The Miners of the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) play football in Conference USA. They are a team that has been running up losing records in recent seasons; a team that has been finding it difficult to string together several wins in a row.
Head Coach Sean Kugler, now in his third year, has presided over indifferent play in his first two seasons as team leader. That may be why his Won-Loss record is only 9-16. The Miners, under his leadership, frequently put lots of points on the scoreboard, but their defense seems overmatched at times.
The pattern of scoring lots of points while allowing opponents to score even more has continued into the new 2015 Season. The Miners started the year on the road at the eighteenth-ranked University of Arkansas. The Razorbacks demolished the visitors by a score of 48-13.
The following week, on Saturday, September 12th, the defense of the University of Texas-El Paso performed even more poorly. The Miners traveled to Texas Tech University and the Red Raiders ran wild, winning the game by a score of 69-20.
The University of Texas-El Paso played its third straight game on the road on September 19th. On that day, the Miners competed against New Mexico State University and once again “got torched” for lots of points. The home team scored 47, but in this game, the visitors actually won. That’s because the Miners managed to put up 50 points to win the game in overtime by a final tally of 50-47.
The team’s porous defense does not bode well for it in upcoming games. The Miners are scheduled to host the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) on October 3rd, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) on October 24th, the Rice Owls on November 6th and Louisiana Tech University on November 21st.
There are winnable games in that home schedule. However, the Mines will have to be prolific on offense in order to come out on top.
The remaining road games for the University of Texas-El Paso may present the squad with some problems. The Miners will meet up with Florida International University (FIU) on October 10th, the University of Southern Mississippi on October 31st, Old Dominion University on November 14th and North Texas University n November 28th.
If things go well over the next two months, there is a chance that the Miners of the University of Texas-El Paso will finally get what they covet, a modest winning streak. It could happen and if it does, this squad from the Lone Star State may raise a few eyebrows among college football pundits.
More importantly, the Miners could end up with an invitation to a bowl game. And for this team, that would be a pleasant surprise.
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