The UTEP Miners are a beatable football team this weekend for the Aggies — NMSU is 2 1/2-point favorites going into the game.
Here's some reasons why UTEP is beatable.
• The team is dealing with injury issues. Freshman quarterback Jay Hall is starting in place of Nick Lamaison who separated his shoulder last weekend at SMU. Starting defensive lineman Germard Reed will also miss the game with a neck injury as will long snapper Matt Camille who also has a hurt shoulder.
• The Miners offensive line hasn't played very well this year.
• UTEP hasn't had a running game so far this year. The Miners ran the ball 26 times for 30 yards last week in a close game against SMU — a 28-17 loss. UTEP couldn't establish the run despite being down just 21-17 in the second half.
The Miners defense played good in the second half against SMU. The Miners didn't give up a defensive touchdown in the second half — SMU recovered a fumble in the endzone late in the fourth quarter.
I wrote on column on this weekend's game that appeared in Tuesday's Sun-News. Click here to read it.