NCAA point spread numbers show that UTEP collapsed under Mike Price to a 4-8 straight up and 6-5 against the NCAA football point spread numbers in 2007.
NCAA point spread stats show that the offensive player of the year for UTEP was running back Marcus Thomas. The defensive player of the year according to NCAA point spread numbers was probably safety Quintin Demps. Here are more NCAA football point spread numbers from the Texas El Paso Miners.
The 2008 season does have some promise according to NCAA football point spread experts with Vittatoe returning at quarterback. It was Vittatoe that had 290 yards or more in six of his final seven games with 25 total touchdown passes according to NCAA point spread stats. The bad news for UTEP is that the defense was horrible a year ago, ranking 117th in the country according to NCAA point spread stats. This conference has the worst defense in the nation or these numbers would be even worse. The team returns eight starters on defense according to NCAA point spread stats but that may not be good news.
UTEP actually started the season off a surprising 4-2 but a loss to East Carolina in overtime started the downslide for the Miners. UTEP did not win another game all season after the heart-breaking loss to East Carolina. How they recover from that collapse may decide Price’s future at UTEP. Freshman quarterback Trevor Vittatoe was solid but a horrible defense ruined UTEP’s season and has put Price on the hot seat.
There is just no sugarcoating this defense according to NCAA football point spread stats. They were 116th in the nation in yards allowed according to NCAA point spread numbers. They were 114th in points allowed according to NCAA point spread stats. The offense just couldn’t keep up. They ranked 37th in total yards in the country according to NCAA point spread stats. They were and even better 26th in points scored according to NCAA point spread stats.
The 2008 season will probably see a lot of high scoring games for UTEP according to NCAA point spread experts.