What bets offer the best value when Boise State and UTEP meet in Week 4? Read on for our Boise State-UTEP picks.
The Broncos have dominated this series, winning all six matchups by at least two scores. Since their opening week loss, the Broncos have won back-to-back games and looked like a solid team in both victories. Meanwhile, the Miners have struggled to take care of the football and put points on the board. As a result, they are just 1-3 on the season.
Here are our Boise State versus UTEP college football picks for Week 4 (odds via PointsBet; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
Boise State vs. UTEP Game Info
Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 23, 9 p.m. ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
Location: Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX
Weather: 65 degrees, 1% chance of precipitation, 9-mph winds
Boise State vs. UTEP Odds Analysis
Perhaps this game just hasn’t caught the eye of enough bettors, but neither the spread nor total have moved much. The spread sits exactly where it opened, while the total has moved a half-point down from its opening line on most sportsbooks. On pregame.com, 76% of cash is on Boise State to cover, but just 53% of tickets agree.
Boise State vs. UTEP Picks
Boise State vs. UTEP ML Pick
Boise State -15.5 (-107) ★★★★
No matter where they play, the Broncos have dominated this series since its inception in 2000. The Broncos are 6-0 and have yet to win a game by less than 15 points.
It seems that Vegas is expecting a lower-scoring game than in years past. However, even though the Broncos haven’t looked like their usual selves this season, quarterback Hank Bachmeier has started to find a rhythm since his dreadful Week 1 performance. The competition hasn’t been great in either of his last two games, but the Miners aren’t going to change that trend.
Both of these teams played in New Mexico already this season. Boise State won 31-14, while the Miners lost 27-10. Don’t overthink this one. Just take Boise State and move on.
Boise State vs. UTEP O/U Pick
Over 45.5 (-107) ★★★
Obviously, there is a lot of turnover on college football rosters. However, the last four times these two teams have met, at least one team has scored 45 or more points alone. That includes last season when Boise State put up 54 against the Miners.
Neither offense has been particularly good this season, with the Miners cracking 20 just once all year and the Broncos scoring 17 against their only formidable opponent so far. Yet, the Miners give up 29.0 points per game, and they haven’t played that difficult of competition. The Broncos should get into the 30s without any trouble this week, which is enough to push this Over.
Boise State vs. UTEP Prop Pick
UTEP 11-20 total points (+160) ★★★
The Miners committed seven turnovers in the loss to New Mexico. That was the only game this season that the Miners have not scored between 11 and 20 points, and they missed that mark by one.
Since the Broncos’ opening Week loss to Oregon State, they have allowed just 285 yards in two games. The Miners should be able to move the ball better than that. After all, their issue isn’t with yardage, it’s with taking care of the ball.
If the Broncos were as good as they have been in years past, then UTEP 0-10 may have been the correct play, but there is no reason to think the Miners can’t get into double-digits against this team.
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Boise State vs. UTEP picks made 9/20/2022 at 11:48 a.m. ET