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UTEP Miners vs. Old Dominion Monarchs - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Old Dominion Monarchs (4-3) at UTEP Miners (2-5)
Date & Time Saturday October 29, 2016, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: UTEP Miners +4 -- Over/Under: 55.5
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CFB | Old Dominion Monarchs (4-3) at UTEP Miners (2-5)

The Old Dominion Monarchs will travel to play the UTEP Miners in a C-USA college football game on Saturday.

The UTEP Miners are 2-5 (1-3) this season after beating UTSA by a score of 52-49 in 5 overtimes in their last game. UTEP was outgained in total yards in this game but was able to hang on in overtime and finally prevailed in the 5th frame. The UTEP offense is averaging 20.9 points per game with 155.3 rushing yards and 192.9 passing yards per game. Ryan Metz is completing 66.2% of his passes for 524 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception for UTEP. Aaron Jones has rushed for 846 yards and 8 touchdowns, while Quadraiz Wadley has added 106 rushing yards for the Miners. Eddie Sinegal has caught 18 passes for 219 yards, while Cole Freytag has caught 17 passes for 294 yards and 2 touchdowns for UTEP. The UTEP defense is giving up 39.3 points per game with 238.6 rushing yards and 211.4 passing yards per game. Nick Usher has led the Miners defense with 53 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks, while Dashone Smith has added 34 tackles and 1 interception. Jay Mattox has gone 2-3 on field goals for UTEP, with a long of 32 yards.

The Old Dominion Monarchs are 4-3 (2-1) this season after losing to Western Kentucky by a score of 59-24 in their last game. Old Dominion has won 3 of their last 4 games this season. The Old Dominion offense is averaging 32.6 points per game with 181.6 rushing yards and 231.1 passing yards per game. David Washington is completing 57% of his passes for 1486 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Old Dominion. Jeremy Cox has rushed for 453 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Ray Lawry has added 400 yards and 3 scores for the Monarchs. Zach Pascal has caught 37 passes for 518 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Jonathan Duhart has caught 20 passes for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns for Old Dominion. The Old Dominion defense is giving up 30.3 points per game with 171.7 rushing yards and 245.9 passing yards per game. TJ Ricks has led the Old Dominion defense with 60 tackles and .5 sacks, while Anthony Wilson has added 50 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. Brad Davis has gone 5-6 on field goals for the Monarchs, with a long of 38 yards.

Old Dominion is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on turf and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The over is 5-0 in Old Dominion’s last 5 conference games. UTEP is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 October games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games. The under is 9-3 in UTEP’s last 12 games on turf.

These two teams come into this game at two different stages of their season. Old Dominion is competing for a conference championship, while UTEP is just trying to hang on for a bowl opportunity. UTEP’s defense has struggled this season and I think Old Dominion will be able to take advantage of that. UTEP’s offense is inconsistent, but they will be at home for this game. I like Old Dominion to get the win on the road here.

Old Dominion Monarchs -4

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