Free Week 1 Prediction: Aggies vs Miners Odds
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New Mexico State Aggies vs. UTEP Aggies
Date: Saturday, September 3rd
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: UTEP -9.5
NCAA Betting Total: 60
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Both the New Mexico State Aggies and UTEP Miners know how important starting this season off with a win is.
The two teams will meet inside Sun Bowl Stadium on Saturday night looking to get their 2016 campaigns off the right way.
New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies don’t have much to build off of from 2015.
New Mexico State finished just 3-9, losing 7 straight games to end the season. The Aggies did manage to build in a 3 game winning streak where they showed signs off offensive life that included a 55 point showing.
New Mexico State will look to find the same offense they had from last season. They ranked 5th in the Sun Belt with 28.6 points per game.
RB Larry Rose III (137.6 yards per game), had 14 touchdowns last year and figures to be the centerpiece once again to this Aggies offense.
Junior Tyler Rogers and Southern Miss graduate transfer Tyler Matthews will both compete for the starting QB job this season.
The Miners needed wins in 2 of their final 3 games to grab bowl eligibility, but Old Dominion and Louisiana Tech quickly ended their chances and UTEP ended up with a 5 win season.
UTEP will try to take the next step as they return 15 starters here in 2016.
The Miners offense hasn’t been a flashy one under head coach Sean Kugler. UTEP brought in Brent Pease, a new offensive coordinator, to try and shake things up a bit.
He’ll have a QB battle to decide, but has a lot to surround the inexperienced QB position with.
UTEP welcomes back RB Aaron Jones, who had an injury Week 2 last year that really set the Miners back. Jones is at 100% and expected to be make a giant impact this season.
Look for the Miners to still stick with the run first style and give Jones plenty of carries here against the Aggies.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
Aggies are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games in September.
Aggies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Aggies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. CUSA.
Miners are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Miners are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on turf.
Miners are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction
Both teams certainly aren’t going to overwhelm offensively.
With that in mind, the points here are a lot to give.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: New Mexico State +9.5
The Aggies should be able to stay in this one. Both offenses will use clock with this one coming down to the wire in a low scoring game.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: New Mexico State 24- UTEP 23
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