It's good news for Trevor Vittatoe that he's the starter at QB for UTEP's regular-season finale. Like Price says, you've got to admire how tough he is. Are his ankles like crushed glass by now? He's turning into Brett Favre — too tough to knock out of the lineup. But, like Favre, it's not his old self anymore.
But to beat Tulsa, UTEP will have to pull its biggest upset - pretty close to ever!
Likely UTEP will finish 6-6 and some bowl will get stuck with the Miners. Editorially, we're saying that UTEP may not be able to afford to go to a bowl game should it be invited. Many schools lose money when they go to mid-level bowls.
This will go down as a season where senior leadership was lacking, veteran receivers still dropped balls and HOW IN THE WORLD does a team get so many offensive linemen injured?
It was the easiest early season sked for the Miners - maybe ever: There was a good point made when UTEP was 5-1 and heading to play at 1-5 UAB. Had they played each other's schedule, the records would have been reversed. UTEP is 1-4 since going 5-1.
Unless UTEP does pull the big upset, and finish 7-5, the Miners should quietly pack up the gear for the season. And don't expect Tulsa to let down. Tulsa is going for the C-USA title and the Liberty Bowl. It's about the only status bowl C-USA really has.
Thirty-five bowls are way too many. Seventy of the 120 schools go to a bowl? They're turning college football into what parents have made little kid sports nowadays - everybody gets a trophy.