Saturday, September 24, 2016
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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles take on the UTEP Miners on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Sun Bowl stadium. The opening line for this game has Southern Miss as 10 point favorites. This season the Golden Eagles are 1-1-1 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-1-0. The Miners have an over/under record of 2-1-0 and they are 1-2-0 against the spread.
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Nick Mullens finished with 263 yards through the air for Southern Mississippi last week. He completed 24 passes out of 52 attempts for a 46% completion percentage. The Golden Eagles were led in rushing by Ito Smith, who finished with 131 yards on 20 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 7 yards per carry. Allenzae Staggers was the team leader in receiving with a total of 98 yards and 6 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 16 yards per reception. As a team in that game Southern Mississippi got a total of 20 first downs. Of those first downs, 5 came on the ground while 13 came through the air. They ran 81 total plays for 421 yards for the game. The Golden Eagles ran for 158 yards on 29 attempts.
Zack Greenlee finished with 106 yards passing for UTEP last week. He went 7 for 15, resulting in a 47% completion percentage. The Miners were led on the ground by Aaron Jones, who finished with 67 yards on 11 carries. He ended the game with an average of 6 yards per rush. Tyler Batson led the team in receiving with 61 yards and 2 catches. He finished the game with an average of 31 yards per reception. UTEP had 10 first downs total. 4 came from running the ball and 6 came from a pass. They ran 42 total plays for 269 yards for the contest. The Miners ran for 103 yards on 18 carries as a team.
Southern Mississippi scores 43.7 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 17th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 21 passes on 36 attempts for a 58.3 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 255.7 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 46th in college football. The Golden Eagles run for an average of 274.3 yards per game on 48.7 attempts for an average of 5.6 yards per carry. That ranks them 11th in the nation. They also run 84.7 plays per contest and average 6.3 yards per play for an average of 530 yards per game, ranking their offense 16th overall this season. The Golden Eagles average 26.7 first downs per game which ranks them 17th in the country. They accumulate 75 penalty yards per game via 9.3 penalties, which ranks 23rd in the nation.
Southern Mississippi allows 155.3 passing yards per game, ranking 15th in D-1, and they allow 24 points per contest on defense, which ranks 62nd. They give up 10 completions on 22 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 45.5. The Golden Eagles allow 109 rushing yards per game on 34.3 carries for an average of 3.2 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 34th in the country. Southern Mississippi allows 264.3 total yards per game including 4.7 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 13th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 7 penalties for 57 yards per game, ranking them 61st among D-1 teams.
UTEP averages 19.7 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 110th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 13.7 passes per game on 24.3 attempts for a 56.2 percent completion percentage. They throw for 156 yards through the air per game, ranking them 113th in Division 1. The Miners run for an average of 175.7 yards per game on 35.7 attempts for an average of 4.9 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 66th on the ground. They also run 60 plays per game and average 5.5 yards per play for a total of 331.7 yards per game, ranking them 110th in the country on offense. The Miners get an average of 16.3 first downs per game, which ranks 117th in the nation. They average 64 penalty yards per game via 7.3 penalties, ranking them 48th in college football.
UTEP allows an average of 208.3 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 53rd in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 43 points per contest, which has them ranked 119th in the nation. They give up 15.7 completions on 25.7 attempts for a completion percentage of 61 per game. The Miners allow 244.7 rushing yards per contest on 49.7 carries for a 4.9 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 116th in the country. UTEP allows 453 total yards per game for an average of 6 yards per play, which ranks 108th in D-1. They force 0.3 turnovers per contest and 6.3 penalties for 55 yards in each contest, ranking 53rd in the nation.
Southern Mississippi Betting Trends
Southern Mississippi is 2-1-0 against the over/under this season
Southern Mississippi has an ATS record of 1-1-1 this season
UTEP Betting Trends
UTEP is 2-1-0 against the over/under this season
UTEP has an ATS record of 1-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/18/16 DL Draper Riley Ankle "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
09/02/16 TE Taylor Marini Undisclosed out indefinitely
09/18/16 LB Alvin Jones Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Southern Miss
08/29/16 RB Treyvon Hughes Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take UTEP
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