The UTEP football team has traded what would have been a rare seventh home game against Colorado State for a Sept. 27, 2014 trip to Kansas State, athletic director Bob Stull said Wednesday.
The Miners' non-conference schedule now includes home games with Texas Tech and New Mexico State with road games against New Mexico and Kansas State. The game against the Wildcats is a one-time game, as KSU is paying UTEP and won't owe the Miners a return trip to El Paso.
"Six home and six away, it's more balanced," Stull said. "The only people who have seven home games are selling out their stadium every game. We decided we belong at 6-6."
As for playing two Big 12 schools, Stull said it's the trend among mid-major programs, particularly in Conference USA.
"We're a Division I school, this is a great opportunity," Stull said. "No. 1 is recruiting. Playing against Texas (in 2016), Texas Tech, Kansas State, Wisconsin (in 2012), to get good talent you need to play those games.
"And our conference has changed dramatically. Most teams in our conference are playing two or even three (power conference teams)."