Who's Playing

UTEP @ North Texas

Current Records: UTEP 6-3; North Texas 3-6

What to Know

After two games on the road, the North Texas Mean Green are heading back home. North Texas and the UTEP Miners will face off in a Conference USA battle at 4 p.m. ET Saturday at Apogee Stadium. If the game is anything like the Mean Green's 45-43 win from their previous meeting in December of last year, the scorekeeper will be kept real busy.

North Texas ran circles around the Southern Miss Golden Eagles last week, and the extra yardage (537 yards vs. 229 yards) paid off. North Texas took their contest against Southern Miss by a conclusive 38-14 score. The victory came about thanks to a strong surge after the first quarter to overcome a 14 to nothing deficit. North Texas' RB Ikaika Ragsdale was one of the most active players for the squad, rushing for two TDs and 112 yards on 15 carries.

Meanwhile, UTEP entered their matchup against the UTSA Roadrunners last week without any home losses -- but there's a first time for everything. The Miners found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unfortunate 44-23 punch to the gut against UTSA. UTEP was in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 30-9. Despite the defeat, they had strong showings from QB Gavin Hardison, who passed for three TDs and 247 yards on 30 attempts, and WR Tyrin Smith, who caught three passes for two TDs and 91 yards.

This next matchup is expected to be close, with North Texas going off at just a 1-point favorite. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a three-game streak of ATS wins.

North Texas' victory brought them up to 3-6 while UTEP's loss pulled them down to a reciprocal 6-3. Two stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Mean Green are stumbling into the contest with the 242nd most thrown interceptions in the nation, having thrown 12 on the season. The Miners have had an even harder time: they are 218th worst in the nation in thrown interceptions, having thrown ten on the season. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 4 p.m. ET
  • Where: Apogee Stadium -- Denton, Texas
  • TV: ESPN Plus
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $17.00

Odds

The Mean Green are a slight 1-point favorite against the Miners, according to the latest college football odds.

The line on this game has moved a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Miners as a 1.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

North Texas have won four out of their last six games against UTEP.

  • Dec 11, 2020 - North Texas 45 vs. UTEP 43
  • Nov 02, 2019 - North Texas 52 vs. UTEP 26
  • Oct 06, 2018 - North Texas 27 vs. UTEP 24
  • Nov 11, 2017 - North Texas 45 vs. UTEP 10
  • Nov 26, 2016 - UTEP 52 vs. North Texas 24
  • Nov 28, 2015 - UTEP 20 vs. North Texas 17