Free NCAA Football Prediction: Miners vs. Broncos Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 2
(2-0) UTEP Miners vs. Boise State Broncos (0-1)
Date: Friday, September 10th, 2021
Time: 9:30 pm EST
Venue: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Miners +27, Broncos -27
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Miners +1400, Broncos -5000
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 55
The Boise State Broncos host the UTEP Miners for their home opener. These two programs haven’t met since 2005, but Boise State has won all five matchups.
The UTEP Miners kicked off their season with two straight victories over Bethune Cookman and New Mexico State. The Broncos will present a much tougher challenge for the Miners, but they’ve shown improvement from last season through two weeks.
Gavin Hardison returned after starting in 2020, and he’s been solid through these first two games. He went 11-16 in the opener with 249 and a score, and he threw for 183 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Bethune.
Ronald Awatt is coming off of a career-high 126 rushing yards last week, and he’s scored in both games. Willie Eldridge also ran for career-high 118 yards last week, giving the Miners a solid duo in the backfield.
Jacob Cowing has led the Miners in receiving for the past two seasons, and he’s on his way to doing it for a third time. After catching five passes for 158 yards in the opener, he scored last week in the run-heavy win over the Wildcats.
Boise State Broncos
The Boise State Broncos started their season with a road loss to the UCF Golden Knights. The Broncos jumped out to a 24-7 lead before half, but they couldn’t contain UCF in the second half, giving up over 500 yards, and losing the game, 36-31.
Hank Bachmeier returned after two years of experience. The junior quarterback completed 25 of 39 passes for 263 yards with two touchdowns, but a timely interception down the stretch that would go on to cost Boise the game.
The Broncos couldn’t get much going on the ground against UCF. Senior Andrew Van Buren had ten carries for 26 yards and a touchdown, while fellow senior back Cyrus Habibi-Likio gained 23 yards and caught three passes.
Senior wideout Khalil Shakir returned in star form after leading the Broncos in receiving for the last two seasons. He caught five passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, while Stefan Cobbs brought in four passes for 63 yards.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick
There are a few angles to approach this Friday night battle. Neither team should be feared defensively, with Boise giving up over 600 yards, and UTEP playing on the road after giving up 28 points to Bethune-Cookman at home.
4* Free Week 2 NCAA Betting Pick: Boise State -27
The over will be appealing, but the possibility of Boise jumping out to a large lead and UTEP not being able to catch up sounds like a real possibility. The Miners haven’t shown much in the passing game, and if the Broncos get things going early it could be a rout. Defensive touchdowns could be scored, as things could dark on the blue turf for the visitors.
Look for the Broncos to get the ground game going and respond to a tough week one loss with a big win as hosts. Take Boise State’s spread in their home opener.
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