North Texas vs. UTEP: How to watch live stream, TV channel, NCAA Football start time
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
The Miners are a slight 1-point favorite against the Mean Green, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Miners as a 1.5-point favorite.
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The UTEP Miners haven’t won a game against the North Texas Mean Green since Nov. 26 of 2016, but they’ll be looking to end the drought Saturday. UTEP and North Texas will face off in a Conference USA battle at 4 p.m. ET at Apogee Stadium. If the matchup is anything like the Mean Green’s 45-43 victory from their previous meeting in December of last year, the scorekeeper will be kept real busy.
The Miners entered their contest against the UTSA Roadrunners last week without any home losses — but there’s a first time for everything. UTEP found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 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. Their loss shouldn’t obscure the performances of 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.
Meanwhile, the Mean Green ran circles around the Southern Miss Golden Eagles last week, and the extra yardage (537 yards vs. 229 yards) paid off. North Texas put the hurt on Southern Miss with a sharp 38-14 win. The victory came about thanks to a strong surge after the first quarter to overcome a 14 to nothing deficit. North Texas can attribute much of their success to RB Ikaika Ragsdale, who rushed for two TDs and 112 yards on 15 carries.
This next contest is expected to be close, with UTEP going off at just a 1-point favorite. Those burned by picking them against the spread last week might want to keep in mind that the team has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.
The Miners are now 6-3 while North Texas sits at a mirror-image 3-6. A pair of stats to keep an eye on: UTEP is stumbling into the contest with the 218th most thrown interceptions in the nation, having thrown ten on the season. North Texas has experienced some struggles of their own as they are 242nd worst in the nation in thrown interceptions, having thrown 12 on the season. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
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