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UTEP vs New Mexico College Football Preview

The Miners of UTEP and the New Mexico Lobos are both looking to improve on their disappointing 2013 campaigns. UTEP finished 2-10 in the first year under head coach Sean Kugler, going 1-7 in Conference USA. The Lobos went 3-9 in 2013, with a 1-7 record in the Mountain West Conference. The Miners will look to senior quarterbackJameill Showers, whose 2013 season was cut short due to a shoulder injury, to run the offense. UTEP’s defense is looking to improve upon a unit that finished 118th in the nation in points allowed per game. The Lobos’ lone bright spot last year was their running game, which finished 4th in the country. New Mexico, however, graduated leading rusher Kasey Carrier and turn to junior Jhurell Pressley to try and replace Carrier’s 1122 yards. Junior quarterback Cole Gaustch was impressive on the ground for the Lobos, rushing for nearly 900 yards in 2013. He was, however, limited through the air and missed three games due to concussion issues. These two teams met in El Paso early last year, resulting in a thrilling 42-35 overtime win for the Lobos. Although neither team is in any national title talks, both are looking to improve on last year’s efforts. This should be an exciting game that is close throughout.

 

Keys to Game

UTEP

  • The Miners will look to Showers and his plethora of offensive weapons to lead them in a game that may be scarce on defense. Defensively, they will have to stop the dynamic backfield combo of Pressley and Gaustch on the ground, forcing Gaustch to throw.

New Mexico

  • The Lobos need to commit to the running game and control the ball, through Gaustch and Pressley. They must try and stay out of third-and-long situations. The defense will have some difficulty stopping the Miners’ offense, after giving up 42.8 points per game last season.

 

If last year was any indication, this game should definitely be entertaining. Look for this game to be a rather offensive matchup as both teams’ defenses were ranked near the bottom in points allowed per game last year. Expect another high scoring matchup that will be close down the wire.

 

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Odds/Line: New Mexico by +6.5 points

 

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