New Mexico at UTEP: 9/25/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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UTEP Miners (2-1) vs New Mexico Lobos (2-1)
Game Info: Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Sun Bowl)
Betting Odds: UTEP Miners -1.5 -- Over/Under: 54 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New Mexico Lobos will travel to the Sun Bowl to take on the UTEP Miners this Saturday night in College Football action.
The New Mexico Lobos had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 2-1 on the season after being defeated by the 7th ranked Texas A&M Aggies, 34-0, this past Saturday. New Mexico had no answers on the offensive end against the stout Texas A&M defense and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 24-0 margin. New Mexico was outgained by Texas A&M by a 429-122 margin and committed one turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Lobos was RB Aaron Dumas who had 49 rushing yards on 10 carries.
On the season, New Mexico is averaging 20.3 ppg on 329.7 total yards per game (199.0 passing yds/g; 130.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, New Mexico has been led by QB Terry Wilson who has completed 65.1% of his passes for 589 yards, 6 TD, & 1 INT. The top receiving threats for Wilson and the Lobos have been Mannie Logan-Greene (12 rec, 131 yards, TD), Keyonta Lanier (5 rec, 87 yards, TD), Luke Wysong (10 rec, 78 yards), & Trace Bruckler (6 rec, 76 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Lobos backfield has been the duo of Bobby Cole (38 att, 171 yards, 1 TD) & Aaron Dumas (35 att, 164 yards).
Defensively, New Mexico is allowing their opponents to average 25.3 ppg on 320.3 total yards per game (234.7 passing yds/g; 85.7 rushing yds/g).
The UTEP Miners dropped to 2-1 on the season after being defeated by the Boise State Broncos, 54-13, on September 10th. UTEP struggled protecting the ball against the Boise State defense and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 42-13 margin. UTEP was outgained by Boise State by a 461-336 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 6-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Miners was WR Jacob Cowing who had 6 receptions for 112 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, UTEP is averaging 27.0 ppg on 419.3 total yards per game (221.3 passing yds/g; 198.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UTEP has been led by the RB duo of Ronald Awatt (45 att, 254 yards, 2 TD) & Willie Eldridge (23 att, 123 yards). QB Gavin Hardison has completed 63.5% of his passes for 655 yards, 5 TD< & 4 INT. The top receiving threats for Hardison and the Miners have been Jacob Cowing (13 rec, 293 yards, 3 TD), Justin Garrett (11 rec, 154 yards, TD), Tyrin Smith (5 rec, 93 yards), & Walter Dean Jr. (3 rec, 37 yards).
Defensively, UTEP is allowing their opponents to average 28.3 ppg on 329.0 total yards per game (215.7 passing yds/g; 113.3 rushing yds/g).
The Lobos are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up loss and just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Miners are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games as a favorite, however, are just 8-20 ATS in their last 28 September games.
This is not going to be the most exciting of games on Saturday night, however, I really do like the position UTEP is in as a small favorite at home. New Mexico offense doesn’t have many weapons that UTEP should not be able to handle and as I think the UTEP passing attack will have success against the Lobos, I think the Miners win this one by at least a FG and cover this spread. Good Luck!