SMU is not a good football team. Tulane, which beat UTEP last week is not a good team, either. Or Rice. But Tulane had it in the clutch last weekend and now SMU had it in the clutch Saturday. And next weekend UTEP plays at Rice, which finally won a C-USA game by defeating Tulane Saturday.
I'm beginning to think UTEP Coach Mike Price had it right when he said on the post-game radio show after SMU's 35-31 win in Dallas Saturday: "We should have a better record than that (3-7)."
I think UTEP has a handful of loser-types who don't have the mental discipline, yet play key positons on offense and defense. I'm not talking about linemen here. AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, passes were dropped in situations that could have been game-sealers. And guys jumping off sides. Stupid football.
UTEP quarterback Trevor Vittatoe isn't having a very good season, but he did pass for 396 yards against SMU. You'd think he was a team leader by now. Donald Buckram ran for 236 yards. He's have a year most teams could ride to a winning season and a bowl.
If Price decides to come back next season, it's strongly suggested he dump some losers. And instead of continuing as a "players' coach," he needs to add a whole lot more drill sergeant into his modus operandi.
C'mon, already. SMU gave up more than 600 yards and still won. How can a team continue to lose to other bad teams like this?