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2018 Miner Football Schedule Released

Tuesday morning, Conference USA officials released UTEP’s 2018 Football schedule, featuring six home games.

“Our staff and players are really looking forward to the challenge ahead with our 2018 schedule,” said head coach Dana Dimel. “Eight teams on our schedule were bowl-eligible last season as well as a Northern Arizona team that qualified for the FCS playoffs.”

The Miners, coming off their 0-12 record, kick off the Dana Dimel era with a home game against Northern Arizona, then hit the road to Vegas to take on UNLV.

Things heat up by week 3, as the Miners will be taking on another one of college football’s perennial powerhouses – Tennessee – before settling in to take on long-time rival and Arizona Bowl victors New Mexico State in the Sun Bowl.

The rest of the regular season for UTEP  features CUSA match-ups, with a bye week on October 13th.

The full schedule is below

Sept. 1 NORTHERN ARIZONA

Sept. 8 at UNLV

Sept. 15 at Tennessee

Sept. 22 NEW MEXICO STATE

Sept. 29 at UTSA

Oct. 6 NORTH TEXAS

Oct. 13 Bye

Oct. 20 at Louisiana Tech

Oct. 27 UAB

Nov. 3 at Rice

Nov. 10 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Nov. 17 at Western Kentucky

Nov. 24 SOUTHERN MISS

**Home games in BOLD

***note from UTEP: It is important to take under consideration that all game are subject to date changes and some dates are expected to move in the coming weeks in order to accommodate national television.

“This is a tremendous schedule for our fans. We have two home games each month,” said Dimel. “I really think our fans will enjoy watching our team compete from start to finish, whether we’re hosting Northern Arizona in the season-opener, playing in Knoxville against Tennessee, or battling down the stretch in November against an exciting C-USA slate that ends with Southern Miss in the Sun Bowl.”

According to the CUSA Website, the 2018 alignment will feature seven teams in the East Division and seven teams in the West Division.  Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion and WKU comprise the East Division, while Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP and UTSA make up the West Division.

Each school will play every team in its division once for six games, while playing two cross-over opponents from the opposite division.  Each team will reverse the location of its 2017 conference opponents, both inter-division opponents and intra-division foes.

The conference is in the second year of a rotation between cross-division opponents that will rotate every two years until 2024, when each school has played every opponent in the opposite division once home and away.

UTEP’s New Head Football Coach Dimel Comments on Recruiting Process

As New UTEP head football coach Dana Dimel begins the recruiting process for the 2018 season, he released the following statement Wednesday morning:

“We’re pleased to say that the initial stages of our recruiting process are going well. The first step that we have taken is to evaluate the personnel within the program. This has allowed us to address our needs,” said Dimel.

“The next step was to get a good feel on numbers we have in each class. This allows us to have a plan for balancing our numbers in the future. There are several recruits across Texas and the country that we have had conversations and contacts with. We have chosen not to sign any so we can further get to know them and allow them to officially visit our campus in January. Some of these recruits could be mid-year transfers. We are moving swiftly but are doing our due diligence. Each decision is based on the long-term future of our program.”

Football coaches will once again hit the recruiting trail from Jan. 12-Feb. 3. National signing day is Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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