UTSA at UTEP: 11/6/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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UTEP Miners (6-2) vs UTSA Roadrunners (8-0)
Game Info: Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10:15 pm (Sun Bowl)
Betting Odds: UTEP Miners +11 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Roadrunners will travel to the Sun Bowl to take on the UTEP Miners this Saturday night in College Football action.
The UTSA Roadrunners improved to 8-0 on the season after defeating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 45-16, on October 23rd. UTSA was outstanding defensively against Louisiana Tech and had no trouble securing the victory after a 51-yard pick-six by the Roadrunners Dadrian Taylor gave UTSA a 28-10 lead with 12:44 left in the 3rd quarter. UTSA was outgained by Louisiana Tech by a 408-406 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Roadrunners was RB Sincere McCormick who had 113 rushing yards & 3 TD on 23 carries.
On the season, UTSA is averaging 39.4 ppg on 441.3 total yards per game (257.1 passing yds/g; 184.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UTSA has been led by RB Sincere McCormick who has 891 rushing yards & 9 TD on 191 carries. QB Frank Harris has completed 68.3% of his passes for 1793 yards, 16 TD, & 3 INT while also rushing for 270 yards & 2 TD. The top receiving threats for the Roadrunners have been Zakhari Franklin (45 rec, 572 yards, 6 TD), Joshua Cephus (48 rec, 531 yards, 5 TD), De’Corian Clark (29 rec, 431 yards, 5 TD), & Tykee Ogle-Kellogg (10 rec, 117 yards, TD).
Defensively, UTSA is holding their opponents to an average of 18.8 ppg on 334.4 total yards per game (254.1 passing yds/g; 80.3 rushing yds/g).
The UTEP Miners had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-2 on the season after being defeated by the FAU Owls, 28-25, this past Saturday. UTEP struggled with some costly turnovers and could not fight all the way back after a 1-yard TD run by the Owls James Charles gave FAU a 28-10 lead early in the 4th quarter. UTEP outgained FAU by a 436-279 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Miners was WR Tyrin Smith who had 4 receptions for 114 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, UTEP is averaging 24.9 ppg on 393.5 total yards per game (235.6 passing yds/g; 157.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UTEP has been led by QB Gavin Hardison who has completed 56.2% of his passes for 1881 yards, 10 TD, & 9 INT. The top receiving threats for the Miners have been Jacob Cowing (41 rec, 824 yards, 4 TD), Justin Garrett (30 rec, 438 yards, 2 TD), & Tyrin Smith (15 rec, 313 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Miners backfield has been the duo of Ronald Awatt (98 att, 514 yards, 4 TD) & Deion Hankins (86 att, 323 yards, 5 TD).
Defensively, UTEP is holding their opponents to an average of 20.4 ppg on 294.8 total yards per game (197.5 passing yds/g; 97.3 rushing yds/g).
The Roadrunners are 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in November. The Miners are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
UTSA has had a great season as the Roadrunners have been outstanding on both sides of the ball, however, UTEP, despite losing last week, has also had an incredible season led by their defense that ranks 7th in total defense. UTSA hasn’t been nearly as dominant on the road as we’ve seen at home this season and as I think the UTEP defense is going to keep this a low-scoring battle, I think the play here is to take the Miners and the points. Good Luck!
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