UTEP Miners vs New Mexico Lobos Prediction, 9/17/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UTEP Miners vs New Mexico Lobos
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022
Location: University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM
Odds/Point Spread: Lobos (+5.5)
University Stadium is the location where the New Mexico Lobos (1-1) will attempt to beat the UTEP Miners (1-2) on Saturday. New Mexico opens this game as 5.5-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The total is set at 41.5.
The UTEP Miners come into this game with a record of 1-2 for this year. In their last game, the Miners faced off with the New Mexico State Aggies and went home with a win by a final score of 20-13. Ronald Awatt was the leader on the ground for the Miners with 21 attempts for 110 yds (5.2 yards per carry). Gavin Hardison went 13/27 with 158 yds passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 109.5 and walked away from the contest without throwing a pick. When it came to stopping the run, the Miners gave up 213 yards on 40 attempts, which averages out to 5.3 yds per run allowed. UTEP conceded 8 pass completions on 25 attempts for a total of 111 yards, and a completion rate of 32.0%. In the game, they ran 57 plays which converted into 261 yds. The UTEP Miners ran the football 30 times and had 103 yards, which came out to an average of 3.4 yards per carry.
The Miners have racked up 977 total yards for the season. In terms of scoring touchdowns, UTEP has amassed 2 touchdowns through the air and 2 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 4 different times. UTEP has accrued 65 1st downs offensively, and they have committed 16 penalties for 155 yards. As a unit they're holding an average of 79.3 yards rushing which has them sitting 120th in the nation. When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the UTEP Miners hold an average of 15.3 PPG.
The Miners sit in 96th in Division 1 concerning their opponents scoring, conceding 29.7 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.3 yards per tote and 211.7 yards on the ground per game for the season. During this campaign, they have conceded 635 rushing yards through 3 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Miners have conceded 580 yds which has them sitting in 108th in the country. They are giving up 193.3 yards per outing via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 50.6%. Overall, they are conceding 405.0 yards/game which puts them 96th in the nation. They have relinquished 5 touchdowns via the pass as well as 7 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Lobos step onto the field holding a record of 1-1 for this year. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Lobos took a loss by a final score of 31-14 when they played the Boise State Broncos. Miles Kendrick (1 touchdown) ended the contest with 98 yds on 9/28 through the air while his QB rating was 73.3. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 3.5. Sherod White ran the ball 2 times for 22 yards, ending the contest with 11.0 yds per carry for New Mexico. New Mexico ran for 0.9 yards per tote, finishing the game with 25 yds on 27 carries. The Lobos finished the game with a total of 123 yds on 55 plays (2.2 yards per play). The Lobos passing defense allowed a completion rate of 59.3%, relinquishing 170 yards on 16 for 27 through the air. New Mexico surrendered 36 rushing attempts for 148 yards (4.1 yards per carry).
When discussing their ability to score points, the Lobos sit 86th in the nation holding an average of 27.5 points per game. Over the course of the season so far, the Lobos currently have a total of 268 yards through the air as well as an average of 134.0 passing yards per outing, which has them sitting 122nd in the nation. The New Mexico Lobos hold an average of 280.0 yards per outing, which has them ranked 122nd in Division 1. The New Mexico offense has 129 yards of penalties on 16 infractions, which ranks them 40th in Division 1 in terms of making mistakes.
New Mexico has surrendered a total of 170 yards on the ground (85.0 yards per outing) in addition to 0 touchdowns via the rush so far this season. They have allowed the opposition 3 touchdowns through the air and 133.0 yards/game, which has them ranked 12th in Division 1. The Lobos defense has taken the field for 110 plays, which ranks 12th in the country. The Lobos are surrendering 15.5 points per game, which has them ranked 40th in Division 1. Over the course of the season, they have relinquished 31 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Miners/Lobos college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Miners -5.5
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