The Charlotte 49ers (-11.5) are heading southwest to face their conference rival UTEP Miners at Sun Bowl. The opening kickoff for this game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET and fans can catch the action by tuning in to ESPN+.
Charlotte vs. UTEP Betting Odds 11/9/2019
Charlotte is giving up 11.5 points in this CUSA game. The 49ers are currently being given -470 moneyline odds while the Miners are +340. The over/under is set at 57.5 points, and if one squad can create a bunch of points early, it’ll likely result in a solid live betting opportunity.
The 49ers are 4-5 straight up (SU), including 2-3 SU against CUSA opponents. The Miners are 1-7 SU overall and 0-5 SU in conference play. The 49ers are 4-5 against the spread (ATS) and have gained 0.5 units so far. The team has posted an Over-Under record of 7-2.
The Miners have lost 2.1 units this season. They’re 2-5-1 ATS and have an even O/U record of 4-4.
UTEP enters this contest on a zero-game winning streak while Charlotte has lost zero straight. The Niners are on the upswing after a 34-20 victory over Middle Tennessee last week where Chris Reynolds completed 14-of-21 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown. Aaron McAllister (104 rushing yards on 24 attempts, two TDs) and the signal-caller Reynolds (103 yards on 16 carries, one TD) led the ground attack. Cameron Dollar (three receptions, 80 yards) and Victor Tucker (three catches, 50 yards) handled the receiving duties in the win.
A week ago, North Texas took care of this UTEP crew by a score of 52-26. Kai Locksley completed 17-of-29 passes for 119 yards. Treyvon Hughes (97 rushing yards on 17 attempts, three TDs) and the signal-caller Locksley (27 yards on 14 carries) mounted the running attack while Justin Garrett (11 receptions, 77 yards) and Alan Busey (two catches, 20 yards) led the pass-catching attack in the loss.
Each of these teams has a nearly identical (61-39) run-pass ratio on the season. The 49ers, however, have run for 211 yards per game (including 171 per game versus Conference USA opponents) and have 20 touchdowns on the ground this year. The Miners haven’t been quite as productive. They’re putting up 136 rushing yards per contest (122 in conference) and have 14 total rush TDs.
It appears that the 49ers ought to have the edge along both the offensive and defensive fronts. Their offensive line has given up just 38 sacks while their D-line logged 19 sacks. The Miners offensive line has given up 42 sacks and their defense has sacked opposing QBs just 20 times.
The Niners have averaged 207 yards in the air overall (225 per game versus conference opposition) and have 18 passing scores so far. The Miners have put up 161 pass yards per outing (169.2 against CUSA foes) and have four total pass TDs.
Defensively, Charlotte should have the upper hand when it comes to limiting the pass. The team has let opponents run for an average of 201 yards and pass for 209 yards per game. UTEP has allowed 177.3 yards per game on the ground and 251 to opponents in the air. The Niners are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of 7.98 to opponents, while the Miners have given up a whopping 9.09 ANY/A.
Reynolds has amassed 1,344 passing yards on the year. He’s connected on 100-of-167 attempts with 13 passing touchdowns and six interceptions. Reynolds has a 7.07 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number sits at 11.09 over the past two outings.
Kai Locksley has accounted for 429 yards, one TD and two INTs for UTEP. His ANY/A stands at a very poor 2.62 for the year and 4.60 over his last two outings.
These two conference foes did not get a chance to face each other in 2018.
Charlotte 49ers at UTEP Miners Betting Pick
SU Winner – Charlotte, ATS Winner – Charlotte, O/U – Over
Team Betting Notes
The 49ers offense has produced five pass plays of 40 yards or more, while the Miners have accounted for three such plays.
The Charlotte defense has allowed 10 pass plays of 40 yards or more, while UTEP has given up seven such plays.
The Charlotte offense has created 18 rushing plays of 20 yards or more, while UTEP has created 12 such runs.
The 49ers defense has allowed 15 rushing plays of 20 yards or more, while the Miners have given up 10 such runs.
The Charlotte D has sacked opposing quarterbacks 27 times this season. UTEP has produced just eight sacks.
As a team, Charlotte has averaged 4.6 yards per carry across its last three contests and 5.2 over its last two.
UTEP has averaged 3.4 yards per carry over its last three matchups and 3.7 over its past two.