UTEP Miners Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

UTEP College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

UTEP Miners Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the UTEP season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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UTEP Miners Preview
Head Coach: Dana Dimel, 5th year at UTEP, 12-33
11th year overall, 42-72: 2021 Preview
2021 Record: Overall: 7-6, Conference: 4-4
Keys To The Season
Season Prediction, What Will Happen
UTEP Top 10 Players | UTEP Schedule

UTEP Miners Preview 2022

It was one of the best stories of 2021.

UTEP, the program that hadn’t had a lick of luck for so many years and only went 5-27 in three seasons under head coach Dana Dimel was … good?

The seven-wins and bowl appearance was the best season since 2014, and the team won two more games in one year than it did over the previous four combined.

It hasn’t been easy to come up with any sort of success at UTEP, much less a sustained level of high play, but this year’s team is loaded with all-stars from 2021, it has depth, and now it knows what it’s like to win.

Unlike others in the conference who are off to the American Athletic Conference next year, UTEP is expected to stick around after this season, and it’s got a chance to establish itself as the star of the league going forward.

For now, just coming up with another winning season would be good enough.

UTEP Miners Preview 2022: Offense

The offense couldn’t move the chains, it couldn’t complete passes, and it turned the ball over WAY too much. However, for a program that struggled for a long, long time to get things going, averaging 392 yards and 25 points per game was great.

No, the passing accuracy wasn’t there, but the deep ball opened everything up and the running game wasn’t all that bad over the first half of the season. Seven starters are expected back, but …

Leading receiver Jacob Cowing is off to Arizona. He was a special target who averaged close to 20 yards per catch, and No. 2 receiver Justin Garrett is gone.

However, Tyrin Smith averaged over 17 yards per catch on his 33 grabs with four scores, TE Trent Thompson scored four times on his nine catches, and there’s help on the way from the JUCO ranks and with a few new receivers ready to rise up.

Gavin Hardison did his part to make the offense go. The junior threw for 3,223 yards and 18 touchdowns averaging nine yards per throw. Now he has to relax on the interceptions after throwing 13.

The offensive line is one of the best the program has had in years. Three Honorable Mention All-Conference USA blockers are back, starting with Andrew Meyer at center and with two good parts on the right side in guard Elijah Klein and tackle Jeremiah Byers.

The backs are there to do even more. Ronald Awatt led the team with 854 yards and six scores – averaging 5.4 yards per carry – and Deion Hankins is a good veteran who ran for 453 yards and six touchdowns. They’ll combine for over 1,300 yards again behind this line.

UTEP Miners Preview 2022: Defense

Where did that come from? The defense was solid against the run, allowed just 25 points per game, and finished second in Conference USA giving up 349 yards per game. With eight starters back and seven all-stars returning, the Miners should do it all again.

The 1-2 linebacking punch of Breon Hayward and Tyrice Knight combined for 210 tackles and should be the rock of the defense again. They’re the big, active 2 in the 4-2-5, and they should stay clean behind a big, experienced line.

Praise Amaewhule is among the best pass rushers in Conference USA with 5.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. He’s set on one side, leading sacker Jadrian Taylor is back on the other, and 300-pounders Kelton Moss and Keenan Stewart lock things up on the inside. this group will be even better against the run.

The transfer portal is helping out the secondary with Kobe Hylton coming in from Louisiana for one safety job and Josiah Allen a good JUCO transfer at corner. Dennis Barnes was third on the team with 59 tackles, and CB Corey Richardson led the team with eight broken up passes.

Keys To The Season
Season Prediction, What Will Happen
UTEP Top 10 Players | UTEP Schedule

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UTEP Miners Top 10 Players: College Football Preview 2022

Who are the top 10 UTEP players going into the 2022 college football season?

UTEP Miners Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?


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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: Conference USA Spring Version 2022

Conference USA college football rankings and predictions with realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.

Conference USA college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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It’s a new world for Conference USA with the loss of Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss over to the Sun Belt. There are still plenty of good teams still around, but the league is hanging on through the expansion process.

Can 2021’s star teams keep it all going? UTSA and WKU won’t be quite as good, UAB should be strong, and UTEP might just keep on stunning.

If Florida Atlantic can rise up after a down season, and if North Texas and Middle Tennessee can be bowl-worthy again, it should be a fun run.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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College Basketball Predictions: Conference Tournament Picks, Wednesday

College basketball picks, predictions, and what will happen for the Wednesday conference tournament games.

College basketball picks, predictions, and what will happen for the Wednesday conference tournament games.


College Basketball Predictions: Wednesday

What’s going to happen and who’ll win all the college basketball conference tournament games on Wednesday? Click for full previews and predictions for the biggest games, but for all of the rest, here’s a quick look at what will happen along with the picks and lines.

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Bowl Game Reaction: Boca Raton, Celebration, New Mexico, Independence

Quick reactions to the college football games: Boca Raton, Celebration, New Mexico, Independence Bowls

Bowl Game Reaction to the Boca Raton, Celebration, New Mexico, and Independence Bowls


Bowl Game Reaction: Boca Raton, Celebration, New Mexico, Independence

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Bowl Game Reactions  
– Boca Raton: WKU 59, App St 38
– Celebration, New Mexico, Independence to come

Boca Raton Bowl Reaction: WKU 59, Appalachian State 38

– Now THAT’S a bowl game. It started early, started fast, and it kept on rolling until Appalachian State punched itself out in the second half. 1,246 yards of total offense, 97 points, big play after big play. This was why we all do bowl season.

– Bailey Zappe was incredible. He threw for 422 yards and six scores with no picks, but he had a whole lot of help. Zappe was the signature star coming in from Houston Baptist – and he set the single season passing record and broke Joe Burrow’s touchdown pass record – but battery mate Jerreth Sterns had a whole lot to do with it, too. The star WR caught 13 passes for 184 yards and three scores.

– Appalachian State could never get control. For good and for mostly bad, it kept scoring too quickly. It needed to slow things down to a stop, but it got caught up in a firefight and couldn’t keep up. The running game did what it was supposed to do – 251 yards – but the team only had the ball for just over 31 minutes. The time of possession battle needed to be lopsided.

– No, WKU’s defense didn’t do a whole lot – it couldn’t tackle, it gave up over 600 yards, and it struggled – but the four turnovers made a difference. The pace of the game made Appalachian State press, and the mistakes followed.

COMING: Celebration Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Independence Bowl

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5 Best College Football Bowl Predictions Against The Spread: December 17-18

5 best predictions against the spread for college football’s early bowl games – December 17th and 18th. Which games appear to be the best bets against the spread?

5 best predictions for college football bowl games – Friday, December 17 and Saturday, December 18. What games appear to be the best bets and the best picks?


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Bowl Game Predictions, Previews 
CFN Experts Picks: Bowls Dec 17-27
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Results So Far ATS: 84-63-2

Even in the best of times trying to bet on bowl games is tricky – teams get out of their respective regular season grooves. In 2020 it was impossible, and in 2021 it’s forget-about-it tough.

But they’re bowl games. You’re going to bet on them.

Trying to navigate through the opt-outs, coaching changes, and relative interest among the various teams, here are five of the best-looking investment opportunities for the first batch on Friday, December 17th and Saturday, December 18th.

Good luck and godspeed.

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5. Coastal Carolina vs Northern Illinois: Tailgreeter Cure Bowl

LINE Coastal Carolina -11
ATS PICK Northern Illinois

How much do you believe that the regular season could carry over into the bowls? If you think that’s possible, then Northern Illinois shouldn’t have a problem covering this.

Those are a whole lot of points to be giving away to the champion of the MAC. Some might be freaked out by the late-season blowout loss to Western Michigan – NIU already had a spot in the MAC Championship wrapped up.

Northern Illinois is a badly flawed team in a whole lot of ways, and there’s reason to be concerned against an ultra-efficient, high-powered Coastal Carolina squad.

The Huskies don’t do much to pressure the backfield, they give up a whole lot of yards, and they don’t come up with enough takeaways or third down stops.

However, they’re great at dominating the time of possession, and they should be able to counteract what Coastal Carolina does by grinding and grinding some more.

The Chanticleers are more fun, more explosive, and more splashy on both sides of the ball, but they also struggled against mediocre team after mediocre team over the back half of the season.

The best win of the year was against … Kansas? Troy? You have as many wins over 2021 bowl teams as Coastal Carolina does.

That doesn’t mean the Sun Belt star can’t and won’t win this, and there’s a historical reason to think there could be a problem for Northern Illinois. The Huskies haven’t just lost their last six bowl games going back to the 2011 GoDaddy.com against Arkansas State; they’ve been annihilated in most of them.

This Northern Illinois is good at making teams play at its pace.

Now, if Toledo has problems in the Bahamas Bowl early on Friday and if Northern Illinois gets bombed on in this, avoid the MAC fast. But until that happens …

11 is a big number to be giving away here.

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Fresno State vs UTEP: PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Fresno State vs UTEP: PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Fresno State vs UTEP: PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch 


Fresno State vs UTEP: PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl How To Watch

Date: Saturday, December 18
Game Time: 2:15 pm ET
Venue: Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Network: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Fresno State (9-3), UTEP (7-5)

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Fresno State vs UTEP PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl Preview

You want a bowl game with a team that’s going to care? UTEP hasn’t been to a bowl since 2014, and this is just its second winning season since 2005.

It’s been a wonderful breakthrough year for the program that’s used to being the free-space on everyone’s schedule. It didn’t exactly play a killer slate, but it managed to get through with a solid defense that was great at getting off the field – the Miners finished second in Conference USA in total D – and an offense that hit its deep shots down the field whenever it had the chance.

Fresno State just missed out on playing for the Mountain West title, it was good enough to beat UCLA and San Diego State, and it’s now going through a transition with head coach Kalen DeBoer off coaching the Washington Huskies and with Jeff Tedford coming aboard for next season. Running backs coach Lee Marks will take over the head coaching duties in this.

Fresno State QB Jake Haener was off with DeBoer to Washington, changed his mind, and now he’s back. The talent is there defensively – the Bulldog run defense allowed just 127 yards per game – it’s got a great offensive line and a strong running game, and the attack that led the conference in total yards is going to be dangerous.

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UTEP vs UAB Prediction, Game Preview

UTEP vs UAB prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Friday.

UTEP vs UAB prediction, game preview, how to watch: Friday, November 26


UTEP vs UAB How To Watch

Date: Friday, November 26
Game Time: 2:00 ET
Venue: Protective Stadium, Birmingham, AL
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: UTEP (7-4), UAB (7-4)
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UTEP vs UAB Game Preview


Why UTEP Will Win

UTEP got its groove back after a three-game losing stretch with Gavin Hardison and the passing game going off in the win over Rice.

The Miner offense hits a whole slew of big plays down the field, but it’s also able to control the clock thanks to a defense that’s great at getting off the field. This isn’t normal for the program.

One of the best stories of the year, UTEP is going bowling, it’s interesting, and it’s got a good enough team in place to win a game like this against a strong UAB team.

The Blazer pass defense will give up big plays here and there, there are a TON of penalties, and there’s a little too much inconsistency for a team this good, but …

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Why UAB Will Win

The Blazer running game should be able to pound a bit.

UTEP has been great on the defensive front throughout the season, but that’s partly because it hasn’t played a whole slew of teams with nasty ground attacks.

UAB ran for 200 yards or more in three of the last five games, was well balanced in the 34-31 loss to UTSA last week, and it should all click at home.

As good as the UTEP offense has been at times, and even with the good passing game that can explode, the offense doesn’t score a ton for all the positives. It only managed 13 on Boise State and 23 against UTSA in the blowout loss – it’s done a lot of scoring against bad teams.

UAB’s defense is nasty against the run and leads Conference USA in total yards allowed, so …

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What’s Going To Happen

UAB might not win the Conference USA championship, but now it’s about jockeying for a good bowl position.

At home in the regular season finale – and on Senior Day – the Blazers will bounce back from the loss to UTSA and match UTEP big pass play for big pass play to go along with a terrific day on the ground.

UAB will be in control throughout.

College Football Schedule: Week 13 Predictions, Lines

UTEP vs UAB Prediction, Lines

UAB 34, UTEP 20
Line: UAB -13.5, o/u: 50
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 3

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Rice vs UTEP Prediction, Game Preview

Rice vs UTEP prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

Rice vs UTEP prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 20


Rice vs UTEP How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 20
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Rice (3-7), UTEP (6-4)
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Rice vs UTEP Game Preview


Why Rice Will Win

The Rice offense is working.

It was supposed to be a running team as the year went on, but the receivers were there from the start. Okay early on, now the passing attack has kicked it in with 200 yards or more in each of the last four games with a season-high 380 yards against WKU.

The Owls might be throwing well, but they’re about controlling the clock. UTEP lives on time of possession, and the Rice offense should be able to offset that. However …

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Why UTEP Will Win

UTEP needs to get its groove back in a three-game losing streak. So what’s going wrong?

The defense has stopped taking the ball away.

The Miners forced 12 takeaways in the six wins, and it has a grand total of zero in the four losses. The Rice offense should be able to help change all of that.

The Owl offense might be playing better, but it’s also giving the ball away in bulk with five turnovers in the loss to WKU and six games with multiple mistakes.

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What’s Going To Happen

Rice desperately needs a win to make something positive happen over the back half of the season, but UTEP will turn things back around with enough deep passing shots to matter and more than enough third down stops and takeaways to get by.

It might not be anything pretty, but in the home finale in a strong season, UTEP will close with a bang before going to UAB on the way to a bowl game.

College Football Schedule: Week 12 Predictions, Lines

Rice vs UTEP Prediction, Lines

UTEP 26, Rice 24
Line: UTEP -9.5, o/u: 47
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 2

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UTEP vs North Texas Prediction, Game Preview

UTEP vs North Texas prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win this Saturday.

UTEP vs North Texas prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 13


UTEP vs North Texas How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 13
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: UTEP (6-3), North Texas (3-5)
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UTEP vs North Texas Game Preview


Why UTEP Will Win

Time to get back on track.

The Miners have the Conference USA world there for the taking, but losses to Florida Atlantic and UTSA in back-to-back weeks all but ended that.

Whatever. UTEP is going bowling.

The Miners continue to be the best in the league at third down defense, the line is getting into the backfield, and the offensive front is giving everyone time to work.

North Texas might have cranked up the offense against a sad Southern Miss team, but the passing game isn’t efficient, the defense doesn’t come up with third down stops, and the running game that’s been so strong now has to go up against a UTEP defense that’s been a rock until dealing with UTSA.

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Why North Texas Will Win

The Mean Green running game is rolling.

They have a slew of smallish, quick backs who can all come up with yards in chunks, and they did that with 321 yards last week, they’re averaging a Conference USA-high 228 yards per game, and the O is working with 12 touchdowns over the last four weeks.

The defense has’t been great, but it’s not getting gouged. As good as UTEP is, it’s not putting up big numbers – it hasn’t scored more than 28 since September 4th.

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What’s Going To Happen

North Texas is trending up with two straight road wins, and offense that’s finally starting to do what it wants, and with a schedule that’s more manageable. It lost six straight games before the recent two wins, but it was supposed to lose all six.

UTEP is playing well on the lines, the downfield passing games are there, and it’ll grind through with a good day from the run defense to stop the current slide.

College Football Schedule: Week 11 Predictions, Lines

UTEP vs North Texas Prediction, Lines

UTEP 28, North Texas 26
Line: UTEP -1, o/u: 55
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5

Must See Rating: 2.5

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