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UNLV vs. UTEP - 9/8/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
UTEP Miners (0-1) at UNLV Rebels (0-1)
Date & Time Saturday September 8, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: UNLV Rebels -22.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
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CFB | UTEP Miners (0-1) at UNLV Rebels (0-1)
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The UTEP Miners and the UNLV Rebels will be meeting up in college football activity at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, September 8. 

UTEP comes into this one at 0-1 following an opening-week loss to the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. In that one, the Miners were down 17-10 at halftime and couldn’t score any more on the way to a 30-10 defeat. 

Kai Locksley led the Miners in passing in the opening week, with 120 yards and a pick on 13-of-26 passing. Ryan Metz would add seven more yards and an INT on 2-of-5 throwing. Locksley also led UTEP in rushing with 18 carries for 50 yards. 

Over on the UNLV side, they’re also 0-1 entering this game. The Rebels had a tough matchup against USC in their first game, and ended up falling 43-21. UNLV had an early lead in that one, but 24 points allowed in the fourth quarter did them in. 

Armani Rogers had an up-and-down day in UNLV’s opener, going 12-of-27 for 97 yards and two TDs. Lexington Thomas had a great afternoon on the ground, leading the Rebels with 136 yards and a TD from 14 carries. 

The Miners are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games on turf and 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games. UTEP is also 0-4 ATS in their last four versus a team with a losing record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four road games. 

Meanwhile, the Rebels are 4-0 ATS in their last four games in September and 5-1 ATS in their last six following a straight-up loss. The Rebels are also 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five following an ATS win. 

Looking at the box score from UTEP’s first game, there’s not a whole lot to be happy about. We saw a few flashes from some of the receivers but otherwise we don’t have much here. It’s a little easier to look at UNLV and find positives, but they’re going to have to tighten the defensive screws later in the game. All of that said, I can’t pick against UNLV here.

Pick:
UNLV Rebels -22.5

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