The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (4-4) are 10-point favorites when they visit the UTEP Miners (3-6) in a CUSA matchup on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the Sun Bowl. The point total for the game is set at 54.
You’ll want to head to ESPN+ for the upcoming game between the Hilltoppers and Miners.
Hilltoppers vs. Miners Game Info
- Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023
- Time: 9:00 PM ET
- Channel: ESPN+
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: El Paso, Texas
- Venue: Sun Bowl
- With 467.6 yards allowed per game on defense, which ranks third-worst in the FBS, the Hilltoppers have been forced to lean on their 63rd-ranked offense (395.4 yards per contest) to keep them competitive.
- Offensively, the Hilltoppers rank 58th in the FBS with 29.9 points per game. Meanwhile, they rank 100th in points allowed (467.6 points allowed per contest).
- Western Kentucky owns the 107th-ranked defense this season in terms of passing yards (248.5 allowed per game), and has been more effective on offense, ranking 18th-best with 292.8 passing yards per game.
- With 102.6 offensive rushing yards per game (14th-worst) and 219.1 rushing yards allowed per game on defense (fourth-worst), the Hilltoppers have been struggling on both sides of the ball this year in the running game.
- Western Kentucky is averaging a 37.9% third-down conversion rate on offense (85th in the FBS), and ranks 87th on the other side of the ball with a 40.3% third-down conversion rate allowed.
- With 17 forced turnovers (second in the FBS) against 10 turnovers committed (73rd in the FBS), the Hilltoppers’ +7 turnover margin is the 11th-best in college football.
- With 360.9 total yards per game on the offensive side of the ball, UTEP ranks 87th in the FBS in 2023. On defense, it ranks 82nd, giving up 385.2 total yards per game.
- UTEP’s offense has been bottom-25 this season, putting up 18.7 points per game, which ranks 12th-worst in the FBS. On the defensive side of the ball, it ranks 81st with 27.2 points allowed per contest.
- With 201.4 passing yards per game on offense, the Miners rank 99th in the FBS. On defense, they rank 40th, allowing 204.9 passing yards per contest.
- UTEP has been struggling in run defense, ranking 22nd-worst with 180.3 rushing yards surrendered per game. It has been better on the other side of the ball, posting 159.4 rushing yards per contest (63rd-ranked).
- The Miners’ third-down offense has been bottom-25 this season, generating a 31.6% third-down rate, which ranks 13th-worst in the FBS. Defensively, they rank 105th with a 43.6% third-down rate ceded.
- UTEP has forced five turnovers this season and have turned it over 11 times, leading to a -6 turnover margin that is 13th-worst in the FBS.
- Austin Reed has 2,273 passing yards, 20 touchdowns (ninth in the FBS) and five interceptions this year. He has completed 60.2% of his attempts, averaging 284.1 yards per game and 6.7 per attempt.
- He has also rushed for 94 yards (fifth on the Hilltoppers) and added three touchdowns on the ground, while averaging 11.8 rushing yards per game.
- Malachi Corley’s 652 receiving yards this season have come from zero targets and 49 receptions. He’s averaging 93.1 receiving yards and 7.0 catches per game, with seven receiving touchdowns.
- Through eight games played, Easton Messer is averaging 41.9 yards and 3.4 receptions per game on the way to 335 receiving yards and 27 catches. He’s been targeted zero times, and has three receiving touchdowns.
- Kelly Akharaiyi has recorded 645 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 32 receptions, while being targeted zero times this season.
- Deion Hankins averages 75.4 rushing yards per game over nine games (679 total yards), while scoring three rushing touchdowns.
- Torrance Burgess Jr. has rushed for two touchdowns this year, and has totaled 529 rushing yards (58.8 per game and 4.9 per attempt).
- Burgess Jr.’s offensive output includes 13 receptions (1.4 per game) on zero targets for 184 yards (20.4 per game), though he has not found the end zone in the passing game.