Free Week 1 Prediction: Lumberjacks vs. Miners Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs. UTEP Miners (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 5th, 2020
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: UTEP -7.5
NCAA Betting Total: O/U 54.5
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Stephen F. Austin will open their 2020 college football season on the road against the UTEP Miners in a non-conference battle of Texas schools in the Sun Bowl.
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
The Lumberjacks are coming off a 3-9 record in 2019 and a 3-6 record in the Southland Conference. Stephen F. Austin will try to build on their win total as they a good amount of starters returning to the team. They have eight offensive starters returning and nine defensive starters coming back for them to El Paso.
One of those starters returning is redshirt junior QB Trae Self who completed 212 of 397 passes (53.4 percent) for 2,550 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2019. Also returning is senior running back Josh McGowen, who rushed 125 times for 471 yards a year ago. As a sophomore he averaged 58.5 yards per game, appearing in all 10 games and making three starts at running back.
A great sign for SFA (Stephen F. Austin) is the fact that LB Marcus Mosely Jr. is returning on the defense as he led the 2019 team with 9 1/2 tackles for loss.
2019 was a year to forgot for the UTEP team as they finished the season 1-11 while going 0-8 in the USA conference. The Miners finished their season on an 11-game losing streak after winning the home opener in the first game of the season.
Third-year head coach Dana Dimel looks to lead his team to a winning record for the first time since 2014 when they finished 7-6. Dimel will have the task of breaking in Sophomore QB Gavin Hardison. After having very little passing action over the last two years, Hardison showed promise in 2019 completing 27 of 61 passes for 353 yards with one TD and zero INT.
Hardison also has a group of skilled receivers he can throw to this year in Devaughn Cooper, Justin Garrett, and deep-threat Jacob Cowing.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Stephen F. Austin’s last 5 games.
- Stephen F. Austin is 0-10 SU in their last 10 games.
- Stephen F. Austin is 0-15 SU in their last 15 games on the road.
- Stephen F. Austin is 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games played in September.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas El Paso’s last 6 games.
- Texas El Paso is 0-10 SU in their last 10 games.
- Texas El Paso is 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games at home
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction:
I think UTEP wins this one handily behind their new QB, Gavin Hardison. We have very little tape on what Hardison can do, but in his limited action last season he looked okay. SFA still has a weak front seven and won’t be able to keep up with a rush attack from UTEP either, so give me the Miners in a blowout.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: UTEP -7.5
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