LA Tech Bulldogs (2-3) vs. UTEP Miners (5-1)
October 16, 2021 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: UTEP Miners +7 / LA Tech Bulldogs -7; Over/Under: 55
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The UTEP Miners meet the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in C-USA CFB action from the Sun Bowl on Saturday night.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs come into this game rested after a 34-27 loss to NC State last tiem out. Austin Kendall’s thrown for 1,178 yards, 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 61.4% passing while also rushing for 169 yards. Marcus Williams Jr. leads LA Tech with 317 rushing yads while four different Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have 200+ receiving yards this season. On defense, Trey Baldwin and Tyler Grubbs share LA Tech’s lead with 39 total tackles while Ben Bell and Levi Bell each have 3 sacks apiece this season.
The UTEP Miners will be looking to add to their 26-13 win over Southern Miss in their last matchup. Gavin Hardison’s thrown for 1,266 yards, 8 touchdowns and 6 picks on 55.8% passing while Ronald Awatt least the Miners with 445 rushing. Yards and 3 scores this season. Three other backs have at least 100 rushing yards for UTEP this season while Jacob Cowing leads the Miners’ receiving group with 26 catches for 609 yards an 4 TDs. Justin Garrett has 18 grabs for 305 yards while Tyrin Smith has 10 catches for 172 yards. On defense, Tyrice Knight and Breon Hayward each have a team-high 40 total tackles while Praise Amaewhule has a team-high 4 sacks and Jadrian Taylor has 3 sacks this season.
Louisiana Tech is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. UTEP is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
This is a tough game to call on the surface because Louisiana Tech’s played well and covered on the road, but they still lost both of those games and haven’t been in a big blowout scenario this season while UTEP is getting points at home, but the Miners really haven’t played anyone at home. Instead, I’m going to side with the under as these have proved to be two lower-scoring teams and I just think that points in this game will be coming at a premium so give me the under here.