UTEP at Louisiana-Monroe - 9/26/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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UTEP Miners (2-1) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (0-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm (JPS Field at James L. Malone Stadium)
The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks -9.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UTEP Miners will travel to Malone Stadium to take on the UL Monroe Warhawks this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The UTEP Miners improved to 2-1 (0-0 C-USA) after defeating the Abilene Christian Wildcats, 17-13, this past Saturday. UTEP fell behind early, however, scored 10 unanswered points to take a 10-7 lead at halftime and was able to hold off the Wildcats after a 4-yard TD run by Ronald Awatt gave the Miners a 17-10 lead early in the 4th quarter. UTEP was outgained by Abilene Christian by a 308-293 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Miners was RB Josh Fields who had 75 rushing yards and a TD on 17 carries.
On the season, UTEP is averaging 14.7 ppg on 296.7 total yards per game (97.7 rushing yds/g; 199.0 passing yds/g). Offensively, UTEP has been led by their backfield duo of Deion Hankins (28 att, 147 yards, 2 TD) & Joshua Fields (31 att, 100 yards, TD). QB Gavin Hardison has completed 55.0% of his passes on the season for 548 yards, 1 TD, & 2 INT. The leading receivers for the Miners have been Jacob Cowing (19 rec, 275 yards), Justin Garrett (12 rec, 167 yards, TD), Walter Dawn Jr. (6 rec, 51 yards), and Devaughn Cooper (4 rec, 39 yards).
Defensively, UTEP is allowing their opponents to average 28.7 ppg on 409.0 total yards per game (136.3 rushing yds/g; 272.7 passing yds/g). UTEP comes in with a turnover margin of +1.
The UL Monroe Warhawks dropped to 0-2 (0-1 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the Texas State Bobcats, 38-17, this past Saturday. UL Monroe had no answers on the defensive end early against Texas State and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 31-14 margin. UL Monroe outgained Texas State by a 444-398 margin, however, did lose the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Warhawks was QB Colby Suits who completed 35 of 53 passes for 377 yards, 2 TD, & 1 INT.
On the season, UL Monroe is averaging 12.0 ppg on 322.0 total yards (52.0 rushing yds/g; 270.0pg yds/g). Offensively, UL Monroe has been led by QB Colby Suits who has completed 68.1% of his passes for 525 yards, 3 TD & 1 INT. The top receiving targets for Suits in the Warhawks offense has been Jahquan Bloomfield (4 rec, 108 yards), Perry Carter Jr. (8 rec, 98 yards), Josh Pederson (9 rec, 94 yards), and Chandler Whitfield (8 rec, 54 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Warhawks backfield has been Josh Johnson who had 89 rushing yards on 29 carries.
Defensively, UL Monroe is allowing their opponents to average 37.5 ppg on 431.5 total yards per game (289.0 rushing yds/g; 142.5 passing yds/g). UL Monroe has a turnover margin of -2.
The Miners are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games on grass and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Sun Belt opponents. The Warhawks are 16-31-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and just 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
UL Monroe is the better overall football team in this match-up, however, I do not love backing a Warhawks team that is favored by more than a touchdown that is coming off a 21-point home loss to Texas State. UTEP is led by their backfield which should have some success against a Warhawks defense that has had no answers agianst the run in their first two games and I think the Miners do enough to cover with the points. Good Luck!