UTEP, at least, got to duck the cameras and just died at 5-7. That's instead of having won at Central Florida Friday and gone to a bowl game - and got plastered there. Bettter to just lose big at Central Florida and not look as bad as it is in national TV.
It was a 31-14 defeat Friday, but really it was a 31-0 thrashing. UTEP got two scores after the Knights were back-patting.
Both teams finished 5-7. Had UTEP won it would have gone to a bowl, and got poleaxes there. History yells so.
The point is: UTEP went into a game with the opportunity to go to a bowl. UTEP was smacked early. It was 31-0 at the half and UTEP was going nowhere on offense and Central Florida was going wherever it wanted; the knights chose the end zone most of the time.
UTEP had no offense until down 31-0. UTEP's defense did, yet again, a horrible job of tackling. No, the defense is not better now.
Central Florida wasn't a bad team, going in at 4-7. But what does it say when UTEP goes into Orlandio and gets just plain mashed when it was the team that had a bowl game on the line.