UTEP at LA Tech: 10/10/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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UTEP Miners (3-1) at LA Tech Bulldogs (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Joe Aillet Stadium)
The Line: LA Tech Bulldogs -14 -- Over/Under: 54 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The UTEP Miners will travel to Joe Aillet Stadium to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Football action.
The UTEP Miners improved to 3-1 (0-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, 31-6, on September 26th. UTEP dominated Louisiana-Monroe on both sides of the ball throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 24-0 halftime lead. UTEP outgained Louisiana-Monroe by a 512-193 margin and held the Warhawks to just 6 first downs in the victory. Leading the way for the Miners was RB Deion Hankins who had 118 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 22 carries.
On the season, UTEP is averaging 18.8 ppg on 350.5 total yards per game (224.8 passing yds/g; 125.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UTEP has been led by RB Deion Hankins who had 265 rushing yards and 5 TD’s on 50 carries. In the UTEP backfield with Hankins has been both Josh Fields (47 att, 152 yards, TD) & Ronald Awatt (14 att, 51 yards, 2 TD). QB Gavin Hardison has completed 54.3% of his passes for 850 yards, 1 TD, & 2 INT. The top receivers for the Miners have been Jacob Cowing (22 rec, 377 yards) & Justin Garrett (19 rec, 287 yards, TD).
Defensively, UTEP is holding their opponents to an average of 23.0 ppg on 355.0 total yards per game (251.0 passing yds/g; 104.0 rushing yds/g).
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs lost their first game of the season and dropped to 2-1 (1-0 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the 22nd ranked BYU Cougars, 45-14, this past Friday. Louisiana Tech had no answers defensively against BYU and could not fight back after 38 unanswered points by the Cougars gave BYU a 45-7 lead with 13:25 left in the 4th quarter. Louisiana Tech was outgained by BYU by a 513-313 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was WR Smoke Harris who had 82 yards & 2 TD’s on 3 receptions.
On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 37.0 ppg on 412.0 total yards per game (272.3 passing yds/g; 139.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Louisiana Tech has been led by QB Luke Anthony who has completed 61.5% of his passes for 654 yards, 10 TD’s, & 2 INT. The top receivers for Anthony and the Bulldogs have been Smoke Harris (13 rec, 171 yards, 3 TD), Adrian Hardy (9 rec, 148 yards, TD), Wayne Toussant (6 rec, 121 yards, 2 TD), Griffin Hebert (8 rec, 102 yards, 2 TD), and Isaiah Graham (6 rec, 65 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Bulldogs backfield has been Justin Henderson (42 att, 175 yards, TD) & Israel Tucker (26 att, 145 yards).
Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 37.7 ppg on 469.0 total yards per game (331.7 passing yds/g; 137.3 rushing yds/g).
UTEP is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games, however, are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games.
UTEP has been a bit of a surprised as the Miners already have more wins this season than they have had over their last three years combined, however, despite their success, we can’t be overly impressed by their wins against Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian, and UL Monroe. Louisiana Tech does not have the talent level to matchup with top-25 teams, however, the Bulldogs do have a solid offense which should find success agianst the Miners defense which is allowing over 250 yards per game. This is a good amount of points, however, as I think the Bulldogs offense will put up around 40-45 agianst the Miners at home, I think that will be enough to cover this spread. Take Louisiana Tech. Good Luck!