In a Conference USA battle 5-1 Tulsa hosts 1-5 UTEP Thursday night (8 pm ET).
The Golden Hurricane, who are averaging 43 PPG so far this year, were early 16-point favorites over the Miners, who just got shut out by SMU.
Texas El Paso is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games, while Tulsa is 7-1 SU in its past eight home games.
Betting Line: Tulsa were sitting as 13-point favorites earlier in the week at . The total was set at 57 early in the week at 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The Golden Hurricane - Miners odds would favor the Golden Hurricane if the lines were set according to power ranks. Tulsa is rated No. 86 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Miners sit at No. 114. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 43-19 win for the Golden Hurricane.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tulsa's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 42.5 PPG, against a Miners defense that ranks No. 70 this week at 27 PPG. The Golden Hurricane aerial game is averaging 212.2 yards per game, less than the Miners secondary allows through the air, 237 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Miners feature the league's No. 106-rated road run defense, allowing 253.3 yards per game. Tulsa, meanwhile, ranks No. 14 in rushing offense at home.
Texas El Paso lost its last outing, a 17-0 result against Southern Methodist on October 6. Texas El Paso failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 17 combined points took the game UNDER the total.
Last time out for Tulsa, they were a 45-38 winner as they battled Marshall on the road. Tulsa covered in the match as a 3.5-point favorite, while 83 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Trey Watts went over the 100-yard mark (111) in his team's latest effort as Tulsa defeated Marshall by a score of 45-38 on Saturday.
Texas El Paso Miners Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on turf are 3-7
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 2-8
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Trends:
When playing in October are 8-2
When playing on turf are 9-1
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 9-1
A few Miners at Golden Hurricane trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas El Paso's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas El Paso's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas El Paso's last 9 games when playing Tulsa
Texas El Paso is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Tulsa
Tulsa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tulsa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Texas El Paso
Tulsa is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Tulsa is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Texas El Paso
Texas El Paso home to Tulane, Saturday, October 20
Tulsa home to Rice, Saturday, October 20