Old Dominion Monarchs vs UTEP Miners Prediction, 10/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Old Dominion Monarchs vs UTEP Miners
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Location: Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Miners (-3.5)
Sun Bowl is where the UTEP Miners (3-1) will take on the Old Dominion Monarchs (1-3) on Saturday. UTEP opens as 3.5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under is 49.
The Old Dominion Monarchs come into this game with a record of 1-3 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Monarchs played the Buffalo Bulls and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 35-34. Darriel Mack Jr. finished 24/41 with 224 yds passing and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 107.6 and ended the game with 1 interception. Darriel Mack Jr. was the rushing leader for the Monarchs with 18 totes for 84 yards (4.7 yards per attempt). The Old Dominion Monarchs ended up running the ball 45 different times and recorded 209 yds, which earned them an average of 4.6 yards per tote. When the final whistle blew, they tallied 86 plays which gave them a total of 433 yards. Old Dominion surrendered 17 completions on 26 attempts for 191 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.4%. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Monarchs conceded 106 yards on 38 attempts, which averages out to 2.8 yards per run surrendered.
When it comes to scoring, the Old Dominion Monarchs are averaging 27.0 points per contest. As a team they hold an average of 194.8 yards on the ground which is 41st in Division 1. The Monarchs currently have 1,478 total yards this season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Old Dominion has amassed 4 passing touchdowns and 9 rushing touchdowns. Old Dominion has accrued 91 first downs as a team, and they have committed 29 penalties for 246 yards. They have surrendered the football 6 times.
The Monarchs are sitting in 121st in college football in terms of team defense, conceding 32.3 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.5 yards per run and 139.0 rushing yards per contest for the year. During this campaign, they have given up 556 yards via the ground game in 4 contests. When talking about yards through the air, the Monarchs are giving up 704 yards which ranks them 46th in Division 1. They have surrendered 176.0 yards per game via the pass and giving up a completion percentage of 63.2%. Overall, they are conceding 315.0 yards/game putting them at 52nd in the country. They have yielded 9 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 6 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Miners head into this game 3-1 this year. When they last played, the Miners went home victorious with a score of 20-13 when they played the New Mexico Lobos. Deion Hankins ran the football 13 times for 25 yards, finishing the contest with 1.9 yds per attempt for UTEP. Gavin Hardison (1 touchdown) ended the contest with 293 yds on 15/2 passing while his QB rate was 2045.6. He had 1 pick and his Y/A was 146.5. UTEP gave up 35 run attempts for 123 yds (3.5 yds per rush). The Miners pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 43.6%, relinquishing 165 yds on 17 out of 39 through the air. The Miners finished the game with a total of 344 yards and they ran 62 plays (5.5 yards per play). UTEP ended up running for 1.5 yards per attempt, finishing with a total of 51 yards on 33 attempts.
When discussing putting points on the board, the Miners currently rank 95th in the country averaging 25.3 PPG. Over the course of the season to this point, the Miners have thrown for 957 yards via the pass as well as an average of 239.3 passing yards per contest, which has them ranked 59th in the nation. The UTEP Miners have an average of 401.3 yards/game, which is good for 65th in the country. The UTEP offense has racked up 377 yds of penalties on 38 violations, which is 5th in Division 1 in terms of helping out the other team.
The Miners are conceding 24.5 PPG, which puts them 89th in Division 1. UTEP has allowed a total of 463 yards via the ground game (115.8 yards per game) and 6 touchdowns via the rush on the campaign. Overall, they have given up 98 total points. They have yielded 4 touchdowns via the pass and 202.3 yards per game, ranking them 59th in Division 1. The Miners defense has participated in 250 plays, which is good for 46th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Monarchs/Miners college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Monarchs +3.5
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