I can't think of a bigger gut-check game for a Mike Price-coached UTEP football team. Friday is big, all right.
Opponent Central Florida, albeit the home team, is on the skids and has no mathematical chance of a winning season. And it was just slapped by the NCAA for violations. This is a 4-7 team heading down.
On Friday, UTEP (5-6) can become bowl eligible for the second year in a row with a win.
But Price has an awful November record here. He's in his eighth season and is 10-20. So far this November he's 1-2.
Price is known as a motivator-by-gimmick coach. But he's always run out of hype by this time of most every season. He even had November losers most seasons while at Weber State, and then at Washington State.
Does UTEP even have what it takes to beat a down-and-out Central Florida team? UTEP has no history of oomph in November.
If Price can't get the guys to play this special week — a bowl game is on the line ...
And if these Miners can't get mentally up to play (they should be able to do it on their own) ...
Yep, it's the biggest gut-check game for a Price team in Utepia.