Free Week 7 Prediction: Golden Eagles vs. Miners Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 7
(1-3) Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. UTEP Miners (3-2)
Date: Saturday, October 17th, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Southern Miss -6.5
NCAA Betting Total: 54.5
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With three wins already, the Miners have more than they have had in the last three seasons, combined.
Of course, they are not a juggernaut, but they might not be a joke anymore.
Southern Miss has just one win on the season. It came on the road a couple of weeks ago at North Texas.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Beating North Texas is nothing special but things were looking pretty bleak in Hattiesburg. Starting a season 0-3 at home and your coach resigning is about as bad as it gets.
Last week the Golden Eagles found some offense, scoring a season high 41 points. They are 23rd in the nation in passing offense.
They do have a familiar name in the backfield in Frank Gore Jr. He is not powerful like his dad, but the freshman is coming off his best game. The freshman ran for 130 yards last week.
Southern Miss does have to tighten things up on defense. They have not yielded less than 31 points in a game this season. They have not played a bunch of top offenses either.
For respectability sake a win on Saturday would be great. I am not sure they should be favored though.
The Miners might be 3-2 overall but they are just 0-1 in Conference USA. Only one of those wins is against an FBA opponent, Louisiana-Monroe.
For a program that had sunk as far as the Miners any hint of success is promising. Now they have to defend their home field.
The defense has been good. While the competition has been light they have been stingy yielding just 22ppg. (and that included giving up 59 to Texas)
The offense has to find something though. They are scoring just 18ppg. QB Davin Hardison has to be more efficient. He is in his first year as a starter.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 8-2 in USM last 10 games overall.
- Under is 6-2 in USM last 8 games in October.
- UTEP are 7-23 ATS in their last 30 games on turf.
- UTEP are 4-11 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- UTEP are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games.
Free Week 7 NCAA Football Pick
How to measure UTEP is hard. They are far from good but they seem to be on the rise. Just from a pretty low point.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: UTEP +6.5
I am not just blindly betting a home conference underdog here, I just have no comfort with Southern Miss. Low profile game so this number might not move much.
You can take a pass here too, obviously. I am sure there are too many who are supremely knowledgeable on lower tier Conference USA games. If you hit it, small play only.
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