The UTEP Miners and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs step back into Conference USA play when they meet Friday at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. The Miners (1-4, 0-1 in Conference USA) have lost three in a row since defeating Incarnate Word 28-14 on Sept. 2. UTEP dropped a 17-14 decision at Jacksonville State to open the conference slate on Aug. 26. The Bulldogs (2-3, 1-0) are on a two-game slide following a 51-21 victory over Northwestern State on Sept. 9. Louisiana Tech opened conference play with a 22-17 win over Florida International on Aug. 26.
The game from Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. Louisiana Tech is allowing 28.8 points per game, while UTEP surrenders 29 points. The Miners are favored by 1 point in the latest Louisiana Tech vs. UTEP odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 51. Before making any UTEP vs. Louisiana Tech picks, be sure to check out the college football predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Louisiana Tech vs. UTEP spread: UTEP -1
- Louisiana Tech vs. UTEP over/under: 51 points
- Louisiana Tech vs. UTEP money line: Louisiana Tech -110, UTEP -109
- LAT: The Bulldogs have gone over the team total in five of their last six games
- UTEP: The Miners have hit the under game total in four of their last five home games
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Why UTEP can cover
The Miners have a pair of potent wide receivers in sophomore Jeremiah Ballard and junior Kelly Akharaiyi. Ballard scored his first touchdown of the season last Saturday against UNLV -- a 27-yard catch during the fourth quarter. He finished with 49 yards on two receptions. It was his second career score and first in a year since he scored a TD against Boise State on Sept. 23, 2022. He ranks second on the team with 207 yards on 12 receptions (17.3 average).
A week after having no receptions on eight targets, Akharaiyi responded with 92 yards on four catches against UNLV. He leads the Miners with 253 receiving yards on 14 catches (18.1 average) and one touchdown. His best game was in the season opener, when he caught four passes for 102 yards (25.5 average) and one touchdown. In two seasons at UTEP, Akharaiyi has 35 receptions for 528 yards (15.1 average) and two TDs. See which team to pick here.
Why Louisiana Tech can cover
Among the team leaders on offense is junior transfer running back Tyre Shelton, who has carried 21 times for 214 yards (10.2 average) and two touchdowns. In a 40-37 loss to North Texas on Sept. 16, he rushed 16 times for 152 yards (9.5 average) and one score. He did not play against Nebraska. For his career, which began at Miami (Ohio), Shelton has rushed 268 times for 1,367 yards (5.1 average) and nine TDs.
Defensively, senior Myles Heard leads the Bulldogs in tackles with 50, including 26 solo. After four seasons at Stephen F. Austin, Heard has stepped in and been a difference-maker. He had 14 tackles, including eight solo in the loss to North Texas, and had 15 in a 51-21 victory over Northwestern State on Sept. 9. For his career, Heard has 148 tackles, including 86 solo, with three pass breakups, five forced fumbles and two interceptions. See which team to pick here.
How to make Louisiana Tech vs. UTEP picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the point total, projecting 58 combined points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that hits in nearly 60% of simulations. You can only get the model's pick at SportsLine.
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