The only El Paso team that has started a season 2-0 in recent memory has been the Pacific Coast League Chihuahuas; until this year it hadn’t happened with UTEP football since the days of the Reagan administration (check it out, 1988, wins over Mankato State & Weber State for Bob Stull!), so maybe the Miners and their fans can be excused for celebrating like it’s Cinco de Mayo after wins over New Mexico State and Bethune-Cookman.
Boise obviously a much tougher test for Dana Dimel’s troops, but UTEP did hint at an improved attack a year ago before injuries and Covid robbed the momentum, while QB Devin Hardison (4 TDP thru 2 weeks) and slashing RB Ronald Awatt (already 200 YR and 6.7 ypc) have been providing a bit of a big-play dimension in the early going.
Yes, the Broncos are surely kicking themselves after blowing a 21-point lead in the opener at UCF, but expect new HC Andy Avalos to demand a bit more balance injected into the offense after gaining less than a yard per carry at Orlando. That might slow the pace just enough to keep the scoreline respectable, especially as UTEP seems to have enough competence to hang inside these sorts of inflated imposts in 2021.