Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. UTEP Miners - 10/31/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas El Paso Miners (3-4) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (5-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm (MM Roberts Stadium)
The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas El Paso Miners go on the road to face the improved Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
The banged up Texas El Paso Miners came up big in week eight with a 27-17 victory versus visiting Florida Atlantic. The Owls did all their scoring in the second but the Miners shut them down the rest of the way. Both teams finished with 410 yards but FAU lost a pair of fumbles and threw an interception to kill their chances. UTEP was outstanding through the air behind quarterback Mack Leftwich who threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns on 20-39 with Tyler Batson logging three receptions for 173 yards and a pair of scores. The Miners rushing attack was average at best with LaQuintus Dowell and Jeremiah Laufasa combining for 144 yards on 33 totes.
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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles are quietly looking at a postseason berth and improved their chances with a 44-10 victory at Charlotte as a 15 point favorite. It was a complete effort on both sides of the ball with USM holding a 480-257 yardage edge with three interceptions and 36+ minutes of possession including a kick return for a TD. Nick Mullens led a balanced attack with 265 passing yards and four touchdowns on 24-38 with Michael Thomas leading the Southern Miss receiving corps with six receptions for 105 yards and a score while Casey Martin grabbed eight passes for 54 yards and another TD. The Golden Eagles were solid on the ground with Jalen Richard totaling 114 yards on 13 carries and a score followed by an eleven tote, 80 yard effort from Delaunte Thornton.
The over is 4-0 in Miners last 4 road games and the under is 4-0 in Miners last 4 games on turf while going 5-0-1 in Miners last 6 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. The Golden Eagles are 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games while going 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on turf. I think the Miners are hurting and Southern Mississippi will be willing to pour it on…