UTEP recently released its 2010 schedule. With a ton of games coming up, things are looking interesting for the Miners. Offensively, star team leader and QB Trevor Vittatoe is going to be returning, as is Donald Buckram. But will this be enough to push the Miners through 2010′s football season? Probably not, and here’s why. There are just three games scheduled for November for UTEP.
Well, on the one hand, this means it could be an opportunity for the team to get beyond the November football woes, but looking at UTEP’s historical record and the teams they will be playing, this is going to be a tough season for UTEP. They are going to have to deal with Arkansas, Tulsa, and a game against SMU at home. All great teams with good track records, and can UTEP handle this? Hard to say at this point.
Of course defensively things are looking better for UTEP with Andre Patterson’s arrival. He will be the new coordinator for defense at UTEP, and hopefully bring some much needed organization and power to the Miners’ defense game. This makes a lot of fans hopeful for the team, but without strong coaching and good players, no team can survive the brutal arena that is college football.
A bit more food for thought is the beginning of their schedule; when pitted against the 2009 teams they had to face, things will be much, much nicer on the Miners. There aren’t going to be any games against Big 12 schools, and no big shot coaches working to get noticed and force teams into notoriety. So what does this ultimately mean? The Miners are going to have to win a lot in the beginning of the season if they ever want to get to the bowl. After all, they haven’t seen a bowl match since 2005, which was a while back – five years ago to be precise. Isn’t it about time for the Miners to see some success in college football again?
A little more food for thought is the fact that many of the toughest opponents for the Miners are gone this year. At UAB, Joe Webb is gone, and he just about wiped out UTEP on his own last year, which made for some embarrassing times. Given that, it’s quite possible that UTEP stands a big chance over at that arena this season. Andre Anderson is gone at Tulane, so maybe the Miners will finally be able to mine some gold on that front, too.
The final rundown? Well, things are looking pretty good for UTEP, all in all. If they can push through the beginning of the season and get some easy wins under their belt, they will be able to make it. The big problems will start in November when they start playing tougher teams. If the new additions to the UTEP team can lift this team out of the ground and push them to victory, odds are we will see UTEP in the next bowl.