| FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 | UTEP MINERS VS. BOISE STATE BRONCOS

The UTEP Miners and the Boise State Broncos will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Albertsons Stadium.

Oddsmakers opened the Broncos as -27.5-point favorites versus the Miners, while the game's total opened at 56.5.

Boise State was a 36-31 loser in its last match on the road against Knights. They covered the +6-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 67 sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

UTEP:

Team record: 2-0 SU,1-1 ATS

Texas El Paso is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games

Texas El Paso is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas El Paso's last 5 games

Boise State:

Team record: 0-1 SU,1-0 ATS

Boise State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games

Boise State is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games

Boise State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:

UTEP home to New Mexico Saturday, September 25

Boise State home to Oklahoma State Saturday, September 18

The Broncos are usually tough to deal with on the blue turf thanks to their rabid fan base that creates an electric environment. Thus, it will be critical for UTEP to do everything it can to keep the game close heading into the second half. That will be easier said than done for the Miners, who will be at a personnel disadvantage on both sides of the ball. Boise State picks up its first win of 2021 thanks to more balance on offense as the Broncos wear down the Miners in the second half.

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At first glance, this has the makings of a trap game. Sandwiched between the season opener against UCF and next week’s game against Oklahoma State, the Broncos could easily be distracted and struggle in this game. On second glance, this is an opportunity for a “get right game” and Boise State could come out, find their rhythm, and hang 40-50 points on UTEP.

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The Broncos will try to rebound from an ugly collapse in their season-opening loss against Central Florida last week. Boise State comes in with a disappointing 0-1 overall record. It has an impending matchup versus Oklahoma State next weekend before opening up the conference campaign against Utah State, so this could be a trap game for the Broncos. On the other hand, UTEP will get its first real test this week against Boise State. The Miners enter this game with some confidence after winning a pair of tune-up contests against New Mexico State and Bethune Cookman.

Can UTEP pull off the upset on the road against the Broncos in Boise, Idaho under the lights on Friday night?

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KEY INJURIES

TX El Paso Injuries

Kelton Moss DT 9/8 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Moss is tending to an injury to an unlisted location, and it is uncertain if he will dress for Friday's tilt with Boise State.

Quardraiz Wadley RB 9/8 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Wadley is bothered by an undefined ailment, and it is undetermined if he will partake in Friday's clash with Boise State.

Deion Hankins RB 9/6 Undisclosed OUT Hankins missed the previous game due to an unknown injury, and he will not suit up against Boise State on Friday.

Boise State Injuries

Jack Sears QB 9/5 Lower Body QUESTIONABLE Sears sat out the last contest tending to a lower-body injury, and it is unknown if he will be available for Friday's battle versus UTEP.

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