Houston Baptist Huskies (3-5) at UTEP Miners (2-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 5, 2016, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: UTEP Miners -25 -- Over/Under: 52
The Houston Baptist Huskies and UTEP Miners meet Saturday in a college football matchup at the Sun Bowl.
The Houston Baptist Huskies would love their biggest victory of the season to make up for a 3-5 record. The Houston Baptist Huskies are 1-7 on the road since the start of last season. Tony Dawson is completing 49.3 percent of his passes for 1,312 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Dawson must be more of a difference maker through the air for the Huskies to compete in this game. Isaiah Hall and Wesley Lewis have combined for 539 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Ricardo Barnett has 15 receptions. The Houston Baptist Huskies ground game is averaging 182.5 yards per contest, and Terrance Peters leads the way with 511 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Houston Baptist is allowing 36.1 points and 252.8 yards per game. Dolan Garrett leads the Houston Baptist Huskies with 97 tackles, Andre Walker has 2.5 sacks and Dorrin Turner has one interception.
The UTEP Miners look for a feel good win to climb out of a rough 2-6 hole. The UTEP Miners must win out in order to become bowl eligible. Ryan Metz is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 726 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Metz and Zack Greenlee have combined for 10 touchdown passes this season. Cole Freytag and Hayden Plinke have combined for 618 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Eddie Sinegal has 20 receptions. The UTEP Miners ground game is averaging 152.3 yards per contest, and Aaron Jones leads the way with 940 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, UTEP is allowing 38.3 points and 444.1 yards per game. Dante Lovilette leads the UTEP Miners with 60 tackles, Nick Usher has four sacks and Dashone Smith has two interceptions.
The Miners are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on turf. The under is 6-0 in Miners last 6 games in November.
Even though Houston Baptist isn't a good football team on the road, this is a ton of points to lay with a UTEP squad that hasn't had a great season either. So, to avoid the line, I'm going to side with the over in this contest. Both defenses are easy to move the ball on and UTEP has the offensive playmakers to find the end zone often if you get caught sleeping. I like a lot of points in this matchup and for the over to hit.