UTEP vs Jacksonville State Predictions

The UTEP Miners seek a revival in 2023 against Jacksonville State Gamecocks, who are eager to mark a triumphant FBS debut, in a much-anticipated C-USA football encounter. Read on for our free match preview and betting picks.

Match Live Saturday 26th August, 5:30 PM ET
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– UTEP’s Gavin Hardison threw for 2,044 yards last season, but with a completion rate of only 52.1%.
– Jacksonville State Gamecocks averaged an incredible 424 yards per game in their run game, ranking 5th in FCS.
– UTEP’s defensive lineup led C-USA in least yards allowed during the previous season.
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Jacksonville State -1 Win (-110)

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UTEP vs Jacksonville State Predictions: An Exciting C-USA Showdown Awaits

UTEP Miners: Quest for Redemption

UTEP Miners, a well-known name in the C-USA football arena, have their sights set on making 2023 a turnaround year. After concluding the previous year with a 5-7 score, their intent is clearer than ever. A history check reveals that this was their fourth season falling short in the last five seasons under the leadership of Coach Dana Dimel and 15th since integrating into the C-USA in 2005.

Their offensive line will witness returning QB Gavin Hardison, who impressively achieved 2,044 yards, 11 TDs, and 8 INTs during the previous season. Despite these stats, there’s room for improvement in Hardison’s accuracy, given his 52.1% completion rate from the past year. In terms of rushing, UTEP might feel the void left by Ronald Awatt. However, with Deion Hankins, who was a mere 33 yards behind Awatt’s total, making a comeback, things look promising. The receiving department sees Dre Spriggs as a new addition after Tyrin Smith’s transfer to Texas A&M. Furthermore, the defense remains robust, leading the C-USA in least yards allowed, with players like Prince Amaewhule, Tyrice Knight, and Kobe Hylton coming back strong.

Jacksonville State Gamecocks: Embarking on a New Journey

2023 marks a significant year for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. They’re set to make their FBS debut after a triumphant run in the ASUN conference in 2022. This isn’t surprising, considering they’ve grabbed seven conference titles since 2014 and appeared in the FCS tournament seven times in the past decade. Their track record, including a stellar 9-2 finish in the FCS, gives them a strong push into the new league.

The Gamecocks’ offense is a force to reckon with, especially their run game, ranking 5th in the FCS with an average of 424 yards per game. Players like Te’Sean Smoot, Zion Webb, and Anwar Lewis are crucial components. Not to forget Sterling Galban and Sean Brown, who solidify the receiving department. On the defensive front, they have Chris Hardie, J-Rock Swain, and Kolbi Fuqua returning, ensuring a robust wall against their adversaries.

Betting Insights

Historical data points out that UTEP stands at 9-24-1 ATS over their last 34 games on turf, with the over being 4-0 in their recent 4 away games.

However, with the Gamecocks’ consistent performances and their entry into the FBS, they seem to be the team to back. The change in personnel, especially in defense, might cause a slight hiccup initially. Still, their formidable offense from the previous year is likely to ensure a smooth transition to the C-USA. Expect Jacksonville State to establish themselves prominently in the FBS domain, making them the favorable choice for this showdown.

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Jacksonville State -1 Win (-110)

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