Clearly UTEP is a better football team than this particular Mountain West Conferencemember - where UTEP and its Conference USA is to merge.
The 31-17 Homecoming win over Colorado State was scoreboard easy. Romp. UTEP scored on four long touchdowns: 35 yards, 48, 82 and 33. Vernon Frazier had the 48 and the 82. Colorado State was basically snuffed all night by the UTEP defense
This isn't going to happen often. This has not happend much at all in 40 years in Utepia.
OK, Brass tacks.
UTEP is 4-3 and on a two-game winning streak at a time of the season the sprial is usually down. I'm giving this new, positive trend to the defense. Last week UTEP's defense gave up only 7 points at Tulane. Saturday, Colorado State's offense was never in control. After a field goal and a touchdown in the first half, the Rams went six straight possessions without nothing.
Colorado State didn't appear as good as some of UTEP's C-USAs opponents to come.
OK, s'more brass tacks: This was the second game in a row that UTEP quarterback Nick Lamaison was not the big star. That came be a good sign because Lamaison is a good quarterback. He'll do better. Two games, two wins, no Lamaison pulling it out. Yet he remains the marquee player on offense.
Bottom line brass tacks: Next week UTEP hosts Southern Mississippi; UTEP should be installed as an underdog (I'll predict 9 points, maybe the oddsmakers will set the line at more). The season does not get easier than Tulane and Colorado State in the final five games.
I'm saying UTEP's prospects rest with the defense. I'm saying there will be no more wins because of four long TDs, but if the defense keeps it up, and Lamaison takes control ... and the offensive line (unsung so far )keeps it going ...
Tune in. UTEP has already done better than expected at 4-3 with five games to play.