The UTEP Miners and the Fresno State Bulldogs meet in Albuquerque for a chance to score a bowl win this season. The Miners want to finish the season on a positive note after losing their last game, while the Bulldogs are eyeing to secure a win streak and a bowl victory to close out their 2021 campaign. Check out our preview of this contest below.
Betting Preview for the UTEP Miners vs Fresno State Bulldogs NCAA PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl College Football Game on December 18, 2021
Where: University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
When: Saturday, December 18, 2021, 3:15 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the UTEP Miners (+13.5)
Record: 7-5 Overall / 4-4 Conference
Thanks to a blistering start, the Miners were able to become bowl eligible when they collected their sixth win of the season as early as October when they beat the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at home. Since then, however, the Miners dug themselves a hole, having lost four of their next five games, including their 42-25 regular-season finale loss on the road to the UAB Blazers. UTEP’s defense, particularly against the pass has been arguably the most impressive part of the team this season. The Miners are top 25 in the FBS in pass defense and top 25 as well in total defense. Offensively, the Miners rely on their ground attack that features the tandem of Ronald Awatt and Heion Hankins, who have 803 and 425 rushing yards, respectively, and a combined total of 11 rushing scores.
UTEP is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games after rushing for fewer than 100 yards in their previous outing.
Betting on the Fresno State Bulldogs (-13.5)
Record: 9-3 Overall / 6-2 Conference
Fresno State definitely deserves a ticket to a bowl game. The Bulldogs were fantastic in the regular season. They have not lost two games in a row. Moreover, they have two stretches this season of at least three wins in a row. They can complete a third one if they can beat the Miners at the PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl. After losing to the Boise State Broncos on Nov. 6, Fresno State rebounded with back-to-back victories over the New Mexico Lobos and the San Jose State Spartans, outsourcing both opponents 74-16. Fresno State finished the regular season second in the Mountain West Conference in scoring offense (33.6 PPG) and third in scoring defense (20.3 PPG).
Fresno State is 4-0 against the spread in its last four non-conference games.
Fresno State wins, 37-24.
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