The UTEP Miners and FIU Panthers meet Saturday in week 12 C-USA college football action at Sun Bowl. The Florida International Panthers have lost 4 of their last 6 games. The UTEP Miners have lost 3 of their last 4 games.
The Florida International Panthers have lost 3 of their last 5 road games. Grayson James is completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 1,906 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Tyrese Chambers and Kris Mitchell have combined for 828 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns, while Jalen Bracey has 35 receptions. The Florida International Panthers ground game is averaging 115.7 yards per contest, and Lexington Joesph leads the way with 508 yards and 5 touchdowns. Defensively, FIU is allowing 37.4 points and 425.1 yards per game. Gaethan Bernadel leads the Florida International Panthers with 81 tackles, Shaun Peterson Jr. has 5 sacks and Dorian Hall has 2 interceptions.
The UTEP Miners have won 3 of their last 4 home games. Gavin Hardison is completing 52.1 percent of his passes for 2,044 yards, 11 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Tyrin Smith and Reynaldo Flores have combined for 1,372 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, while Kelly Akharaiyi has 16 receptions. The UTEP Miners ground game is averaging 145.2 yards per contest, and Deion Hankings leads the way with 589 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, UTEP is allowing 28.4 points and 371.2 yards per game. Tyrice Knight leads the UTEP Miners with 87 tackles, Jadrian Taylor has 8 sacks and Ilijah Johnson has 2 interceptions.
The Panthers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Miners are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 17-6 in Panthers last 23 road games. The under is 7-3 in Miners last 10 games overall.
The FIU Panthers continue to make a case as one of the worst teams in college football, especially on defense, and they just got smoked by their rival FAU. The last thing FIU wants is to go on the road. The UTEP Miners need to win out to clinch a bowl berth, and it's senior night for this club as well. While not world beaters themselves, this line indicates just how bad FIU is. It's UTEP and the chalk or pass for me.