Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas El Paso Miners CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Texas El Paso Miners (2-1) at Kansas State Wildcats (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Snyder Family Stadium)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -29.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The UTEP Miners and Kansas State Wildcats play Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
The UTEP Miners are looking for that one big victory that would put their program on the map and this could be it. Offensively, UTEP is going to run the ball as much as it can and control the clock and time of possession. The Miners are averaging an impressive 6.1 yards per carry and are led by Aaron Jones, who has 549 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 69 carries. UTEP already has nine runs that have produced 20 or more yards. However, former Texas A&M quarterback Jameill Showers has to improve if this UTEP offense is going to be balanced, as he’s completing just 52.4 percent of his passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. Still, UTEP is still a very dangerous team with its ground game. Defensively, the UTEP Miners are allowing 468.7 yards per game and have forced six turnovers and two sacks. Jameel Erving leads UTEP with 19 tackles and Nick Usher has four tackles for loss.
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The Kansas State Wildcats are looking to bounce back from a loss against Auburn, a game they probably should have won. Offensively, Kansas State is going to go as far as quarterback Jake Waters carries them, as he’s completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 707 yards and two touchdowns, and he’s the leading rusher for Kansas State with 186 yards. Star receiver Tyler Lockett leads Kansas State with 190 receiving yards, but he hasn’t scored since the opening week. The Wildcats need more production from Lockett and running back Charles Jones, who was held to just 22 rushing yards in the loss against Auburn. Defensively, the Kansas State Wildcats are allowing 324 yards and have forced three turnovers and five sacks. Randall Evans leads Kansas State with 19 solo tackles and Elijah Lee has 2.5 sacks.
The Miners are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 9-23 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 27-13-1 ATS in their last 41 games overall.
This spread makes no sense, as UTEP has shown its a team that can compete. UTEP already beat New Mexico on the road and was a play or two away from upsetting Texas Tech. Sure, Kansas State is the overall better team, but the Miners aren't a team you can overlook. I'll gladly take the points here, as this game will be a lot closer than most expect.