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Fresno State vs. UTEP Odds, Date: Opening Spread, Total for 2021 New Mexico Bowl

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Fresno State vs. UTEP Odds

Fresno State Odds -14.5
UTEP Odds +14.5
Over/Under 51.5
Date Dec. 18
Location Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Fresno State is set to take on UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 18 at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

SugarHouse opened Fresno State as a 14.5-point favorite in this game, with the total at 51.5.

Find our expert’s projected odds, a recap of each team’s seasons, plus more information on the New Mexico Bowl below.

Fresno State vs. UTEP Projected Odds

Fresno State Spread -17
UTEP Spread +17
Over/Under N/A

These Fresno State vs. UTEP projections are based on Collin Wilson’s college football power ratings, which help power our PRO Projections — they compare all of his projections to real-time college football odds in order to easily identify betting edges.

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How Fresno State Reached the New Mexico Bowl

Fresno State was a force in 2021, with the talent to play in the conference title game. However, the Bulldogs left some meat on the bone, losing to Hawai’i as double-digit favorites and falling later in the season to an underwhelming Boise State as four-point chalk.

Fresno State hung with Oregon for four quarters in Week 1 then beat UCLA as a double-digit ‘dog, part of a four-win streak against the spread out of the gate.

Overall, the Bulldogs’ 8-4 cover mark tied for the best in the Mountain West.

Head coach Kalen DeBoer compiled a 12-6 record in his short, two-year stint with the Bulldogs. He’s off to Washington, filling the vacant position left by Jimmy Lake.

Quarterback Jake Haener, who piloted the ninth-best passing attack in the country, has entered the transfer portal.

How UTEP Reached the New Mexico Bowl

The Conference USA put up a solid regular season.

Western Kentucky and UTSA met in the title game; North Texas and Old Dominion both covered nine of their respective 12 contests.

Swept under the rug was UTEP, which shattered its preseason win total en route to a 7-5 campaign.

The Miners started the year on a blistering 6-2 run against the spread. They became bowl eligible on Oct. 16 with a win over Louisiana Tech.

The defense, which finished top-30 nationally in passing yards and total yards allowed per game, held six of its final nine teams under the team total.

UTEP is looking for its first bowl win since 1967, the longest drought in the FBS. The program has dropped each of the last six appearances.

Fresno State vs. UTEP Matchup Analysis

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how Fresno State and UTEP match up statistically:

Fresno State Offense vs. UTEP Defense
Rush Success 113 18
Line Yards 109 15
Pass Success 11 30
Pass Blocking** 99 57
Big Play 56 10
Havoc 44 31
Finishing Drives 66 72
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

UTEP Offense vs. Fresno State Defense
Rush Success 120 33
Line Yards 125 21
Pass Success 20 8
Pass Blocking** 39 38
Big Play 70 22
Havoc 56 5
Finishing Drives 99 43
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling 21 11
Coverage 7 83
Middle 8 30 98
SP+ Special Teams 68 52
Plays per Minute 53
Rush Rate 46.1% (121) 57.1% (47)

Data via College Football Data, FootballOutsiders, SP+, PFF and SportSource Analytics.

New Mexico Bowl Date, Time, TV, More Info

  • Date: Dec. 18
  • Time: 2:15 p.m. ET
  • Location: Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • TV Info: ESPN

The New Mexico Bowl has been around since 2006, and currently features tie-ins with the Mountain West and Conference USA.

In 2020, the game moved to Frisco, Texas, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New Mexico Bowl is a betting favorite because it’s in the heart of the first day of bowl season, always broadcast on ESPN, and has on many occasions featured high-scoring offenses

We’ve seen some terrific contests played in Albuquerque over the years — Arizona beat Nevada 49-48 in 2012, and Colorado State beat Washington State 48-45 in an all-time heartbreaker for Cougars bettors in 2013.

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