I think Bob Stull had it right when he more than hinted UTEP will be playing mostly Mountain Time Zone opponents, holdovers from the Big East's raid on the Mountain West Conference, maybe by 2013.
Some think it's imminent (today or Wednesday) that the Big East will announced it's taking Boise State and San Diego State from the Mountain West; and Houston, SMU and Central Florida from UTEP's Conference USA. Talk of Air Force of the MWC going to the Big East has been waning.
Navy might join the Big East for football only, as would Boise State and San Diego State. OK. And I hope there are no snafus in this good deal for UTEP.
That means, as Stull hinted (strongly), that the Mountain West and C-USA will form an alliance, and UTEP will play most of its games in what's left of the MWC division of that alliance: New Mexico, Colorado State, Wyoming, Air Force (?) ,UNLV ... and Fresno State and Nevada are joining, and Hawaii would be a football member.
This is good. UTEP will be back home.
This is logical. Hope it happens.