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SMU at UTEP GameWeek Reading Material

Here's a few pieces concerning both the SMU Mustangs and the UTEP Miners as we head into this Saturday's Conference USA Football matchup in El Paso.

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SMU (1-3) at Texas-El Paso (1-4) (ET) |
SMU is off to a 1-3 start and has yet to defeat an FBS opponent. In a game that was characterized by a heavy rainfall, the Mustangs (1-3) lost, 24-16, while trying to upset the 15th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs their last time out. UTEP dropped to 1-4 overall last week with a 28-18 loss to the East Carolina Pirates in Greenville. The Miners allowed ECU to rush for 217 yards, making it the fourth time in five games their opponent has amassed 200 yards or more on the ground.

Game 6: Miners Seek First Conference Victory at Home Versus SMU - University of Texas at El Paso Official Athletic Site
UTEP faces SMU in its Conference USA home opener. The Miners are 16-12 in C-USA home games since joining the league for the 2005 season. UTEP was 1-3 in C-USA home games last season.

Football Receiver, Michael Edwards, Named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List - University of Texas at El Paso Official Athletic Site
UTEP football's Michael Edwards was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List on Tuesday. The award is presented annually to the nation's outstanding college football receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. (TQC).

Mike Price Media Luncheon Quotes (10/1/12) - University of Texas at El Paso Official Athletic Site
"It was a most unusual game this weekend ... one of many since I've been here with the weather the way it was. For the fifth straight game we came out with energy. We were enthusiastic and ready to play. On the opening kickoff we knocked out their number one running back, which was a mistake, because the number three guy came in and did a super job. We put together a 98-yard touchdown drive. They did a nice job with their punting game. Our possessions were backed up quite often."

SMU vs. UTEP: Mustangs looking to bounce back after loss to TCU - SB Nation Dallas
The SMU Mustangs are off to a 1-3 start in 2012, but all three losses have come to Big 12 opponents. Last Saturday, the Mustangs kept it close against rival TCU, but still lost the Battle for the Iron Skillet for the fifth time in six seasons. They'll be looking to bounce back on the road in El Paso against the UTEP Miners, who have had their own struggles this year.

SMU loses starting safety to season-ending injury | CollegeFootballTalk
Ryan Smith suffered a right-leg injury in the second quarter of last Saturday’s game. Unfortunately, the injury will cost the starting safety the remainder of the 2012 season. Smith is the third SMU defensive back to suffer a season-ending injury since the start of summer camp.

What's Up in Sports: Hoping to bounce back at home - What's Up: Sports
The UTEP Miners can be described as the Jekyll and Hyde of college football, putting together inspired performances against top quality opponents and then sputtering on the road against teams more their equal. That’s why their Conference USA home opener at the Sun Bowl this Saturday, Oct. 6, is pivotal if they are to save the 2012 season.