Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs UTEP Miners Prediction, 10/16/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs UTEP Miners
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Miners (+7)
Sun Bowl is the location where the UTEP Miners (5-1) will try to defeat the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-3) on Saturday. UTEP opens this contest as 7-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is 55.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs head into this game 2-3 for this year. In their last game, the Bulldogs played the NC State Wolfpack and went home with a loss by a final score of 34-27. Austin Kendall went 26/43 with 341 yds passing and 3 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 140.8 and finished the contest with 2 interceptions. Marcus Williams Jr. was the rushing leader for the Bulldogs with 16 carries for 59 yds (3.7 yards per carry). In the game, they ran 79 plays which converted into 480 yards. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs ran the ball 35 times and totaled 139 yds, which came out to an average of 4.0 yds per attempt. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Bulldogs conceded 167 yards on 31 tries, which averages out to 5.4 yds per run allowed. Louisiana Tech gave up 22 completions on 36 tries for 251 yards, and a completion percentage of 61.1%.
When talking about scoring, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are averaging 33.4 points per game. As a team they average 130.2 yards rushing which ranks them 93rd in the country. The Bulldogs have tallied 2,068 yards in total for this campaign. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Louisiana Tech has earned 12 touchdowns through the air and 7 rushing touchdowns. Louisiana Tech has recorded 108 1st downs as a unit, and they have been hurt by 34 infractions for 239 yards. They have turned the ball over 7 times.
When it comes to yards through the air, the Bulldogs have allowed 1,603 yards which has them ranked 125th in D-1. They are giving up 320.6 yards per outing via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 68.7%. For the year, they have surrendered 471.8 yards per game ranking them 133rd in college football. They have given up 14 touchdowns through the air as well as 8 touchdowns pounding the rock. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.6 yards per run and 151.2 rushing yards per game this season. Overall, they have allowed 756 yards via the running game in 5 games. The Bulldogs rank 123rd in the country in terms of the opposition scoring, giving up 33.4 points per game.
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The Miners come into this game with a record of 5-1 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Miners walked away with a victory by a final of 26-13 when they played the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Gavin Hardison finished the contest with 127 yards on 7/17 passing while his QB rating was 92.2. He had 1 interception and his Y/A was 7.5. Ronald Awatt carried the rock 18 times for 159 yds, finishing the game with 8.8 yards per carry for UTEP. The Miners finished the game with a total of 404 yds on 53 plays (7.6 yards per play). UTEP rushed for 7.7 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 277 yds on 36 attempts. UTEP allowed 31 attempts on the ground for 15 yds (0.5 yds per rush). The Miners pass defense allowed a completion rate of 64.5%, relinquishing 239 yards on 20 for 31 passing.
The UTEP Miners average 390.3 yards/game, which ranks them 73rd in D-1. The UTEP offense has accrued 521 penalty yards on 51 violations, ranking them 6th in Division 1 in terms of helping out the opposition. For the season so far, the Miners have compiled 1,275 yards through the air along with an average of 212.5 passing yards per contest, putting them at 89th in D-1. In relation to their ability to score points, the Miners are ranking 87th in Division 1 holding an average of 25.8 points per game.
The Miners are surrendering 22.0 points per game, ranking them 54th in college football. UTEP has surrendered a total of 566 rushing yards (94.3 yards per outing) as well as 7 touchdowns via the rush so far this season. This year, they have surrendered 132 points in total. They have surrendered 7 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 207.0 yards/game, which puts them in 54th in college football. The Miners defense has participated in 379 plays, which has them sitting 68th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Bulldogs/Miners college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Bulldogs -7
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