Kalen DeBoer is set to lead Washington after just two years as head of Fresno state. Around this time, DeBoer made the Bulldogs one of the best passing teams in college football. Fresno State went 9-3 in 2021 with the game’s No.9 passing offense. He was averaging 330.1 yards per game behind the arm of Jake Haener, whose status for this game is unknown after his entering and exiting the transfer portal within one week of leaving DeBoer. If Haener doesn’t play, Logan Fife or Jaylen Henderson could start.
Bettors don’t seem to think the starting QB or head coach will make a big difference here, as Fresno State is heavily favored over UTEP. The New Mexico Bowl airs on ESPN at 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The Miners started the year 5-1 before slowing down considerably to finish 7-5. Between an eventful second half and UTEP’s last bowl win in 1967, there are two very good reasons to bet on Fresno State. But let’s see if we can’t defend Dana Dimel’s team. Despite the slippage in the second half, UTEP remained one of the best defensive teams in the US Conference. The minors rank 31st in total defense and allow 24.8 points per game. It is the offense that will have to intensify here. UTEP have eclipsed just 30 points in a game twice this year. However, miners still manage to control the clock for a good job, so maybe this could be a way to keep things interesting.
Odds, Over / Under, Moneyline
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- Fresno State is 4-1 as the favorite in its last 5 games
- The Over is 4-1 in the last 5 UTEP games
- UTEP are 3-40 as an underdog in their last 43 games
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