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Southern Miss Golden Eagles (2-1) vs. UTEP Miners (1-2)
Date: Saturday, September 24th
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Southern Miss -10.0
NCAA Betting Total: 60.5
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A goalline stand by Troy handed Southern Miss their first loss of the season and they’ll head to Texas to take on their first conference opponent in UTEP.
The reigning CUSA title game finalist will now get a chance to get rolling after getting tripped up in a non-conference game that they should have won.
UTEP has been blown out in their last two games and will need to slow down a Golden Eagle offensive attack that gained 523 yards in their matchup last season.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles were hoping to enter CUSA play undefeated and rolling. That plan got ruined a bit as they dropped a home game to Troy in their Week 3 matchup.
The Golden Eagles went on the road and knocked off an SEC team in Kentucky Week 1 before rolling Savannah State in their home opener.
Now, in their conference opener they will hope to return to form a bit.
They were haunted last week by 3 turnovers that all immediately turned into points.
After throwing for 4476 yards last season, senior quarterback Nick Mullens was supposed to be the horse behind a powerful Golden Eagle offense.
However, Mullens has thrown 6 interceptions in the first 3 games after throwing just 12 all of last season.
Expect Mullens to be trying to prove he can be as good or better than last season as Southern Miss takes on their first conference opponent.
Mullens had a 154.2 passer rating against conference opponents last season and did a lot of his damage on third down. Mullens completed 69 percent of his third down passes last season including 14 touchdowns – good for a 181 quarterback rating.
Mullens has the experience and talent to shake off a bad loss and I expect him to lead this unit into conference play with a dominant performance.
The Miners have given up 43 points per game in their first three games and have looked very unimpressive defensively.
Their defensive struggles are due largely in part to their inability to get off the field on third down.
They are 112th in the FBS in third down defense and that won’t bode well against one of the nation’s best third down passers.
The Miners have used a group of quarterbacks and none of them have been very good.
They have combined to complete just 56.2 percent of passes and will need to be much better in order to keep up with the Golden Eagles.
The Miners gave up 600 yards of total offense last week to Army and will be tested once again with a dynamic Southern Miss attack.
Expect the Miners to use running back Aaron Jones to control the tempo as they did against New Mexico State. In that game, Jones carried 31 times for 249 yards as the Miners won 38-22.
The Miners fell to Southern Miss last year 34-13 but didn’t put up much of a fight to the Golden Eagle attack.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Southern Miss is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games on turf.
- Over is 6-2 in Southern Miss’s last 8 games overall.
- Over is 7-2 in UTEP’s last 9 games in September.
- Southern Miss is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games as the road team.
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Mullens is one of the best in the nation on third down while UTEP is one of the worst defenses on third down. That being such a huge
factor in winning football games makes this one an even easier bet.
Southern Miss is much better than UTEP will get rolling to start conference play.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Southern Miss -10.0
After being nearly 10 point favorites last week and then losing outright, I would expect Southern Miss to more than cover this spread against the Miners.
Week 4 Free Score Prediction: Southern Miss 44 – UTEP 20
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