UTEP Miners vs Texas Longhorns Prediction, 9/12/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UTEP Miners vs Texas Longhorns
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Location: Texas Memorial Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: UTEP (+41)
Gavin Hardison and the UTEP Miners are headed to Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Texas Longhorns. Texas opens this contest as 41-point favorites. The total has been set at 61.5.
Last week the UTEP Miners took the field against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and earned the win by a score of 24-14. Deion Hankins led the team on the ground for the game. He had a long run of 41 yards and he notched 2 touchdowns in this contest. He scurried for 113 yards on 17 carries which meant he was running for 6.6 yards per tote. Jacob Cowing led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 116 yards on 7 receptions. He averaged 16.6 yards per reception for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Miners was Gavin Hardison who went 17/28 with 212 yards by way of the pass and added 1 TD. He tossed 1 pick in this game.
The Miners head into this game after finishing 1-11 last season. They were a low scoring offensive team in the conference and they will have to really have a good night if they want to have a good offensive game. For total yards, they sat at 12th in Conference USA and 116th in Division 1 with 4,013 yards. In terms of scoring, they were one of the worst in the country with an average of 19.6 points per contest, putting them 119th in Division 1. As a team, they had an average of 143.4 rushing yards per game which was 9th in Conference USA.
The Miners had one of the worst defenses in college football allowing 35.9 points per game, which had them at 14th in C-USA and 118th in college football. In terms of rushing yards, UTEP gave up 201.4 yards per contest which had them at 14th in C-USA and 106th in D-1. They allowed teams to run for an average of 5.6 yards per carry which had them at 14th in Conference USA and 123rd in college football overall. In total, they allowed 2,417 rushing yards through 12 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Miners conceded 2,292 yards. Opponents completed 65.3% of the passes they threw against them and averaged 8.3 yards per attempt.
In the last game they played in 2019, the Texas Longhorns took the field against the Utah Utes and ended up getting the win by a score of 38-10. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Longhorns was Sam Ehlinger who went 12/18 with 201 yards via the pass and tossed 3 touchdowns. He gave away 1 interception in this game. Keaontay Ingram led the team in rushing in this game. He broke a long run for 49 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown for this game. He racked up a total of 108 yards by way of 13 carries which had him averaging 8.3 yards per run. Devin Duvernay led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 92 yards on 3 receptions. He had an average of 30.7 yards per catch in this game.
The Longhorns head into this matchup after finishing 8-5. Texas built a respectable ground game last year by averaging 177.2 yards per contest, putting them 49th in D-1. As a unit, they had a total of 2,304 yards rushing through 13 contests, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Longhorns averaged 466.5 yards per game overall which had them at 14th in the country and 3rd in the Big 12. When talking about the points that were being put on the board, the Longhorns ranked 2nd in the conference and 17th out of all the teams in the nation with an average of 35.2 points per game.
The Longhorns gave up 27.5 points per contest which put them at 7th in the Big 12 Conference and 65th in the country. Their passing defense was one of the mediocre groups in D-1. They gave up 292.5 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Longhorns ranked 9th in the conference. In discussing points given up, they allowed 358 points in total. In regard to rushing yards, they conceded 138.9 yards per contest which put them at 43rd in Division 1 and 3rd in the conference. They allowed a total of 1,806 yards rushing.
Who will win tonight's Miners/Longhorns college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Miners +41
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