Saturday, October 1, 2016
Joe Aillet Stadium
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The UTEP Miners take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Joe Aillet Stadium. The opening line for this game has Louisiana Tech as 21 point favorites. This season the Miners are 1-3-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-2-0. The Bulldogs have an over/under record of 3-1-0 and they are 2-2-0 against the spread.
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Zack Greenlee finished with 62 yards through the air for UTEP last week. He completed 7 passes out of 14 attempts for a 50% completion percentage. The Miners were led in rushing by Aaron Jones, who finished with 127 yards on 16 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 8 yards per carry. Cole Freytag was the team leader in receiving with a total of 33 yards and 1 reception. As a team in that game UTEP got a total of 10 first downs. Of those first downs, 4 came on the ground while 5 came through the air. They ran 54 total plays for 258 yards for the game. The Miners ran for 145 yards on 26 attempts.
Ryan Higgins finished with 504 yards passing for Louisiana Tech last week. He went 36 for 59, resulting in a 61% completion percentage. The Bulldogs were led on the ground by Jarred Craft, who finished with 91 yards on 20 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Trent Taylor led the team in receiving with 210 yards and 17 catches. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. Louisiana Tech had 35 first downs total. 8 came from running the ball and 24 came from a pass. They ran 96 total plays for 622 yards for the contest. The Bulldogs ran for 118 yards on 37 carries as a team.
UTEP scores 16.5 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 124th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 13.8 passes on 25.3 attempts for a 54.5 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 145.3 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 120th in college football. The Miners run for an average of 168 yards per game on 33.3 attempts for an average of 5.1 yards per carry. That ranks them 79th in the nation. They also run 58.5 plays per contest and average 5.4 yards per play for an average of 313.3 yards per game, ranking their offense 121st overall this season. The Miners average 14.5 first downs per game which ranks them 126th in the country. They accumulate 62.3 penalty yards per game via 7 penalties, which ranks 46th in the nation.
UTEP allows 200.3 passing yards per game, ranking 44th in D-1, and they allow 40.8 points per contest on defense, which ranks 120th. They give up 15.8 completions on 26 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 60.6. The Miners allow 234 rushing yards per game on 47 carries for an average of 5 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 109th in the country. UTEP allows 434.3 total yards per game including 5.9 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 93rd in terms of yards per game. They force 0.8 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5.8 penalties for 48.8 yards per game, ranking them 45th among D-1 teams.
Louisiana Tech averages 38 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 41st in the country. In the passing department, they complete 29 passes per game on 45.5 attempts for a 63.7 percent completion percentage. They throw for 386.3 yards through the air per game, ranking them 5th in Division 1. The Bulldogs run for an average of 166.8 yards per game on 31.5 attempts for an average of 5.3 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 81st on the ground. They also run 77 plays per game and average 7.2 yards per play for a total of 553 yards per game, ranking them 7th in the country on offense. The Bulldogs get an average of 28 first downs per game, which ranks 6th in the nation. They average 49.8 penalty yards per game via 5 penalties, ranking them 83rd in college football.
Louisiana Tech allows an average of 288.5 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 114th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 35.5 points per contest, which has them ranked 110th in the nation. They give up 21.8 completions on 35.5 attempts for a completion percentage of 61.3 per game. The Bulldogs allow 163.8 rushing yards per contest on 38.8 carries for a 4.2 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 74th in the country. Louisiana Tech allows 452.3 total yards per game for an average of 6.1 yards per play, which ranks 102nd in D-1. They force 0.5 turnovers per contest and 5.5 penalties for 47.5 yards in each contest, ranking 37th in the nation.
UTEP Betting Trends
UTEP is 2-2-0 against the over/under this season
UTEP has an ATS record of 1-3-0 this season
Louisiana Tech Betting Trends
Louisiana Tech is 3-1-0 against the over/under this season
Louisiana Tech has an ATS record of 2-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/25/16 LB Alvin Jones Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech
09/25/16 DL Gene Hopkins Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech
08/29/16 RB Treyvon Hughes Knee out for season
09/15/16 DT Courtney Wallace Foot out indefinitely
08/30/16 DB Jarrell Jackson Dismissed has left team
Tony's Pick: Take UTEP
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