The UTEP Miners open the season this Saturday when they travel to Little Rock to play the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Miners have shown improvement under head coach Phil Kugler, with the team in 2014 as they went 7-6 while losing the New Mexico Bowl.
Despite losing that game, the team turned thins around from the 2013 season when they went 2-10. This year, the Miners hope to at least compete in Conference USA and Kugler feels pretty confident in his chances.
In a press conference on Monday, which can be seen at utepathletics.com, Kugler laid out everything about the Razorbacks as soon as the conference began.
He admitted that while his team have improved and are looking to be a contender in the West Division, he knows that they are going up against one of the toughest teams in the country in Arkansas.
“We’re not as physical or as talented as Arkansas and we know that,” Kugler said. “They are the most physical team in the country and they are going to be tough to beat.”
Arkansas was named to the AP and Coaches preseason Top 25 after they finished the season with two straight shutouts and a 31-7 win in the Texas Bowl over Texas. They have been touted as one of the fastest rising teams in the nation and they will certainly be a threat to anyone who steps on the field with them.
Unfortunately for the Miners, they are up first.
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