playing well, it helps."
Herring has completed 75.0 percent of his passes overall this season, best in the nation.
"I'm really just trying to be a vital piece to the success of the offense," said Herring, who played most of last season as a wide receiver. "My focus was never on the individual aspect of it. Definitely as a team I knew we were capable of doing some good things, but it was more focused on the success we could possibly have as a team."
In UNLV's last game, on Sept. 28, Herring threw four touchdown passes - three to Devante Davis - in a 56-42 victory over New Mexico. The Rebels' Tim Cornett ran for a career-high 179 yards, with three touchdowns.
Davis is second in the nation with eight touchdown catches.
UNLV's Tau Lotulelei, a Maui High School graduate, has 15 tackles this season.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON TV
6 a.m.-Oklahoma at Texas, ABC
6 a.m.-South Carolina at Arkansas, KFVE
6 a.m.-Missouri at Georgia, ESPN
6 a.m.-Indiana at Michigan St., ESPN2
6 a.m.-Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech, ESPNU
6 a.m.-Memphis at Houston, ESPNN
6 a.m.-Kansas at TCU, FSW
6 a.m.-E. Michigan at Army, CBSSN
6 a.m.-Lehigh at Columbia, NBCSN
6 a.m.-Iowa St. at Texas Tech, FS1
6 a.m.-Nebraska at Purdue, BTN
7:30 a.m.-Yale at Dartmouth, FCSC
9:30 a.m.-Northwestern at Wisconsin, ABC
9:30 a.m.-Florida at LSU, CBS
9:30 a.m.-Baylor at Kansas St., FOX
9:30 a.m.-Richmond at James Madison, NBCSN
9:30 a.m.-Boston College at Clemson, ESPN2
9:30 a.m.-Virginia at Maryland, ESPNU
9:30 a.m.-Syracuse at N.C. State, FSW
9:30 a.m.-E. Washington at North Dakota, FCSP
9:30 a.m.-San Jose St. at Colorado St., CBSSN
10 a.m.-Oregon at Washington, FS1
11 a.m.-Michigan at Penn St., ESPN
11 a.m.-Marshall at Florida Atlantic, FCSA
11 a.m.-Wisconsin-Stout at Wisconsin-Whitewater, FCSC
Noon-Stanford at Utah, PAC12
1 p.m.-Alabama at Kentucky, ESPN2
1 p.m.-Villanova at Towson, NBCSN
1 p.m.-Kansas at TCU, FCSP
1:30 p.m.-Bowling Green at Mississippi St., FSW
2 p.m.-Tulsa at UTEP, FS1
2 p.m.-Boise St. at Utah St., CBSSN
2 p.m.-Hawaii at UNLV, PPV255
2:30 p.m.-Texas A&M at Mississippi, ESPN
4 p.m.-Colorado at Arizona St., PAC12
4:30 p.m.-California at UCLA, ESPN2
4:30 p.m.-Oregon St. at Washington St., ESPNU