The Boise State University Broncos (2-1, 1-1 Away) head to face the University of Texas-El Paso Miners (1-3, 1-1 Home) at Sun Bowl on Friday. The Broncos are 15.5-point favorites, and the total is 45.5. Boise State is coming off an impressive 30-7 win over UT Martin at Albertsons Stadium on Saturday. Hank Bachmeier was 18 of 25 for 204 yards and two touchdowns. George Holani ran 24 times for 110 yards and a touchdown. He added four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. Latrell Caples caught four passes for 48 yards. UTEP lost 27-10 to New Mexico at University Stadium on Saturday. Gavin Hardison threw for 199 yards and three interceptions. Ronald Awatt carried eight times for 35 yards. Tyrin Smith hauled in eight receptions for 83 yards.
The Broncos won the only meeting between the teams last season, a 54-13 victory in September. Bachmeier threw two touchdowns for Boise State.
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The Broncos are averaging 26.0 points per game so far this season, 91st in FBS, and they are facing a Miners defense that has surrendered 29.0 PPG (88th). Meanwhile, UTEP has scored 14.0 points a game this season, 123rd in the nation, and Boise State is allowing 18.3 PPG (39th).The Broncos rank 104th in the nation in passing yards per game (186.3) and 93rd in rushing (132.3). Look for them to exploit a matchup advantage on the ground, as the Miners are 116th in the country in rushing yards allowed per game (199.3). Against the pass, UTEP is 23rd (172.8).UTEP has been one of the country’s least productive rushing teams, averaging 74.3 yards per game (123rd), while ranking 81st in passing yards (236.5). Boise State’s defense has proven stout on the ground, as the Broncos are 14th in the country in rushing yards allowed per game (76.3). Against the pass, the Broncos are 21st (172.0).
Through three games, Bachmeier has thrown for five touchdowns (3 INT) and 134.7 yards per game to lead Boise State in passing. In two away games this season, he has three TDs (3 INT) and an average of 100.0 yards passing. Holani leads the team in rushing with an average of 62.0 yards a game over three games. He’s also been crucial in the passing game, leading the team in total receiving yards (32.0 yards a game). He has one touchdown on the ground. Hardison has two passing touchdowns (3 INT) with 225.5 yards per game through four games to lead UTEP. In two home games this season, he has thrown for two TDs and an average of 229.5 yards. Awatt has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 56.3 yards a game through four games. He has two touchdowns. Smith has been the primary target in the Miners’ aerial attack. He has two touchdowns and an 86.2 yard per game average through four appearances.
SportsTips’ College Football Pick:
Boise State (-650)
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