The New Mexico State Aggies take on the UTEP Miners in the Battle of I-10 in Week 8, marking the 100th playing of the rivalry game. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 18 from El Paso, Texas.
NMSU (4-3, 2-1 CUSA) defeated Sam Houston by a score of 27-13 in Week 7. Quarterback Diego Pavia has continued to show his dual-threat capabilities. In the Aggies’ latest win, he passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 115 yards and a touchdown, leading the team. The Aggies limited the Bearkats’ rushing attack on the defensive side.
UTEP (2-5, 1-2 CUSA) beat FIU 27-14 in Week 7 to end a tough four-game losing streak. Quarterback Cade McConnell and wide receiver Kelly Akharaiyi were the duo of the day, with Akharaiyi grabbing 223 of McConnell’s 262 passing yards and both passing touchdowns of the day. Their running backs were less involved in the attack than they have been for much of the season.
Here’s everything you need to know and a pick for the game.
NMSU: 97 overall, 72 offense, 123 defense
UTEP: 117 overall, 123 offense, 99 defense
New Mexico State
QB Gavin Hardison - Questionable (arm)
QB Jake McNamara - Questionable (concussion)
WR Tyrin Smith - Questionable (undisclosed)
RB Mike Franklin - Questionable (undisclosed)
Against The Spread in 2023
NMSU: 4-2-1 ATS
UTEP: 2-5 ATS
Total in 2023
NMSU: Over 3-4
UTEP: Over 2-5
Team Pace (through Week 6)
NMSU: 1.96 plays per minute of offense
UTEP: 2.04 plays per minute of offense
Odds at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: NMSU -3
Moneyline: NMSU -148, UTEP +124
Our Best Bet for New Mexico State vs. UTEP
New Mexico State -3
The Aggies’ offense, centered around Diego Pavia, has been extremely successful this season. UTEP struggles with defending the run, and Pavia should be able to use his legs plenty in this matchup, arguably his greatest strength. Despite the Miners’ win last week over FIU and their home field advantage, I’m taking the Aggies to cover here.