No. 16 UTSA @ UTEP
Current Records: UTSA 8-0; UTEP 6-2
What to Know
The UTEP Miners haven’t won a contest against the UTSA Roadrunners since Oct. 22 of 2016, but they’ll be looking to end the drought on Saturday. UTEP and UTSA will face off in a Conference USA battle at 10:15 p.m. ET at Sun Bowl. The Miners are out to keep their four-game home win streak alive.
It was close but no cigar for UTEP as they fell 28-25 to the Florida Atlantic Owls last week. Despite the defeat, UTEP got a solid performance out of WR Tyrin Smith, who caught four passes for one TD and 114 yards. Smith hadn’t helped his team much against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs three weeks ago, so this was a nice turnaround for him.
Meanwhile, UTSA took their matchup against Louisiana Tech two weeks ago by a conclusive 45-16 score. The Roadrunners’ RB Sincere McCormick did his thing and rushed for three TDs and 113 yards on 23 carries.
The Miners are the clear underdogs, so they’re hoping it’s the size of the fight that determines this one. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread, however, as they are currently on a five-game streak of ATS wins.
UTEP is now 6-2 while UTSA sits at 8-0. Two defensive stats to keep an eye on: UTEP is stumbling into the game with the 149th most touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 14 on the season. UTSA has experienced some struggles of their own as they are 214th worst in the nation in passing touchdowns allowed, with 13 on the season. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
When: Saturday at 10:15 p.m. ETWhere: Sun Bowl — El Paso, TexasTV: ESPN2Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)Follow: CBS Sports…..