If UTEP wins -- and no outcome this week would be crazy -- it will be 6-4 and likely headed to a bowl. That may not be an unqualified success given what the record could look like, but it will be progress.
Lose this game and the next two look beyond daunting. Another off-season of soul searching will begin. This really is UTEP's last stand, a chance to rescue success for this season or to doom it to the dustbin.