Utah State big favorites vs. UTEP
Utah State played 13 games this season, going 9-4 on the year and 6-2 in the Mountain West Conference. The Aggies lost their season finale to Boise State, but had won five straight prior to that. Both conference losses came against top teams, falling to Boise and Colorado State. The Aggies were just 6-7 against the spread this year, but they have covered in six of their last nine.
UTEP comes into this bowl game with a 7-5 record and 5-3 mark in Conference USA. The Miners split their last four games on the season and they went 9-3 against the spread. UTEP has covered in six of their last seven games and hit the under in five of their last six.
The oddsmakers think Utah State will cruise in this game, as oddsmakers from BetDSI have made the Aggies a 10-point favorite against UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl (View Matchup). The over/under total for the game is listed at just 44 points.
Both teams enter this game with a strong defense, as each holds their opponents under 375 yards per game. The Utah State defense is particularly strong against the run, which has been UTEP’s strength. On the other side, UTEP hasn’t been great against the run, which is what Utah State likes to do. UTEP has been led on the ground by Aaron Jones, who has rushed for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Utah State has a slew of capable backs to use for this game.