UNLV, Minnesota Unlikely Soul Mates

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If UNLV had a Big Ten Conference football soul mate, it would be Minnesota.

Both are longtime struggling programs led by head coaches who have succeeded elsewhere with a philosophy of building with young players and keeping the staff intact from year to year.

And both schools, which play each other at 8 p.m. Thursday at Sam Boyd Stadium, enter this season believing it will be better than the last.

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