UNLV has won six of the seven Silver State Series against in-state rival Nevada and the coronavirus has helped the Rebels clinch another title, presumably.
With the Mountain West canceling spring sports, the 2019-20 athletic season is over. The Rebels hold a 13.5-10.5 lead over the Wolf Pack in the all-sport Silver State Series with only three more points left to be handed out, those coming in the Academic Progress Report.
If Nevada were to win the APR, it would tie UNLV at 13.5 points, but the tiebreaker in this series is the football game, which UNLV won, 33-30, in overtime at Mackay Stadium in November.
I asked UNLV last Friday if it has officially won the Silver State series for the seventh time in eight seasons. They said they would check and get back to me. I haven't heard anything since. Obviously this isn't a hugely important issue given everything that is going on in the world, but I usually do a recap of the Silver State Series and with the season prematurely over, I figured I wouldn't change that.
Here is where each school picked up Silver State Series points in 2019-20.
UNLV victories: Volleyball, women's soccer, football, women's indoor track and field
Nevada victories: Women's cross country, men's basketball, women's swimming and diving
Ties: Women's basketball
Of the eight sports listed above, all eight were won in 2019-20 by the same teams that won the events in 2018-19. There were literally no changes.
The cancellation of the spring sports deprived Nevada of an opportunity to make a comeback and win its second Silver State Series, but that would have been an extreme long shot. The Rebels have dominated the Wolf Pack in the spring sports over the years. Last season, UNLV won 18 of the 21 points awarded in the spring season (men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, outdoor track and field, baseball and softball). Historically, UNLV has won about 80 percent of the spring sport points since this series began.
Whether the schools actually hand out a trophy for this year's Silver State Series is unknown, although it is already on UNLV's campus, so it will be easy enough to just keep it there. This year's series ultimately came down to the Battle for the Fremont Cannon, and that game couldn't have been any closer as UNLV pulled off a walk-off overtime win and, unknown to anybody at the time, cashed in what would ultimately be the decisive points to clinch another Silver State Series victory.
Silver State Series results
2020: UNLV 13.5, Nevada 10.5 (TBD final score)
2019: UNLV 31.5, Nevada 13.5
2018: UNLV 27, Nevada 21
2017: Nevada 24, UNLV 24 (Wolf Pack won tiebreaker)
2016: UNLV 28.5, Nevada 19.5
2015: UNLV 27, Nevada 21
2014: UNLV 30, Nevada 18
2013: UNLV 37.5, Nevada 10.5