UTEP vs. Abilene Christian - 9/19/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Abilene Christian Wildcats (0-0) at UTEP Miners (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Sun Bowl)
The Line: UTEP Miners -4 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Abilene Christian Wildcats and UTEP Miners meet Saturday in college football action at the Sun Bowl.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats look for to start the season off with a victory after winning five games last year and going 1-5 on the road. The Abilene Christian Wildcats have lost eight of their last 12 road games. Sema'J Davis likely takes over at quarterback after throwing 59 passes last season with three touchdowns. Abilene Christian lost a lot of its offensive production from a year ago, but leading receiver Kobe Clark returns after catching 87 passes for 777 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, linebacker Jack Gibbens returns after 104 tackles, Kameron Stokes had eight sacks last season and Ryan Stapp had three interceptions. The Abilene Christian Wildcats are going to have their work cut out for them early on the offensive side of the ball, but they should be solid defensively out of the gate and that will give them a fighting chance to compete.
The UTEP Miners look for a feel good victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The UTEP Miners have lost five of their last six home games. Gavin Hardison is completing 52.7 percent of his passes for 353 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Hardison has two career touchdown passes on 116 pass attempts. Jacob Cowing and Justin Garrett have combined for 275 receiving yards and one touchdown while Walter Dawn Jr. has five receptions. The UTEP Miners ground game is averaging 97.5 yards per contest, and Deion Hankins leads the way with 147 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, UTEP is allowing 36.5 points and 459.5 yards per game. Dennis Barnes leads the UTEP Miners with 11 tackles, Tyrice Knight has one sack and Duron Lowe has one interception.
Will update with trends once they're released.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats weren't good on the road last season and are now making their season debut against a UTEP team that's played twice already. In this climate, that's key due to limited practices and not normal preparation for the games or the season overall. Knowing the UTEP Miners have gotten some of the rust off and played a couple of games gives them a massive edge over Abilene Christian in this spot. We're also used to seeing FBS and FCS matchups with insane lines, so it feels like we're getting some value here with the Miners, even if they're on the lower end of FBS programs. Either way, I'll lay the small chalk with UTEP.