POSTPONED: Southern Miss at UTEP: 10/17/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

POSTPONED: Southern Miss at UTEP: 10/17/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

UTEP Miners (3-1) vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles (1-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Sun Bowl)

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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles snapped their 3-game losing streak and picked up their first win of the season (1-3; 1-1 C-USA) on the season after defeating the North Texas Mean Green, 41-31 on October 3rd. Southern Mississippi was outstanding offensively against the Mean Green defense and was able to hold on late after a 4-yard TD run by Darius Maberry gave the Golden Eagles a 34-17 lead early in the 4th quarter. Southern Mississippi was outgained by North Texas by a 483-437 margin, however, did win the turnover margin by a 3-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was RB Frank Gore Jr. who had 130 yards and a TD on 23 carries.

On the season, Southern Mississippi is averaging 29.0 ppg on 402.0 total yards per game (278.0 passing yds/g; 124.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Southern Mississippi has been led by QB Jack Abraham who has completed 64.4% of his passes for 1,112 yards, 7 TD, and 3 INT. The top receivers for Abraham and the Golden Eagles have been Jason Brownlee (17 rec, 301 yards, 3 TD), Tim Jones (14 rec, 299 yards, 2 TD), and Demarcus Jones (19 rec, 183 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Golden Eagles backfield has been Frank Gore Jr. (46 att, 208 yards, TD), Kevin Perkins (21 att, 82 yards, 2 TD), and Don Ragsdale (24 att, 81 yards, TD).

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Defensively, Southern Mississippi is allowing their opponents to average 40.0 ppg on 490.5 total yards per game (265.5 passing yds/g; 225.0 rushing yds/g).

The UTEP Miners had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 2-3 (0-1 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 21-17, this past Saturday. UTEP did a solid job defensively against the Louisiana Tech offensive attack, however, the Miners couldn’t fight back for the upset victory after the Bulldogs took a 21-10 lead on a 1-yard TD run by Israel Tucker early in the 4th quarter. UTEP outgained by Louisiana Tech by a 266-210 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Miners was QB Gavin Hardison who completed 18 of 38 passes for 206 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT.

On the season, UTEP is averaging 18.4 ppg on 333.6 total yards per game (221.0 passing yds/g; 112.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UTEP has been led by the backfield duo of Deion Hankins (65 att, 300 yards, 5 TD) and Joshua Fields (58 att, 185 yards, TD). QB Gavin Hardison has completed 52.4% of his passes for 1,056 yards, 2 TD, and 3 INT. The top receivers for the Miners and Hardison have been Jacob Cowing (29 rec, 440 yards), Justin Garrett (22 rec, 338 yards, TD), Devaughn Coopers (8 rec, 124 yards, TD), and Walter Dawn Jr. (9 rec, 82 yards).

Defensively, UTEP is allowing their opponents to average 22.6 ppg on 326.0 total yards per game (224.6 passing yds/g; 101.4 rushing yds/g).

The Golden Eagles are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Miners are 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games and 2-2 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Southern Mississippi was able to pick up their first win of the season, but this isn’t a great football team as although their offense can put up some points, the Golden Eagles defense has allowed at least 30 points in each of their 4 games this season against offenses that I wouldn’t say are great. UTEP has been one of the worst teams in College Football over the past few years, however, the Miners are a better team this season and I was impressed by their defensive effort agianst Louisiana Tech. I cannot trust a Southern Mississippi team that is giving up points on the road and as I think the UTEP offense will be able to put up some points in this one, I think the play is to take UTEP and the points. Good Luck!

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