The UTEP Miners end their South to North three game Texas road trip in Denton Saturday against the North Texas Mean Green. It's a 1:30 MDT start at Apogee Stadium where the Mean Green are 5-0 this season, the game will be televised on CSS/Time Warner Texas.
The Miners will limp into Denton with a 1-7 overall record against a surging North Texas team that has won four straight and is sitting up top the C-USA west standings with an 6-3 overall mark and 4-1 conference record.
It will be interesting to see how Scott Stoker goes about game planning a play maker like Chancellor, then have to worry about slowing down a three headed monster in the run game.
The only opportunities for a win is to take care of the ball, sustain long drives that result in touchdowns instead of punts or blocked field goals. While on defense creating some turnovers giving Leftwich field position, and shutting down North Texas's run
No one outside of Denton expected North Texas to come into the C-USA and dominate like they have so far. This is a veteran group and a model for Sean Kugler and Co. to follow, as North Texas is playing the exact style Kugler is trying to instill here at UTEP.
When UTEP can sustain and finish drives, that usually gives the defense momentum in the second half, though getting to the second half within reach of the lead is the first battle they have to win.
Giving away an early turnover on the road against a team like North Texas is deadly so UTEP needs a faster than fast start to even have a chance.
I would expect UTEP to be fired up and play hard trying to shock the C-USA world behind a true freshman making his first start, though it could have also affected the team negatively as well for those who backed Garrett Simpson or Sullivan.
Big shout out to the DFW Miner Nation as various message boards are saying UTEP has sold out their allotment for the game in Denton. Even though this year is pretty much over Miner Nation still and will always love their Miners.
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