Boise State Broncos (2-1) vs. UTEP Miners (1-3)
September 23, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: UTEP Miners +16.5 / Boise State Broncos -16.5; Over/Under: +46.5
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The UTEP Miners and Boise State Broncos do battle Friday in a week 4 college football contest from the Alamodome.
The Boise State Broncos will be looking to build on their 30-7 win over UT-Martin last time out to improve to 2-1 on the year. At the time this article was written, Hank Bachmeier’s thrown for 200 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 57.1% passing while Taylen Green’s thrown for 155 yards and a pick on 67.9% passing while also rushing for 102 yards and a pair of scores this season to lead the Broncos on the ground. Ashton Jeanty leads the Boise State receiving group with 8 grabs for 79 yards and Latrell Caples has a pair of TD grabs so far this season. On defense, DJ Schramm leads the Broncos with 15 total tackles including 8 solo tackles while Ezekiel Noa has 1.5 sacks and George Tarlas has a pair of sacks this season.
The UTEP Miners will try to bounce back after falling to 1-3 with a 27-10 loss to New Mexico last time out. At the time this article was written, Gavin Hardison has thrown for 690 yards and 2 touchdowns on 50.4% passing while Ronald Awatt has a team-high 190 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Miners on the ground. Tyrin Smith and Reynaldo Flores have combined for 38 receptions and 490 receiving yards so far this season to lead the Miners’ receiving group. On defense, Tyrice Knight and Kobe Hylton each have a team-high 23 total tackles with Knight logging 15 solo tackles this season.
Boise State is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games following a win while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 road games. UTEP is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Friday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games in September.
I’m not loving this game if I’m being 100% honest, but I’ll lean towards Boise State, mainly because Boise’s the better team here and while I don’t always go with the team A beat team B while B beat team C theory, Boise beat up on a New Mexico team that just picked apart UTEP and I think the Miners are going to have trouble with the Broncos, even at home here. Give me Boise State.