Free NCAA Football Prediction: Miners vs. Aggies Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 1
(0-0) UTEP Miners vs. New Mexico State Aggies (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 28th 2021
Time: 9:30 pm EST
Venue: Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Miners -10 | Aggies +10
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Miners -380 | Aggies +300
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 59
The UTEP Miners will be in New Mexico to take on the Aggies on Saturday at 9:30 ET.
Both of these programs are looking for a strong start of the 2021 campaign in a week zero matchup.
The Miners are looking to have a better 2021 season than their 2020 season. This team was 3-5 during the 2020 season.
The last few years have not been great for this program. Before last year, where they won 3 games, the Miners won only 2 games in the previous 3 years.
A big part of their struggles have come in conference. In the last 4 seasons, the Miners have a terrible record of 1-27 in Conference USA Games. They will look to start off strong against a non conference opponent in New Mexico State.
Believe it or not, winning 3 games was an accomplishment for them last year. The last time they had a winning record was 7 years ago.
This team was not good last year in the offensive department. They only averaged 139 yards per game on the ground and 209 yards through the air which led to them only scoring 22 points per game. The defense also had their struggles as they were allowing over 30 points per game. Gavin Hardison will be quarterbacking this team in 2021. He will look to improve on his 2020 season.
Their top running back Deion Hawkins returns this year. He ran for nearly 600 yards and scored 9 touchdowns in 2020.
New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies must be chomping at the bit to play this year. They did not play at all during 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
It is hard to tell what kind of team they will have this year without seeing them play last year. They will definitely look to improve upon their record in 2019 which included only 2 victories.
Clearly the oddsmakers are not giving the Aggies much credit as they are 10 point underdogs to a UTEP tem that is not all that great.
Jonah Johnson will most likely be the starting quarterback for the Aggies come Saturday. However, according to head Coach Doug Martin, there has been no official announcement as to who the starter is. It is still considered a quarterback competition.
The defense is a big question mark for this team. The last time this squad played a full season, they got consistently shredded on defense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Miners are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Miners are 12-5 in their last 17 games as a favorite.
- Favorite is 7-0 ATS in the 7 last head to head matchups.
- Aggies are 9-19-1 in their last 29 games overall.
- Aggies are 4-19 in their last 23 games ATS vs. Conference USA
- Aggies are 2-6 in their last 8 games vs. a home underdog.
- Aggies are 5-16-2 in their last 23 games as an underdog.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
This is a matchup between 2 teams that are clearly not that great. The Miners will look to build off of last year where they won 3 games. A big strength of this team is the rushing attack and a major weakness for the Aggies is their run defense. I expect UTEP to run the ball heavily in this game and for New Mexico State to struggle with it. I have a hard time believing that the Aggies will keep this came close in their first real game since 2019.
4* Free Week 1 NCAA Betting Pick: UTEP -10
I am inclined to lay the points with the Miners here. The game may be close for a bit, but I ultimately see UTEP being too much for New Mexico State to handle
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