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College Football Handicapping: Week 7
(0-0) UTEP Miners vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (0-0)
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: M.M Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
NCAA Football Spread: SOUTHERN MISS -23
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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While suffering through an abysmal 0-6 season, the UTEP Miners at least put up more of a fight this past week, under new interim head coach Mike Price (a former longtime coach of the program). The Miners lost narrowly to Western Kentucky, 15-14. Still, the gang from west Texas will be clear underdogs when they travel to Hattiesburg this Saturday to take on Southern Miss.
The Golden Eagles aren’t world-beaters either; they sit only in the middle of the pack of the Conference-USA’s West division, achieving a .500 record in conference play (1-1) and 3-2 overall. There should be a distinct possibility of a record-padding win for the home team this weekend.
Last week showcased the first time this campaign that Texas-El Paso was able to make some stops on defense. It was literally the first week of the year that opposing offenses didn’t tear them to pieces.
That hopefully augurs well for the rest of the season under Coach Price. Yet, the mark of a bad team is finding new and creative ways to lose. The Miners have that nailed after kicker Brady Viles missed three field goals (including a 39-yarder) in the loss to WKU.
Hopefully the 71-year old Price can find someone on the roster who can put the ball through the uprights.
An encouraging sign was starting QB Zack Greenlee having strong chemistry with junior WR Kavika Johnson, who he hooked up with a TD pass while also running one in for a major. Texas-El Paso will need more plays of that variety to have success against Southern Miss in hostile territory.
Greenlee looks to have wrested the starting QB job away from local product junior Ryan Metz, who maybe scored some sentimentality points, being from El Paso and all, but certainly didn’t put many points on the scoreboard.
Four and a half yards per attempt, a 48% completion clip and one TD to three picks will not cut the mustard at any level of football.
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
The home team Eagles, although to this day still most famous for being the alma mater of NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre, have a notably more effective offense and defense than their competition this week. Bright spots include RB Ito Smith, who has amassed 613 rush yards on 90 carries (good for a robust 6.8 yards per carry) to go with five TDs.
Both starting QBs, junior Kwadra Griggs and sophomore Keon Howard, have been effective when under center. Griggs has thrown eight TDs to just one interception, while Howard is completing 63% of his passes and hasn’t thrown a pick in 43 attempts.
On the other side of the ball, Southern Miss’s defense ranks a respectable 43rd in the country in points against (22.6 per game). That kind of support should stymie UTEP’s pop-gun attack, while Griggs, Smith, Howard and WR Korey Robertson light up the scoreboard.
The UTEP Miners showed some fight under the regime change this past week, but they’ll need a lot more than simply good vibes to achieve a better result on the road in Hattiesburg.
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Ultimately, the Golden Eagles have too many offensive weapons to be contained in this match-up, especially since they have a special teams unit that can also be explosive (the return game has already brought back a couple of attempts for six points).
However, UTEP is trending in the right direction under Coach Price, one of the more successful coaches in the school’s history during his tenure from 2004-12.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Southern Miss -14.5.
I definitely see Southern Miss winning this game, but UTEP’s more robust compete level last week gives me some encouragement that its results will continue to gradually improve.
The possibility is still very real that UTEP loses out the 2017 campaign, but I don’t think it’ll be quite the romp the oddsmakers predict. Forgive me for being an optimist.
Week 7 Free Score Prediction: Southern Miss 28 – UTEP 14
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