UTEP at LA Tech - 10/8/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

LA Tech Bulldogs (1-3) vs UTEP Miners (3-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Joe Aillet Stadium)

Betting Odds: LA Tech Bulldogs -2.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UTEP Miners and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs meet Saturday in week 6 college football action at Joe Aillet Stadium. The UTEP Miners look to get a game above a .500 record. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look to rebound from a 1-3 record. 

The UTEP Miners have lost 5 of their last 6 road games. Gavin Hardison is completing 52.7 percent of his passes for 1,266 yards, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Tyrin Smith and Reynaldo Flores have combined for 888 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Jeremiah Ballard has 10 receptions. The UTEP Miners ground game is averaging 130.3 yards per contest, and Ronald Awatt leads the way with 365 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, UTEP is allowing 26.8 points and 353.8 yards per game. Tyrice Knight leads the UTEP Miners with 52 tackles, Jadrian Taylor has 4 sacks and Ilijah Johnson has 1 interception.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have won 4 of their last 7 home games. Parker McNeil is completing 54.5 percent of his passes for 901 yards, 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Griffin Hebert and Tre Harris have combined for 577 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Smoke Harris has 16 receptions. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs ground game is averaging 96.8 yards per contest, and Marquis Crosby leads the way with 248 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing 38.8 points and 443.3 yards per game. Tyler Grubbs leads the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs with 39 tackles, Jaiden Cole has 1.5 sacks and Maki Carabin has 1 interception.

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The Miners are 8-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games in October. The Bulldogs are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in October and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Miners last 6 games overall. The over is 7-1 in Bulldogs last 8 games overall. The Miners are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Louisiana Tech and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

The UTEP Miners haven't had much success on the road dating back to last season, and they've had turnover issues as well, which don't help. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs play their best ball at home, and it's fair to give them some grace given that 3 of their first 4 games have come on the road. Louisiana Tech also deserves some credit for hanging around with Clemson. While two hit or miss teams, it's fair to say La Tech is the better side here. I'll lay the points.

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Randy’s Pick LA Tech Bulldogs -2.5

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