Through 3 Quarters

The Charlotte 49ers are just one quarter away from delivering their fans the win they've been expecting all week. Sitting on a score of 21-14, they have looked like the better squad out there today, but there's still one more quarter to play. A victory for the UTEP Miners would counteract both their recent loss and Charlotte's recent win.

Charlotte has enjoyed the tag-team combination of WR Victor Tucker and QB Chris Reynolds. The former has caught five passes for one TD and 78 yards, while the latter has passed for two TDs and 177 yards on 22 attempts. Tucker hadn't helped his team much against the North Texas Mean Green two weeks ago, so this is a nice turnaround for him.

The 49ers' defense has been flying around the field, snatching three takeaways already. Charlotte might just be able to coast to victory if they can keep up that ball pressure

Who's Playing

UTEP @ Charlotte

Current Records: UTEP 3-2; Charlotte 1-2

What to Know

The Charlotte 49ers and the UTEP Miners have had some time off and are no doubt ready to hit the field. The 49ers look to take advantage of their home turf advantage Saturday as they take on UTEP at Jerry Richardson Stadium at noon ET. Charlotte earned a 28-21 in their most recent contest in November of last year.

You can't lose the game if you win every quarter, and that was precisely Charlotte's strategy against the North Texas Mean Green two weeks ago. Charlotte took their matchup against North Texas by a conclusive 49-21 score. The oddsmakers were on Charlotte's side, but they didn't give the team enough credit as the margin was unexpectedly wide. Their RB Aaron McAllister was on fire, rushing for one TD and 140 yards on 12 carries in addition to snatching one receiving TD. Chris Reynolds' 71-yard touchdown toss to McAllister in the second quarter made for one of the most memorable moments of the night.

Meanwhile, the Miners were within striking distance but couldn't close the gap two weeks ago as they fell 21-17 to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. QB Gavin Hardison had a pretty forgettable game, throwing one interception with a passing completion percentage of only 47.37%.

It wasn't all bad for UTEP, as the UTEP defensive unit accumulated four sacks. Leading the way was DE Praise Amaewhule and his 3.5 sacks. Amaewhule now has 4.5 sacks this season.

This next contest looks promising for Charlotte, who are favored by a full 16 points. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a three-game streak of ATS wins.

Charlotte's victory lifted them to 1-2 while UTEP's loss dropped them down to 3-2. We'll find out if Charlotte can add another positive mark to their record or if UTEP can shake off the defeat and take the spring out of Charlotte's step.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
  • Where: Jerry Richardson Stadium -- Charlotte, North Carolina
  • TV: ESPN Plus
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $65.00

Odds

The 49ers are a big 16-point favorite against the Miners, according to the latest college football odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the 49ers, as the game opened with the 49ers as a 14.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Charlotte won the only game these two teams have played in the last six years.

  • Nov 09, 2019 - Charlotte 28 vs. UTEP 21