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UTEP Miners 2012 NCAA Football Gambling Odds & Predictions

2012-13 Football Previews – (C-USA) – UTEP

Mike Price has led the UTEP Miners to six straight losing seasons, and yet he still has a job. He is in the final year of his contract though, so unless this team has a better season this might be his last year in El Paso. UTEP has made a habit of starting fast and then falling apart late in the season.

Conference USA 2012-2013 College Football Previews: UTEP Miners
Head Coach: Mike Price
2011 Record: 5-7
UTEP Gambling Odds from JustBet to win BCS Championship: (Part of Field) +1,800
UTEP Gambling Odds from 5Dimes to win Conference USA: +1,500
UTEP Team Page – Players Stats – Roster – 2012 Schedule –>

Can the team put together a winning season this year?

UTEP has an extremely difficult non-conference schedule this year, so they’ll have to try to navigate through that and get to a bowl game. The Miners lost quite a few starters from last year’s team, but there are a lot of guys returning who have had some experience on the field in the past. Let’s take a look at the strength and weaknesses of this team.

Team Strengths:

Mike Edwards is the leader of a strong group of wide receivers. Edwards is only 5’11, but he runs terrific routes and has a way of finding open space. He’ll likely be one of the most productive receivers in the conference this year. On the other side, Jordan Leslie had a solid freshman year and the team expects big things from him in his sophomore campaign.

Germard Reed and Horace Miller give the Miners two starts on the defensive line. Reed is a big defensive tackle who can really plug up the middle of the line. Miller is an impressive pass rusher because of his quickness around the outside. Both of these guys have great motors, and they will be leaders on the field this season.

Team Weaknesses:

UTEP must replace all three starting linebackers from last year. Jamie Irving, who missed all of last year due to injury, will be plugged into one of the spots. The rest of the linebacker unit is a major question mark. UTEP has several undersized and inexperienced guys that will likely be on the field here in 2012.

The running back position is a question mark this year as well. UTEP badly needs a consistent running game in the year ahead. Sophomore Nathan Jeffery will be the featured back, but he doesn’t have much help around him. Can the youngster handle a heavy load every week?  [soliloquy id=”82219″]

The Miners secondary isn’t very good, which is a big problem in a conference where teams air it out at every opportunity. DeShawn Grayson is a solid safety at the back, but the Miners cornerbacks have had trouble staying in front of people the last couple years. UTEP must do a better job limiting big plays.

2012-2013 UTEP Miners Football Prediction: 4-8

I don’t expect this to go well for UTEP in 2012. The Miners play a much more difficult schedule than last season, and I don’t think the team is better. The defense still has tons of holes, and the offense is relying on too many unknowns right now. Mike Price may well be on the way out of El Paso at the end of this season. Look for a very disappointing season for UTEP.

2012 UTEP Schedule

9/1/12 10:30 PM ET OKLA
9/8/12 7:00 PM ET @MISS
9/15/12 8:00 PM ET NMXST
9/22/12 TBD @WISC
9/29/12 TBD @ECAR
10/6/12 TBD SMU
10/13/12 TBD @TULSA
10/20/12 TBD TULNE
10/27/12 TBD @HOU
11/10/12 TBD CENFL
11/17/12 TBD @SOMIS
11/24/12 TBD RICE

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