(The Spread) – In the “other” college football game tonight, Texas El Paso will host Houston at 8:00PM ET. Will the Miners cover the rather large spread?

Odds: Oddsmakers have installed the visiting Cougars as 16.5-point favorites over the host Miners, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 66 points. Houston comes into this game with a perfect 4-0 record and is 3-1 against the spread, while UTEP is 2-2 and 3-0 against the number against FBS opponents.

Line Movement: Houston opened as a 17.5-point favorite at most offshore and Vegas books, but the line has dropped since then. The spread fell to 15.5 at one point during the week but now the public backers have pushed it back up to 16.5. The over/under total has stayed steady at around 65 or 66 points.

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Public Betting: Of the 7,000-plus wagers on today’s game, 75% of college football public bettors currently favor Houston –16.5. This information is subject to change leading up to kickoff, however, so make sure you click on the “Public Betting” link provided to ensure that you’re viewing the most up-to-date public betting numbers.

College Football Free Pick: Take the Miners. According to latest college football trends, the home team is 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings between these two teams. The Cougars are 3-12 against the number in their last 15 games as a road favorite and 1-5 ATS in their last six games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous contest. The Miners, meanwhile, are 4-1 ATS in their last five games as an underdog and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games versus a team with a winning road record.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 5 FREE PICK: UTEP MINERS +16.5

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