Forget about the upcoming football game in Las Vegas.
The way Fresno State's luck has gone lately, the Bulldogs might gain more by playing max credit on a slot machine during this week's trip to Sin City.
For the third straight week, Fresno State could catch a break in Mountain West play by possibly playing another opponent without its primary quarterback.
UNLV starter Blake Decker might not play Friday when the Rebels (1-5, 0-2) host the Bulldogs (3-3, 2-0). Decker suffered an injury to his right (throwing) arm last week during a 33-10 loss at San Jose State that forced him to sit out the second half.
In addition, top play-making receiver Devante Davis has missed the Rebels' past two games because of a wrist injury and could be sidelined "an extended period"of the season, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
"They've had a bunch of injuries," Bulldogs coach Tim DeRuyter said Monday. "I know going into the San Diego State game, they had about 30 guys listed on their injury report and it's tough to sustain anything when you have those types of concerns.
"Davis is one of the best receivers in our league. Obviously that's hurt them. ... Their quarterback got banged up last week. All those things can affect an offense. But we're not feeling sorry for anybody. They're not feeling sorry for us and the injuries we have."
Fresno State benefited the past two weeks with its opponent's primary quarterback sidelined -- and the Bulldogs capitalized to pick up victories to sport the best record in the Mountain West so far.
Facing a San Diego State team that was without senior two-year starter Quinn Kaehler last week, the Bulldogs forced true freshman quarterback Nick Bawden into three turnovers in a 24-13 victory.
Two weeks ago, Fresno State faced a run-oriented New Mexico team without third-year option quarterback Cole Gautsche. The Bulldogs won 35-24 while limiting the Lobos' two backups who played in place of Gautsche to just 33 rushing yards combined.
Like Kaehler and Gautsche, Decker has not been having what could be called a decent season. But Decker was considered the Rebels' best quarterback coming out of camp.
For the season, Decker has completed 93 of 170 passes (54.7%) for 1,300 yards (216.7 per game) and five touchdowns to nine interceptions. He also has rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on a team-high 67 carries.
Junior Nick Sherry, who started the first three games last season, is expected to start this week if Decker is unable to go. Sherry has played in parts of four games this season, completing 9 of 29 passes (31 %) for 78 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Davis, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior, was an All-Mountain West preseason selection and made 17 catches for 268 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season.
"I don't know if they're going to dramatically change their offense," DeRuyter said. "No matter who plays, we'll have to defend what they throw at us.
"It could be Sherry, it could be Decker. Decker is an athletic guy. Obviously, we have more tape on him. But I think anytime you get a guy who's (starting the) first time in a while anyway ... I'd probably rather play against a guy who hadn't played in a while and just adjust to what he does."
Though Fresno State finished last season playing in the Las Vegas Bowl, the Bulldogs haven't played the Rebels in Las Vegas since 1996. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 12-4 and have won 10 straight. The Rebels' last win was in 1984.
"Can't feel sorry for them, not when it's a conference game and we're playing them," Bulldogs linebacker Donavon Lewis said. "You always want to wish the guys the best with their injuries, but it helps us.
"If you have their backup quarterback playing, it puts us at an advantage. But we still need to prepare and execute in the game."FRESNO STATE AT UNLV
7 p.m. Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium
Bulldogs 3-3, 2-0 MW; Rebels 1-5, 0-2
CBS Sports Network
KFIG (AM 940) and KGST (AM 1600)