Free Week 1 Prediction: Miners vs Razorbacks Odds
College football betting sees the UTEP Miners taking on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday September 5th atDonald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
UTEP vs. Arkansas
Date:Saturday- September 5th
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue:Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas/strong>
NCAA Football Spread: Arkansas -33
NCAA Betting Total: 50
Expected to be a much improved team in 2015, the Arkansas Razorbacks open the season up at home as they welcome in the UTEP Miners on Saturday afternoon.
Arkansas finished off their 2014 campaign in solid fashion and really made a statement as they try to build off that momentum.
Arkansas defeated Ole Miss and Illinois down the stretch of the season and then took it to the Texas Longhorns as they rallied for a winning season to finish at 7-6.
As for UTEP, they will have a tough time competing in C-USA as they are expected to be a lower tier team in a purely offensive conference.
The Miners are coming off what they should definitely consider a solid year as they made a post season bowl for the first time since 2010. They finished with a winning record for the first time since 2005 as well.
UTEP unfortunately couldn’t get much done in search for their Bowl game win as they dropped a 21-6 decision to Utah State in the Gilead New Mexico Bowl.
The Miners are dominant run first team. With that, they will rely heavily on Senior RB Aaron Jones. The RB finished 4th in the conference with 14 touchdown rushes last season.
He also finished 4th in total rush yards in 2014 in the conference with 1321 yards.
The main problem for UTEP has been their passing game. UTEP had only 1858 yards as a team passing last season.
They’ll go with redshirt Freshman Mack Leftwich this season.
The Razorbacks have turned a bit of a corner for the first time under head coach Brett Bielema. Arkansas has struggled under Bielema in terms of their SEC play as they are just 2-14, but improved last season.
They had close losses against some of the top teams and they defeated LSU and Ole Miss to finish off their 2014 conference campaign.
Arkansas success, especially late in the season, came from their solid Senior QB Brandon Allen. The QB threw for 20 touchdowns to only 5 interceptions in 2014.
His play improved even more down the stretch when he led Arkansas to a 4-2 finish and had just 1 interception over 157 pass attempts.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Miners are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games.
- Miners are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf.
- Miners are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. SEC.
- Razorbacks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Razorbacks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction
Arkansas has a potential to be a legit dark horse in the SEC. They should have no problem here handling a weak UTEP defense.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Arkansas ATS
The Razorbacks are just so much more physical on both sides of the ball. They should have no problem cruising to an early lead and covering this big number.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Arkansas 55- UTEP 3
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