UTEP got to pour it on a fellow regular Division 1-A school Saturday, outclassing SMU by a lot, 36-10. It was a preview of next year. UTEP won't win again this year, but signs sure look good for Mike Price's program.
The Miners went to 5-5 with the win over SMU, the paltry team with a new coach, his new system, new players and some of those players suspended because they don't see things his way. That's their problem.
But this is it. The Miners also went to 5-5 after starting 0-3. That has to sink in. That is news in Utepia.
That's to be the stamp on this season; comeback! The Miners came back! That is something for a UTEP team. History doesn't show that happening ... tell me when. If you can, then you must remember riding in a Butterfield Stagecoach.
But, honesty serves here. One can't expect UTEP to win at Houston next week or at East Carolina in the season finale in two weeks. Upset? OK. But UTEP isn't that good, especially on defense.
And there's more: And especially since the heart of the team, q'back Trevor Vittatoe, obviously hurt his ankle a bit more. Coaches were so right in keeping him out the fourth quarter. By the way, UTEP did not score in the fourth quarter.
But it sure must have felt good for the Miners whipping up on SMU like they did Saturday. I'm telling you - next year. Follow Mike Price's history. Next year.
I'm thinking "whipping up on" is going to happen more and more next next year.