UTEP Miners vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles Prediction, 10/9/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UTEP Miners vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Location: M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, MS
TV: ESPN network
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Eagles (-1)
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles (1-4) will try to defeat the UTEP Miners (4-1) at M.M. Roberts Stadium on Saturday. Southern Miss opens this contest as 1-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 44.5.
The UTEP Miners come into this matchup with a record of 4-1 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Miners played the Old Dominion Monarchs and took home the win by a score of 28-21. Gavin Hardison went 10/20 with 191 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 163.2 and finished the contest without throwing an interception. Deion Hankins was the rushing leader for the Miners with 22 carries for 70 yds (3.2 yds per attempt). In all, they had 66 plays which totaled 333 yds. The UTEP Miners ended up running the ball 46 different times and totaled 142 yds, which earned them an average of 3.1 yards per tote. On the ground, the Miners gave up 88 yds on 33 attempts, which is an average of 2.7 yards per rush surrendered. UTEP allowed 20 pass completions on 34 tries for 194 yds, and a completion percentage of 58.8%.
In terms of putting the ball in the endzone, the UTEP Miners hold an average of 25.8 PPG. As a team they're averaging 158.0 yards rushing which has them sitting 74th in Division 1. The Miners have racked up 1,938 total yards over the course of this year. When it comes to getting in the endzone, UTEP has amassed 7 touchdowns through the air and 6 rushing touchdowns. UTEP has 92 1st downs as an offense, and they have been called for 45 penalties for 459 yards. They have surrendered the ball 10 different times.
The Miners are ranked 76th in the nation concerning team defense, allowing 23.8 points per game. The opposition is running for an average of 3.4 yards per rush and 110.2 yards on the ground per game for the season. During the season, they have conceded 551 rushing yards through 5 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Miners are allowing 1,003 yds which has them ranked 63rd in the nation. They have yielded 200.6 yards per game via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 51.0%. In total, they have yielded 310.8 yards per contest ranking them 43rd in Division 1. They have surrendered 5 touchdowns through the air as well as 7 touchdowns running the ball.
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The Golden Eagles head into this matchup 1-4 for this season. When they last played, the Golden Eagles took a defeat with a final score of 24-19 against the Rice Owls. Jake Lange (1 TD) walked away from the game with 304 yds on 23/37 passing while his quarterback rate was 123.9. He had 3 picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 8.2. Frank Gore Jr. carried the ball 17 times for 79 yds, ending the game with 4.6 yds per attempt for Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles finished with a total of 378 yds while running 67 plays (5.6 yds per play). Southern Miss rushed the football for 2.1 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 57 yds on 27 carries. Southern Miss relinquished 33 attempts on the ground for 118 yards (3.6 yds per rush). The Golden Eagles secondary gave up a completion percentage of 73.9%, relinquishing 207 yards on 17 for 23 through the air.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have an average of 289.0 yards per outing, which has them ranked 124th in college football. The Southern Miss offense has compiled 309 penalty yds on 37 violations, which is good for 27th in college football in terms of giving up free yards. For the year thus far, the Golden Eagles have thrown for 891 yards through the air as well as an average of 178.2 passing yards per outing, which has them ranked 115th in college football. When it comes to putting points on the board, the Golden Eagles are sitting 122nd in college football with 17.2 points per outing.
The Golden Eagles are conceding 27.8 PPG, ranking them 102nd in the nation. Southern Miss has surrendered a total of 460 yards via the ground game (92.0 yards per game) in addition to 4 touchdowns via the rush on the year. Over the course of the season, they have given up 139 pts. They have conceded 12 touchdowns through the air as well as 243.2 yards per outing, which puts them in 99th in D-1. The Golden Eagles defense has been on the field for 302 plays, which is 42nd in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Miners/Golden Eagles college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Miners +1
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