As the Miner football team prepares for Saturday's season opener in Albuquerque against the New Mexico Lobos, UTEP head coach Sean Kugler has been pleased with his team's demeanor on and off the field.

The Lobos are favored by 7.5 points over the Miners, who are trying to avenge last season's 42-35 loss to New Mexico at the Sun Bowl. One bright spot for the Miners is that the team is healthy heading into their season opener. This is a major difference from last year's season opener, when 16 players were injured.