We have some interesting C-USA football action as the UTEP Miners look to keep their great form by facing off with the Florida Atlantic Owls at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The Miners have won 4 straight games overall and have been a bit of a money-making machine for their bettors as of late, and they’ll look to avenge a 35-31 setback they suffered against FAU in their last meeting in 2016.
The Owls haven’t exactly been howling strong throughout the season and they’ve been quite inconsistent on both sides of the gridiron. Even so, oddsmakers are favoring them by 11.5 points, while the game total is set at just 48.5 points. Who’ll prevail? Let’s find out.
The Miners look to keep their winning streak aliveEven though they haven’t exactly met top-notch competition, the UTEP Miners have still been far better than most people expected entering the season. They’re riding an impressive 6-1 record after wins over New Mexico State (30-3), Bethune-Cookman (38-28), New Mexico (20-13), Old Dominion (28-21), Southern Miss (26-13), and Louisiana Tech (19-3). Their only loss came at Boise State (54-13) in the second week of the season.
The Miners are winners of four straight and more impressively, they’ve covered the spread in all 4 games. They were 6.5-point underdogs and got the straight-up win against Louisiana Tech thanks to an impressive performance by star wideout Jacob Cowing, who hauled 9 receptions in 11 targets for 166 yards. Running back Deion Hankins scored twice but also lost a couple of fumbles.
The Owls want to build off an impressive winThe Florida Atlantic Owls are far from a contending team and they’ve known that since the start of the season. But even if their 4-3 record or the stats may not show it, they’ve actually competed hard week in and week out. Sadly, they’ve still lost to Florida (35-14), Air Force (31-7), and UAB (31-14). They did beat Georgia Southern (38-6), Fordham (45-14), FIU (58-21), and Charlotte (38-9), though.
The Owls shut out Charlotte’s offense in the second half, limiting to 21 first downs and 4/17 in third-down conversions. The 49ers rushed for 77 yards and had 351 total yards in the contest, throwing for two interceptions and losing one fumble. Overall, the Owls only punted twice and totaled 427 yards in one of their most impressive performances of the season.
- Owls: are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Owls: are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Miners: are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Miners: are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.