New Mexico Lobos vs. Texas El Paso Miners Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/30/14
Texas El Paso Miners (0-0) at New Mexico Lobos (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm (University Stadium)
The Line: New Mexico Lobos -7.5 -- Over/Under: 66 See the Latest Odds
TV: Mountain West Network
The Texas-El Paso Miners travel to Albuquerque to take the field with the New Mexico Lobos.
The Texas-El Paso Miners won just two games a year ago with the second half of the season featuring an offense that couldn't score and a defense that couldn't keep opposing attacks out of the endzone. Much of the Miners offensive woes could be blamed on the shoulder injury to quarterback Jameill Showers who is healthy and has talent around him in 2014. The top four runners led by Aaron Jones are back and the Miners will keep the ball on the ground as much as possible behind a decent line especially with leading receiver Jordan Leslie transferring. The UTEP passing game needs work but should improve if Showers stays healthy. The defense has a little more experience which will matter if this group stays injury free.
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The New Mexico Lobos looked like a service academy in 2013 with their run first philosophy that was one of the best rushing attacks in the nation. Lobos Quarterback Cole Gautsche hopes for more production which seems likely if he can avoid more concussion problems. With Kasey Carrier gone Gautsche and three returning runners should be able to shoulder the New Mexico rushing game with the occasional pass mixed in. The top three receivers return although the Lobos seldom put the ball in the air with Gautsche being a sub 50% passer. Bob Davies has expressed the desire to put the ball in the air more but seeing is believing. The Lobos defense was run on with frequency which is the biggest issue in 2014.
This isn't a favorite of mine but my thinking is both teams will be able to run although getting defensive stops is a concern. I can see this going either way with the points so right now I'll take them and watch the line...