NCAA football gambling excitement was high at Texas El Paso after a 5-1 start but the Miners are limping into the bowl season after a collapse with the NCAA odds.
University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM is the site of the New Mexico Bowl between the BYU Cougars and the Texas El Paso Miners. Kickoff is set for Saturday, December 18 at 2 PM ET with a telecast on ESPN. Sports Gambling opened with New Mexico Bowl odds of BYU –12.
UTEP has a record of 6-6 straight up and 5-7 with the college football odds. The Miners were an even 6-6 on over/unders. The Miners finished in 4th place in Conference USA’s West Division. UTEP lost 5 of their final 6 games and last played on November 20 when they lost a tough 31-28 decision to a strong Tulsa team.
UTEP is mediocre in most categories and ranks 71st overall in total offense and 83rd in total defense. Trevor Vittatoe is the spark of the offense with 2511 yards passing and a 19/10 TD/INT ratio. Kris Adams averaged 20.8 yards per catch with 11 TD’s.
The BYU Cougars lost 5 of their first 7 games but rallied with 4 consecutive wins before losing the season finale at Utah 17-16 when their game winning field goal attempt was blocked. Offense was the downfall of the team as freshman quarterback Jake Heaps struggled to learn the college game and finished below 6 yards per attempt.
The Cougars long tradition of a break away passing game did not come to fruition this year. JJ Di Luigi picked up the slack with 819 yards rushing. The Cougars defense ranked a solid 32nd for points allowed and showed marked improvement down the stretch.
BYU finished with an overall NCAA football wagering mark of 6-6 straight up and 7-5 against the spread with 9 of their games going under the total. BYU finished tied for 4t in the Mountain West Conference.
BYU goes independent next season and they certainly want to enter their new era with the NCAA football gambling momentum that a bowl victory can bring. UTEP also wants to end on a solid note after that bad finish to their season to help recruiting.