UTEP @ Boise State – 9:30 p.m. ET
Boise State looks to rebound from an opening weekend loss to UCF, when it hosts the 2-0 UTEP Miners on the Smurf Turf. And there are a couple of paths for UTEP to cover here.
First, it needs to throw the ball consistently on this Boise State defense that is still breaking in two new corners and that owned a bottom-40 secondary last season. Secondly, it has to stop the rush, which should be no problem with its entire D-line back from 2020 that ranked 44th in Defensive Line Yards Allowed.
If the Miners succeed in those two areas, they should cover the 25 points. I have Boise State projected only as a -19.05 favorite, and Collin Wilson’s PRO Projections has Boise State as a -24.3 favorite.
Pick: UTEP +25 (-110)*
BJ Cunningham is a writer for the Action Network. You can read the full version of his UTEP vs. Boise State betting preview and analysis here.