UTEP announced its football schedule for the 2017 season on Thursday. The Miners will play eight conference games, along with four non-league contests.
UTEP is slated to open the season at Norman, Okla. taking on Oklahoma on Sept. 2. The Sooners (11-2, 9-0 Big 12) finished the 2016 campaign rated No. 5 in the AP poll and notched a Sugar Bowl victory over Auburn.
The Miners will then have back-to-back home games taking on Rice (Sept. 9) and Arizona (Sept. 16). The last meeting between the squads was held in Tucson, Ariz. in 2003. The last time, the Wildcats traveled to the Sun City to take on UTEP was in 1977.
The team will then face 1-10 rival NM State on Sept. 23 in Las Cruces. UTEP will look to extend its eight-game winning streak against the Aggies. The Miners will travel to the state of New York for the second time in program history on Sept. 30 to take on Army. UTEP last played in New York in 2008 when it opened against Buffalo.
The Miners are then scheduled to face 2016 Conference USA Champions Western Kentucky on Oct. 7 at the Sun Bowl. They will then travel to Southern Miss on Oct. 14, followed by a bye week.
The squad will then battle it out with UTSA at home on Oct. 28. The last time the two met, UTEP defeated the Roadrunners 52-49 in five overtimes in the Alamodome.
The Miners will hit the road for two weeks to take on Middle Tennessee (Nov. 4) and North Texas (Nov. 11). UTEP will conclude its home schedule on Nov. 18 as it faces C-USA West Champion’s LA Tech.
The Miners will seal the regular season schedule on the road versus UAB on Nov. 25. This will be the fifth meeting between the two teams.
It is important to note that all games are subject to date changes and some dates are expected to move in the coming weeks in order accommodate national television.
Conference USA’s 13th annual Championship Game, pitting the champions of the East and West Divisions, is scheduled for Saturday, December 2.
The UTEP football team will be hosting its annual Signing Day Luncheon on Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the Larry K. Durham. There is less than 20 seats available so make sure to call the Miner Athletic Club at (915) 747-8759 or via email at MAC@utep.edu to reserve your seat today.
Season tickets will go on sale March 1. For more information or to purchase season tickets, please call the UTEP Season Ticket Office at (915) 747-6150.
Sept. 2 at Oklahoma
Sept. 9 RICE
Sept. 16 ARIZONA
Sept. 23 at New Mexico State
Sept. 30 at Army
Oct. 7 WKU
Oct. 14 at Southern Miss
Oct. 21 Bye
Oct. 28 UTSA
Nov. 4 at Middle Tennessee
Nov. 11 at North Texas
Nov. 18 LOUISIANA TECH
Nov. 25 at UAB