Tulane at UTEP Gameweek Reading Material

Ivan Pierre Aguirre-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Here's some reading material for this Saturday's Conference USA matchup between the Tulane Green Wave and the UTEP Miners in El Paso, TX.

It's been a tough season thus far in UTEP football. Things started off promising with a great effort against powerhouse Oklahoma, but at this point the wheels have completely fallen off. Even with that, the Miners will have a chance to pick up a win against a Tulane team that they beat 44-7 just a year ago.

Green Wave quarterback Ryan Griffin and running back Orleans Darkwa are expected to be in the lineup, and that gives Tulane a boost, but still, this is a game that the Miners should win. In case you're looking, here are some articles to get you up to speed on what's going around both teams heading into Saturday's contest.

Miners tangle with Tulane for homecoming - El Paso Inc.: Local Features
This year the Tulane Green Wave will serve as the opposition in our 81st Homecoming game at 6 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 20. The Miners have fared well in Homecoming games under coach Mike Price posting a 6-2 record. Last year we put together one of our better efforts of the season and beat Colorado State, 31-17.

UTEP to sell beer at football, basketball games (updated) - El Paso Times
Sports fans will have the chance of drinking beer during the rest of the football season and at all basketball games at the University of Texas at El Paso, officials announced today. UTEP Executive Vice President Richard Adauto said the university had been working on beer sales for several years and that they informed the University of Texas System that they were going to have beer sales starting this Saturday's football game.

Mike Price Media Luncheon Quotes (10/15/12) - University of Texas at El Paso Official Athletic Site
"We had a tough game against a good team. In three minutes, the game just went to [heck] in a bread basket. We had a nice drive and drove all the way down to the one-yard line and couldn't get the ball in. And then they stopped us, and we threw the pick on fourth and one. A guy was open and we threw behind him. Then two plays later, they broke one for 81 yards." "We're not doing some of the little things correctly. I hope that has something to do with the opponents we've played being good defensive teams. We're definitely off, and we'd be a lot happier if our offense had done better and we'd won a couple of these games. The defense has kept us in all the games. Our third down conversions are horrible, and our red zone and orange zone aren't good. Those are key areas where we're making mistakes."

Tulane's Ryan Griffin Named College Sports Madness C-USA Offensive Player of the Week - Tulane Official Athletic Site
Tulane senior quarterback Ryan Griffin has been named the College Sports Madness Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in leading Tulane to a 27-26 come-from-behind victory over C-USA rival SMU at home this past week.

First win "over," on to UTEP for Green Wave
"For us, it was like Moses parting the Red Sea or Jesus feeding 5,000," Johnson said Tuesday during his weekly media luncheon. "We did some stuff that we've never done or never heard about doing. We got some stops on the goal line that were miraculous. We hadn't driven the ball downfield in less than a minute."

Conference USA Rundown & Power Rankings: Week Seven - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |
The top two teams held their ground in this week's power rankings, but that's about all that stayed the same. Every other team rose or fell, most notably SMU dropping to No. 7 after their debacle at Tulane. As each week goes by, Conference USA is looking more and more like a five team race. Tulsa and Houston appear to be separating themselves from the rest of the West, while UCF, ECU and Marshall appear to be the contenders in the East.

UTEP football coach Mike Price's song remains the same - El Paso Times
The setting, the questions, the answers were all pretty much the same at UTEP coach Mike Price's weekly news conference. As has been the case since September, he talked about offensive struggles undoing a good defensive effort in another loss that was competitive for a while. He talked in general terms about making changes with that offense, moves at quarterback and about how to turn around a slumping season.

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