ESPN+ has the television coverage for this Blue Raiders vs. Miners matchup. Kickoff takes place at 2:00 on Saturday, November 18th. This week 12 CFB showdown is being played at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro TN. The Blue Raiders are set as 7.5 point favorites at home in this Conference USA showdown. Can they pull off a home win and cover the spread?


The Pick: UTEP Miners +7.5

This game will be played at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium at 2:00 ET on Saturday, November 18th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 28-21 in favor of Middle Tennessee.
  • Even though we have Middle Tennessee winning straight-up, we like UTEP at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 47.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 49 points.

Will the Miners Exceed Expectations on the Road?

This season, the UTEP Miners are currently 3-7. So far this season, they have played three road games and four at home.

UTEP has gone into one game as the favorite this season and six games as the underdog. Their ATS record is currently 2-5.

UTEP has an over/under record of 2-5 so far this season. On average their games have combined for 44.7 points with the average over/under line being 49 points.

As they prepare to face the Middle Tennessee, the Miners’ offense is averaging 159.3 rushing yards per game and 4 yards per attempt. Nationally, they are 64th in rushing yards and 92nd in passing yards, on an average of 202.7 yards per matchup. UTEP has averaged 18.1 points per game so far. This figure places them 99th in the nation.

UTEP’s defense enters the game ranked 162nd in passing yards allowed per game. Opponents throw the ball an average of 26.5 times against the Miners. They have given up 26.6 PPG, which ranks 99th in college football. In terms of rushing yards allowed, they stand at 137th in the NCAA.

Can the Blue Raiders Secure a Win at Home?

So far, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are 3-7, including going 0-5 on the road and 2-1 at home.

Middle Tennessee’s average scoring differential for the season is -4.7 leading to an ATS mark of 4-4. The Blue Raiders have been favored three times and the underdog in five games

After 10 games, the average over/under line in Middle Tennessee’s matches stands at 53.4 points. The collective score in their games has averaged 52.1 points, resulting in an OU record of 3-4-1.

Heading into their matchup vs. UTEP, the Blue Raiders’ offense is averaging 126.8 rushing yards per game, along with 4 yards per attempt. They currently hold the 96th rank in rushing yards and 35th rank in passing yards, amassing an average of 266.9 yards per game. In terms of scoring, Middle Tennessee is at 23.7 points per game, which is 76th in the NCAA.

Ranked 78th in passing yards allowed per game, Middle Tennessee’s defense gets ready to take on UTEP. Opponents have attempted an average of 33.8 passes per game against the Blue Raiders. They’re allowing 28.4 points per contest, placing them 112th in college football. Their rush defense ranks 103rd in the NCAA.