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LA Tech Bulldogs vs. UTEP Miners - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTEP Miners (1-3) at LA Tech Bulldogs (1-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Joe Aillet Stadium)

The Line: LA Tech Bulldogs -19 -- Over/Under: 57 See the Latest Odds


The UTEP Miners will travel to play the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in a C-USA game this weekend.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 1-3 (0-1) this season after losing to Middle Tennessee State by a score of 38-34 in their last game. Louisiana Tech had the lead in the fourth quarter, but gave up 21 points in the final frame for the loss. The Louisiana Tech offense is averaging 38 points per game with 166.8 rushing yards and 386.2 passing yards per game. Ryan Higgins is completing 62.9% of his passes for 1,224 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Louisiana Tech. Jarred Craft has rushed for 405 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Boston Scott has rushed for 78 yards and 1 touchdown for the Bulldogs. Trent Taylor has caught 43 passes for 632 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Carlos Henderson has caught 22 passes for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns for Louisiana Tech. The Louisiana Tech defense is giving up 35.5 points per game with 163.8 rushing yards and 288.5 passing yards per game. Jordan Harris has led the Louisiana Tech defense with 31 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, while Xavier Woods has added 26 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Jonathan Barnes has gone 8-10 on field goals for Louisiana Tech, with a long of 49 yards.

LA Tech Bulldogs vs. UTEP Miners - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The UTEP Miners are 1-3 (0-1) this season after losing to Southern Miss by a score of 34-7 in their last game. UTEP led the game in the first quarter, but it was all Southern Miss after that, scoring the last 31 points of the game. The UTEP offense is averaging 16.5 points per game with 164.2 rushing yards and 145.2 passing yards per game. Zack Greenlee is completing 53.4% of his passes for 435 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, while Ryan Metz is completing 60.9% of his passes for 98 yards for UTEP. Aaron Jones has rushed for 566 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Quadraiz Wadley has rushed for 86 yards for the Miners. Cole Freytag has caught 8 passes for 162 yards and touchdown, while Aaron Jones has caught 6 passes for 54 yards for UTEP. The UTEP defense is giving up 40.8 points per game with 234.5 rushing yards and 200.2 passing yards per game. Dante Lovilette has led the UTEP defense with 29 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss, while Nick Usher has added 26 tackles and 2 sacks. Jay Mattox has gone 1-1 on field goals for UTEP, with a long of 23 yards.

UTEP is 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games on turf and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The under is 4-0 in UTEP’s last 4 road games. Louisiana Tech is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss. The over is 4-0 in Louisiana Tech’s last 4 home games. The over is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.

UTEP comes into this game really struggling to generate offense, as they only average 16.5 points per game. Louisiana Tech has a much better offense, while both defenses need some work. I think the advantage lies heavily with the Bulldogs, so I am going with them at home in this one. 

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