UTEP vs North Texas NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Mason Fine and the North Texas Mean Green play the UTEP Miners at Apogee Stadium on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The spread on this contest has North Texas as 22.5-point favorites. The Miners are 2-5-0 ATS and 3-4-0 when betting on the total. The Mean Green are 6-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-6-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the UTEP Miners faced the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and took the defeat by a score of 42-21. Treyvon Hughes paced the team on the ground in the game. He tore off a long run of 15 yards and he tallied 1 TD for the contest. He ran for a total of 60 yards on 13 carries which had him averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Jacob Cowing was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 70 yards on 2 receptions. He earned an average of 35.0 yards per reception in the game. Running the show from under center for the Miners was Kai Locksley who went 17/30 with 227 yards passing and completed 1 touchdown. He walked away with no picks. The Miners ran the ball 32 times and added 128 yards which had them averaging 4.0 yards per rushing attempt. For the game, the Miners got 20 1st downs and they had 3 penalties for 30 yards which tells us that we had a very focused team on our hands. Overall, they ran 62 plays for a total of 355 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, UTEP allowed 29 completions on 36 attempts totaling 338 yards, and a completion percentage of 80.6%. Against the run, the Miners allowed 152 yards on 34 tries which gave them an average of 4.5 yards per attempt allowed. Overall, they conceded 490 yards and earned 1 turnover.
The Miners come into this game with a record of 1-6 in 2019. For total yardage, they rank 13th in C-USA and 128th in the country with 2,162 yards. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the nation averaging 18.1 points per contest, putting them 120th in the country. As a unit, they are averaging 142.4 yards on the ground per contest which is 9th in Conference USA. The Miners have one of the most lackluster defenses in the country, allowing 34.3 points per contest which has them at 13th in the conference. When it comes to yards through the air, the Miners have allowed 1,165 yards. Opponents are completing 68% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 8.3 yards per try. When it comes to rushing yards, UTEP is giving up 184 yards per game putting them 9th in C-USA and 91st in the nation. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.1 yards per rush putting them 12th in the conference and 112th in D-1 overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,288 yards rushing through 7 contests.
In their last game, the North Texas Mean Green played the Charlotte 49ers and took the loss by a score of 39-38. Running the show from under center for the Mean Green was Mason Fine who went 26/38 with 394 yards through the air and completed 5 TD's. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. Tre Siggers paced the team in rushing for that contest. He had a long run of 27 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He scurried for 131 yards by way of 17 carries which meant he averaged 7.7 yards per run. Jyaire Shorter led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 111 yards on 3 receptions. He averaged 37.0 yards per reception for that contest. The Mean Green rushed the ball a total of 32 times and racked up a total of 145 yards which earned them an average of 4.5 yards per run. Overall, they finished with a total of 70 plays which added up to 539 yards. For the contest, the Mean Green got 28 first downs and they totaled 6 penalties for 64 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. When discussing the defense, North Texas allowed 24 completions on 32 throws for a total of 336 yards, and a completion percentage of 75.0%. Overall, they conceded 589 yards but went the whole game without forcing a turnover. In the running game, the Mean Green allowed 253 yards on 42 runs which gave them an average of 6.0 yards per carry allowed.
The Mean Green head into this game 3-5. In discussing the offensive production, the Mean Green have one of the most prolific offenses in D-1. North Texas has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 163.4 rushing yards per contest, putting them 72nd in Division 1. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 1,307 rushing yards through 8 contests, so they'll look to the run game to try to keep the opponents off balance so they'll have open receivers. The Mean Green average 460.1 yards per game overall putting them 26th in D-1 and 2nd in C-USA. The Mean Green are giving up 33.3 points per game which puts them at 12th in the conference and 109th in college football. Their pass defense is one of the middle of the road units in the country. They are giving up 244.8 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Mean Green sit in 9th in C-USA. When it comes to points given up, they have given up 266 points in total. When talking about yards rushing, they are allowing 191.1 yards per game ranking them 98th in college football and 10th in the conference. For the 2019 season, they have allowed a total of 1,529 yards on the ground and 19.2 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Miners/Mean Green college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Miners +22.5
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