I like the Arkansas Razorbacks and the job that head coach Bret Bielema has done in his time at the school. Having said that, I’m perplexed as well as NCAA Football betting fans should be that the Razorbacks are insane, nearly five-touchdown favorites to beat a UTEP tam that won an identical amount of games as Arkansas did a year ago. Having said that, let’s find out why I like the UTP Miners to cover the huge spread.
How To Bet the Miners @ Razorbacks NCAA Football Odds & Game Info
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 5, 2015
Where: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas
NCAAF Odds: Arkansas -33
— Arkansas Razorbacks (@ArkRazorbacks) September 3, 2015
Why Bet on the Arkansas Razorbacks:
The Arkansas Razorbacks (7-6 SU, 10-3 ATS) took a nice leap forward in head coach Bret Bielema’s second year, finishing 2014 campaign by winning four out of its final six games. Now, I’m expecting the Razorbacks to be even better in 2015 thanks to the continued growth of quarterback Brandon Allen and a powerful rushing attack that ranked 26th in the country last season (218.0 ypg).
Allen will become Arkansas’ first three-year starting quarterback since Matt Jones (2002-04), but he’s working on his fourth offensive coordinator in five years with the arrival of Dan Enos. Still, I expect the Razorbacks to lean heavily on running back Jonathan Williams (1,190 yards, 11 touchdowns) and perform more efficiently in close affairs a lot better than they did last season.
Why Bet on the UTEP Miners
UTEP (7-6 SU, 9-4 ATS) won seven games to earn a bowl berth in head coach Sean Kugler’s second season at his alma mater and should be even better in 2015 behind a stellar rushing attack that ranked 34th in the nation in 2014 (209.8 ypg). Sophomore quarterback Mack Leftwich will likely get the bid as the starter in 2015 to take over from the graduated Jameill Showers. If Leftwich plays competently in the passing attack, the Miners could really soar this coming season. Thankfully, the Miners have four returning starters on the offensive line.
Second-team all-conference running back Aaron Jones rushed for an impressive 1,321 yards and 11 touchdowns a year ago and looks primed for another huge season. UTEP will need to address their porous run defense, but I believe they look like another seven-win team at the very least this coming season.
My Expert Betting Analysis, Pick & Prediction
While I really like the direction that the Razorbacks are heading in as they get set for the upcoming 2015 season, I like they way UTEP is rebuilding its own gridiron program. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t see a huge blowout win for the Razorbacks in this contest, particularly against a UTEP team that I expect to score the ball consistently this coming season. Keep it simple and back the UTEP Miners to cover the huge spread.
UTEP went 6-2 ATS in their last eight games a year ago and they will cover the spread in this one with plenty of room to spare.
The Pick: UTEP +34.5 Points