No. 16 UTSA @ UTEP
Current Records: UTSA 8-0; UTEP 6-2
What to Know
The UTEP Miners haven’t won a contest against the UTSA Roadrunners since Oct. 22 of 2016, but they’ll be looking to end the drought on Saturday. UTEP and UTSA will face off in a Conference USA battle at 10:15 p.m. ET at Sun Bowl. The Miners are out to keep their four-game home win streak alive.
It was close but no cigar for UTEP as they fell 28-25 to the Florida Atlantic Owls last week. Despite the defeat, UTEP got a solid performance out of WR Tyrin Smith, who caught four passes for one TD and 114 yards. Smith hadn’t helped his team much against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs three weeks ago, so this was a nice turnaround for him.
Meanwhile, UTSA took their matchup against Louisiana Tech two weeks ago by a conclusive 45-16 score. The Roadrunners’ RB Sincere McCormick did his thing and rushed for three TDs and 113 yards on 23 carries.
The Miners are the clear underdogs, so they’re hoping it’s the size of the fight that determines this one. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread, however, as they are currently on a five-game streak of ATS wins.
UTEP is now 6-2 while UTSA sits at 8-0. Two defensive stats to keep an eye on: UTEP is stumbling into the game with the 149th most touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 14 on the season. UTSA has experienced some struggles of their own as they are 214th worst in the nation in passing touchdowns allowed, with 13 on the season. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 10:15 p.m. ET
- Where: Sun Bowl — El Paso, Texas
- TV: ESPN2
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Roadrunners are a big 11-point favorite against the Miners, according to the latest college football odds.
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UTSA have won five out of their last six games against UTEP.
- Nov 14, 2020 – UTSA 52 vs. UTEP 21
- Oct 05, 2019 – UTSA 26 vs. UTEP 16
- Sep 29, 2018 – UTSA 30 vs. UTEP 21
- Oct 28, 2017 – UTSA 31 vs. UTEP 14
- Oct 22, 2016 – UTEP 52 vs. UTSA 49
- Oct 03, 2015 – UTSA 25 vs. UTEP 6