The expectations have brought us up to this point when UTEP hosts New Mexico (2-1) on Saturday at the Sun Bowl to wrap up non-conference play. Now, the Miners are at a fork in the road for their young season.
It's been a while since the University of New Mexico has capitalized on recruiting El Paso football talent but in 2020, the Lobos secured commitments from arguably the city's top offensive and defensive prospects.
Earlier this week, the Mountain West released the league model for the upcoming season, featuring an eight conference schedule plus two non-conference opponents and a start date set for Sept. 26. This complicates things for the college football season in the area.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to the leadership of the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University to "postpone collegiate athletics in this moment of escalating danger," specifically fall contact sports such as football and soccer.