UTEP announced that it would play a non-conference football road game against the University of Tennessee in 2018. It will be the Miners third all-time visit to Knoxville and their first trip over there since 1990. In 1986, UTEP played Tennessee tough and lost 26-16. Four years later, the Vols crushed the Miners 56-0. Although financial terms were not disclosed, a game like this will pay UTEP more than a million dollars.
Rhiannon Potkey, who covers Tennessee football for the Knoxville News Sentinel, said that Tennessee will pay UTEP $1.4 million for the 2018 game.

Today's announcement gave me a chance to take a look at UTEP's future college football schedules over the next six years. The Miners will only have five home games in 2017, however, their lone non-conference showdown at the Sun Bowl will be against Pac-12 power Arizona. The following season, the Miners travel to Tucson and Knoxville. They will also play NMSU at home and most likely a second home game against a lesser opponent. In 2019, Nevada will come to the Sun Bowl and the Miners begin a home and home series with Texas Tech, traveling to Lubbock first before hosting the Red Raiders the following season. In 2021, they begin another home and home series with Boise State. The Miners also host New Mexico that season. Thanks to fbschedules.com, here are the known games and dates for UTEP's future non conference football games.

09/02 - at Oklahoma
09/16 - Arizona
09/30 - at Army
TBA - at New Mexico State

09/15 - at Tennessee
TBA - at Arizona
TBA - New Mexico State

09/07 - at Texas Tech
TBA - Nevada
TBA - at New Mexico State

09/05 - Texas Tech
TBA - at Nevada
TBA - New Mexico State

09/04 - at Boise State
TBA - New Mexico
TBA - at New Mexico State

09/03 - at Oklahoma
09/24 - Boise State
TBA - at New Mexico
TBA - New Mexico State

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