Free Week 3 Prediction: Black Knights vs Miners Odds
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(2-0) Army Black Knights vs. UTEP Miners (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Army -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: 46.5
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Army hasn’t won more than 4 games since 2010 so this 2-0 start is exciting for the Cadets. They have a great chance to run that record to 3-0 on Saturday as they are favoured against UTEP.
Even next week against Buffalo looks like a great spot for a victory the way they are playing right now. It is always good when the service academies are respectable.
The Miners are not among the top teams in Conference USA this season.
Last week they helped fuel Longhorns hype losing 41-7 but it is kind of a wakeup call for them that they are not favoured at home in this one. These programs have never met and it will be a rare prime-time game for both programs.
A nice bonus for Army.
Army Black Knights
Army made a big statement in the first week of the season when they dropped Temple.
A cover would have made us punters happy but they won outright and then carried that momentum into another win last week against Rice.
They were -8.5 against the Owls but they covered that too. Two questions have to be on everyone’s mind heading into this one.
First, are they really this good? Second, can they beat a team not named the Owls.
Like the other service academies Army is all about running the football, as long as they can do that they can hang with a lot of teams and UTEP is one of them.
After running for 348 yards against Rice they are 4th in the nation in rushing and they even completed the majority of their passes too. The key thing for Army is they have to play with the lead.
That is something they can do in this one once again.
After week one the Miners should have been feeling good, they ran all over New Mexico State, literally, putting up good numbers in the victory.
Good might have been an understatement as running back Aaron Jones was a fantasy darling with 249 yards rushing and 2TDs, plus three catches for good measure.
Quarterback Zach Greenlee, a transfer from Fresno State also looked sharp with three TD passes.
UTEP should be able to move the ball against the Knights.
This one will probably come down to which teams avoids mistakes like penalties and turnovers but if they play to their potential they can probably win this one.
One thing they have to avoid is the hangover effect from betting beaten so soundly last week, it takes a physical and mental toll.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Black Knights are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
- Black Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on turf.
- Under is 4-0 in Black Knights last 4 non-conference games.
- Miners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- Under is 4-0 in Miners last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Miners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
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This is an interesting line as Army is not favoured often and rarely on the road. The number is justified and they have a way of being the kind of visitor that doesn’t draw the ire of the home crowd.
It might not be fair to the Miners in this case but it is true. Nobody hates Army, except for Navy.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Army -3.5
Normally I am an underdog bettor and if you can get a home dog all the better but in this case I like the momentum Army brings to UTEP.
They may be catching the Miners at just the right time.
Looks for this one to see saw for a bit and then Army to seize the lead and never give it up.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Army 31 – UTEP 21
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