Gameday Need To Know – UTEP

Here’s everything you need to know about Louisiana Tech’s game against UTEP on Friday:

Quick Game Info

πŸ“…: Friday, September 29th
πŸ•—: 8:00 pm CT
🏟️: Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)
πŸ“Ί: CBS Sports Network
πŸ“»: KXKZ 107.5 FM

Series History

The Bulldogs are 15-3-1 all-time against UTEP in a series that dates back to 1939, although the teams only played once between 1942 and 2001.

In the C-USA era, Tech is 9-1 against the Miners with the lone loss coming in the weirdness that was the 2020 season

Your Weekly To-Do List

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☐ Watch Tech beat Nebraska

The UTEP Offense

The Miners have struggled to move the ball on the ground against FBS teams, averaging only 2.9 yards per carry and 100 yards per game. But against FCS Incarnate Word, UTEP was successful on the ground – rushing for 329 yards on 50 carries.

But, again, that was against an FCS team.Β 

UTEP is a bit better through the air on the season, but they’ve struggled with sacks and turnovers that have kept the Miners from scoring more than 14.8 points per FBS game.

The UTEP Defense

The Tech offense has worked best this year when they can run the ball, and fortunately it looks like they’ll be able to do that against UTEP.Β The Miners are 9th worst in college football at defending the run, allowing 5.8 yards per rush to FBS opponents.

Just like it is on the other side of the ball, the UTEP pass defense is slightly better statistically. But opponents have decided to keep the ball on the ground often against the poor run D. Three out of every five plays run against UTEP this year has been a run, that’s the 9th most in college football.

Other's Predictions

Massey Ratings
46% chance to win, 27-24 UTEP

49.9% chance to win

EVEN. Over/Under of 50.5
So a 25.25 to 25.25 final score predicted.

Our Predictions

Matt (@DenizenMatt): Tech 27 – UTEP 13

Evan (@EvanRSpencer): Tech 30 – UTEP 16

Nathan (@ntruppel): Tech 24 – UTEP 10

Courtney (@scientistcourt): Tech 27 – UTEP 24

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