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For the first time in 2017, the Arizona Wildcats hit the road on Friday night when they make the four and a half hour trek down I-10 to take on the UTEP Miners. This is probably the last time this year that Arizona is far more talented than its opponent, and the Wildcats will need to impose their will on UTEP early to set the tone. Getting out to a big lead early will be crucial, since Friday night games can get weird if the underdog is allowed to hang around for too long.
Arizona leads the series 38-11-2. This is the first matchup between the teams in El Paso since 1977. The Miners are 5-17-1 all-time versus the Wildcats in the Sun City. UTEP has lost 12 straight to Arizona overall and four in a row in the Sun Bowl. The Miners last defeated the Wildcats on Nov. 14, 1970 – a 33-17 victory in El Paso. The programs first met on Nov. 4, 1916 as Arizona blanked the Miners 41-0.
I’m still unconvinced that Brandon Dawkins is the man for Rich Rodriguez and company, but UTEP is hot garbage this year, so this is basically a game against a glorified FCS team. I expect Arizona to jump out to an early 14-0 lead, then coast from there, winning comfortably in El Paso. Hopefully we’ll see lots of freshmen playing in garbage time, because they’re going to be sorely needed next Friday, when the Utes come calling.