UTEP Miners (3-7) vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-7)
UTEP Miners vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 11/18/23 – At Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium on Saturday, November 18th 2023, two NCAAF rivals will battle it out for supremacy – the UTEP Miners will square off against Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. Both teams have experienced challenging seasons, so this contest provides both teams an opportunity to finish on an upbeat note. Today we will go deep into analyzing statistics, key players, and betting trends in order to provide you with NCAAF winning tips in this matchup.
The UTEP Miners have had a tough season so far, currently sitting at 3-7. Running back Deion Hankins has been an asset to Hardison with 746 yards on 139 attempts for an average 5.4 yards per carry average and three touchdowns to his name, making him a key factor for this matchup. Kelly Akharaiyi has proven invaluable with 37 receptions for 786 yards and five receiving touchdowns; including an 80-yard long reception that could prove decisive against USF in this matchup.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders share the same 3-7 record as their opponents, the UTEP Miners. UTEP Miner running back Jaiden Credle has contributed significantly to their ground game, amassing 389 yards on 81 attempts with an average yards-per-carry average of 4.8 and picking up crucial first downs and keeping defenses guessing. Wide receiver Elijah Metcalf has been Vattiato’s go-to target; his 49 receptions for 583 yards yielding six receiving touchdowns alone could make him an invaluable weapon come game day.
UTEP Miners vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Game Info
|When:||Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 2:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium|
Gavin Hardison QB vs. Nicholas Vattiato QB
Gavin Hardison has led the UTEP Miners’ offense with impressive statistics: 73 out of 129 attempts completed for 947 yards at 56.6% completion percentage with five touchdown passes and seven interceptions in return. Hardison will need to deliver accurate throws and minimize turnovers to give his team a fighting chance at victory.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders quarterback Nicholas Vattiato has been instrumental in their offensive success this season. Vattiato completed 239 of 356 attempts for 2,609 yards at an impressive 67.1% completion rate; 20 touchdown passes against 9 interceptions makes Vattiato an invaluable playmaker for Middle Tennessee and maintaining composure under pressure will be crucial in this matchup.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -280, Total Odds: 48
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are currently favored by 7.5 points, with a moneyline of -280. The total points for the game have been set at 48, with the over (-115) and under (-105) options available. The odds suggest that Middle Tennessee is the favorite to win this game, both straight up and against the spread.
UTEP Miners Betting Trends
The UTEP Miners have experienced an uphill struggle this season, posting only 3-7 record. Recently they’ve seen four out of their last five total points go under, suggesting a trend toward lower scoring contests. Furthermore, only two of their eight recent games outright won are outright and just once has covered spread in that span; yet within their conference they’ve managed to do this successfully in recent contests.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Betting Trends
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have had their share of ups and downs this season, currently holding a 3-7 record. Home performance has been relatively better in recent weeks with five of seven home wins outright being outright victories; moreover they boast an impressive 5-1 straight up record against Conference USA conference opponents over their last six matchups, with five of seven such games going over total points expectations; four out of their last five Saturday games have seen total points go under as well!
UTEP Miners vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 11/18/23 Betting Picks
Given their current form and betting odds, Middle Tennessee seems like the clear winner here. They have shown greater consistency at home games recently and possess an experienced quarterback such as Nicholas Vattiato to guide their offense effectively. Meanwhile, UTEP may struggle to cover a 7.5-point spread with their recent struggles.
As for the total points, the trends suggest that the game might see more scoring than expected. Both teams have key playmakers in their offenses, and if the quarterbacks can avoid turnovers, we could witness a competitive and high-scoring contest. Expert point spread picks considered the over 48 total points might be a reasonable option.
Free Pick and Prediction: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 31, UTEP Miners 21