North Texas Mean Green vs UTEP Miners Prediction, 8/27/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: North Texas Mean Green vs UTEP Miners
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022
Location: Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Miners (+4)
The UTEP Miners (7-6 last year) are welcoming the North Texas Mean Green (6-7 last season) at Sun Bowl on Saturday. North Texas opens this contest as 4-point favorites. The total comes in at 57.5.
The North Texas Mean Green finished the year holding a 6-7 mark. The last time they took the field, the Mean Green took the field against the Miami RedHawks and went home with a loss by a final score of 27-14. Austin Aune went 15/32 with 228 yards through the air. He had a quarterback rating of 94.2 and finished the contest with 2 interceptions. Austin Aune was the leader on the ground for the Mean Green with 9 carries for 28 yards (3.1 yds per carry). For the game, they ran 64 plays for 317 yards. The North Texas Mean Green ended up running the ball 32 times and amassed 89 yds, which had them averaging 2.8 yards per carry. When it came to stopping the run, the Mean Green gave up 203 yards on 47 tries, which averages out to 4.3 yds per run surrendered. North Texas relinquished 22 pass completions on 31 tries for a total of 228 yards, and a completion percentage of 71.0%.
The Mean Green had 5,603 total yards for the prior year. North Texas compiled 12 touchdowns through the air and 33 rushing touchdowns. They surrendered the football 18 times. North Texas recorded 300 1st downs as a team, and they committed 94 penalties for 891 yds. As a unit they averaged 233.9 yds via the ground game, which ranked them 5th in the nation. When it comes to putting the ball in the endzone, the North Texas Mean Green were sitting at 27.5 points per outing.
The Mean Green were ranked 78th in college football in terms of team defense, allowing 27.5 points per game. They gave up 4.1 yards per tote and 156.6 yards on the ground per game throughout last year. Overall, they conceded 2,036 rushing yards through 13 games. Concerning yards via the pass, the Mean Green gave up 2,933 yards which had them ranked 75th in D-1. During their 13 games, they allowed 225.6 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 59.9%. They allowed 382.2 yards/contest which had them sitting 67th in college football. They surrendered 25 passing touchdowns as well as 18 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Miners wrapped up their season having earned a 7-6 record. The last time they took the field, the Miners walked away with a loss by a score of 31-24 when they played the Fresno State Bulldogs. Gavin Hardison (1 touchdown) walked away from the contest with 252 yds on 12/25 through the air while his QB rate was 137.9. He tossed 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 10.08. Ronald Awatt carried the ball 14 times for 40 yds, ending the game with 2.9 yds per carry for UTEP. The Miners finished the game with a total of 401 yards on 56 plays (7.2 yds per play). UTEP ran the football for 3.4 yards per tote, totaling 98 yards on 29 carries. UTEP relinquished 35 rush attempts for 183 yds (5.2 yards per carry). The Miners secondary gave up a completion percentage of 63.4%, surrendering 286 yds on 26 for 41 through the air.
The UTEP Miners held an average of 393.7 yards/contest, which ranked them 70th in the nation. The UTEP offense had 967 yds of penalties on 111 infractions, which had them ranked 5th in college football in terms of giving up free yards. Last year, the Miners earned 3,283 yards via the pass along with averaging 252.5 passing yards per outing, which had them ranked 51st in Division 1. In terms of this team's ability to score points, the Miners had a ranking of 90th in the nation scoring 25.1 PPG.
UTEP allowed the opposition a total of 1,815 yards via the ground game (139.6 yards per outing) and 22 touchdowns on the ground last season. They conceded 16 touchdowns through the air and 209.8 yards per outing, ranking them 37th in the nation. The Miners defense took the field for 863 plays, which was good for 71st in college football. The Miners conceded 25.2 points per game, which put them in 53rd in D-1. In total, they relinquished 328 total points.
Who will win tonight's Mean Green/Miners college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Miners +4
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