Mack Brown and the Longhorns are riding high coming into this game after throttling Florida Atlantic in their season opener 52-10, ultimately covering the NCAA betting line by 19 points. UTEP is coming off of an embarrassing 42-17 loss on the road to Buffalo to open their season and Mike Price is starting to feel the pressure after back-to-back losing seasons.
QB Colt McCoy was deadly against the Owls last week, completing 24-of-29 passes for 222 yards while rushing 12 times for 103 yards, and accounting for four of his team’s scores. The Longhorns totaled a very impressive 31 first downs in the game as well, compared to just 13 for Florida Atlantic.
A discouraging stat for the Longhorns however, was that FAU managed to enter Longhorn territory on all but one of their possessions in the first half, and into Texas’ red zone on four occasions. Texas will also be looking to improve upon its’ non-conference ATS record in this spot, as they’ve gone 4-2 per the closing NCAA lines for college football betting fans since 2007.
In a game held last Thursday night in which the NCAA odds had the Miners installed as three-point road underdogs, UTEP gave up a startling 484 total yards and 42 points to a Buffalo team that has only scored that amount in a game once since 2005. The Miners defense gave up a whopping 263 yards rushing and allowed two Bulls running backs to rush for over 100 yards against them.
On the offensive side of the ball, QB Trevor Vittatoe wasn’t much better throwing three interceptions and only one touchdown in the loss. If the Miners are to have a chance for NCAA football betting followers in this game, they will need to perform much better on both sides of the ball.
The college football odds for this game find the Longhorns as whopping 26.5-point road favorites and have the ‘total’ set at 58 points.