I don't like reading or hearing the phrase going around Utepia — "The Miners can keep their bowl hopes alive ..."
Yes, 6-6 gets schools into bowl games in these days of a bowl-game-a-night on cable TV. Tuesday. Wednesday. Bowls are not just for weekends, anymore.
The best UTEP can do is finish 7-5, and to do that the Miners must win each of their last three games: SMU here Saturday and at Houston and East Carolina.
UTEP will beat SMU, but will be a big underdog vs. the other two.
I understand "bowl" means something different these days. It basically means you get rewarded for not having a losing record. There are so many bowls that they need 6-6 teams to fill all the slots. I say a half dozen or more bowls should die.
Even 7-5 is no great shakes. If you are a fan at a big school, 7-5 might well get your coach fired, "bowl" game or not.