Western Kentucky at UTEP College Football Picks & Predictions 10/7/2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
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Sun Bowl is the venue for the game between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the UTEP Miners on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Western Kentucky as 20.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 51. The Miners are 1-4-0 against the spread and their over/under mark is 3-2-0. The Hilltoppers are 0-4-0 ATS and their over/under record is 1-3-0.
Valuable Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Betting Trends
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 1-3-0 against the over/under
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 0-4-0 against the spread
Important UTEP Miners Betting Trends
The UTEP Miners are 3-2-0 against the over/under
The UTEP Miners are 1-4-0 against the spread
Key Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Injuries
10/01/17 RB D'Andre Ferby Ankle "?" Saturday vs. UTEP
08/05/17 DB De'Andre Simmons ACL out for season
Key UTEP Miners Injuries
10/01/17 DL Christian Buckingham Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
10/01/17 LB Dylan Parsee Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
10/01/17 LB Julian Jackson Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
10/01/17 QB Ryan Metz Shoulder injured last game, doubtful Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
09/12/17 WR Alan Busey Shoulder out for season
09/12/17 OL Greg Long Leg out for season
09/12/17 LB Jayson VanHook Shoulder out for season
09/12/17 DB Khalil Rashaad-Brown Achilles out for season
09/01/17 DL Chris Richardson Eligibility out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have run for 310 yards as a unit, which ranks 126th in the nation. They've run 126 times, averaging 2.5 yards per rush as a unit. The Hilltoppers have been penalized on offense 21 times for 182 yards so far this year, which has them 100th in the country in penalties. They are 112th in Division 1 in points scored with 93. They have run 279 plays this year for 1,357 yards, which ranks them 65th in the nation in total offense. The Hilltoppers average 4.9 yards per play, which is 112th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 82 1st downs this season, ranking them 102nd overall as an offensive unit. Mike White has completed 101 throws while attempting 153 passes for a completion percentage of 66%. He has passed for 1,047 yards this year. He averages 6.2 adjusted yards per throw and 6.8 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 123.9.
The Hilltoppers rush defense has given up 133 attempts for 447 yards this season, putting them in 20th place in the country against the run. They have had 21 penalties for 220 yards on defense this year. That places them 51st in Division 1. Western Kentucky is 27th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 81. They have given up a total of 1,447 yards on D, which is 37th in the nation. The Hilltoppers are 43rd in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Opponent offenses have completed 83 throws on 148 attempts against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defense this season, ranking them 62nd and 71st in the country. The Western Kentucky pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,000 yards in the air, which is 65th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have tried 4 field goals this year and made 3, which is 94th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 75%. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 10 for 10 this season. Their punters have accumulated 758 yards on 20 punts, averaging 38 yards per punt. That ranks them 118th in the NCAA in punting average. Western Kentucky is 54th in the country in punt returns with 8. They've totaled 38 punt return yards and average 4.8 yards per return, which is 85th in D-1. They have returned 12 kicks for 233 yards on special teams, which puts them 76th in kick return yardage. The Hilltoppers average 19 yards per kick return and they are 118th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,628.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Miners are 121st in Division 1 in points scored with 72. They have run 283 plays this season for 1,123 yards, which ranks them 116th in the nation in total offense. The UTEP Miners average 4 yards per play, which is 128th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 67 1st downs this year, placing them 121st overall as an offensive unit. On the ground UTEP has run for 423 yards as a team, which ranks 120th in the country. They've run 132 times, averaging 3.2 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Miners have been penalized on offense 25 times for 217 yards so far this season, which has them 85th in the nation in penalties. Zack Greenlee has thrown for 135 yards this season. He has completed 16 passes on 25 attempts for a completion percentage of 64%. His quarterback rating this year is 114.6. He averages 5.4 yards per pass attempt and 4.4 adjusted yards per throw.
UTEP is 126th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 226. They have surrendered a total of 2,542 yards on D, which is 125th in Division 1. The Miners are ranked 127th in yards per play allowed with 7.2. Opposing offenses have completed 91 passes on 127 attempts against the UTEP defense this season, placing them 76th and 37th in the country. The UTEP Miners pass defense has also given up a total of 1,165 yards through the air, which is 87th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 228 attempts for 1,377 yards this year, putting them in 125th place in D-1 against the run. The Miners have committed 29 penalties for 257 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 77th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
UTEP is ranked 103rd in the nation in punt returns with 5. They've accumulated 17 punt return yards and average 3.4 yards per return, which is 103rd in college football. They have returned 20 kicks for 389 yards on special teams, ranking 24th in kick return yardage. The UTEP Miners average 20 yards per kick return and they are 124th in the country in all-purpose yards with 1,529. UTEP kickers have made 90% of their extra points, going 9 for 10 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,511 yards on 35 punts, averaging 43 yards per punt. That places them 41st in Division 1 in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Hilltoppers/Miners college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Miners +20.5
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