College Football Sources: BYU vs. UTEP in New Mexico Bowl

Brett RichinsSenior Analyst IDecember 1, 2010

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  TCU Horned Frogs fans fill the stands as TCU takes to the field against the BYU Cougars at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  TCU beat BYU 31-3.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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It appears it will be the BYU Cougars verses the UTEP Miners in the New Mexico Bowl on December 18th in Albuquerque.

BYU made the official announcement Wednesday night, while KVIA-TV in El Paso is reporting that UTEP has accepted a bid to be the Cougars’ opponent and will make it official on Thursday.

UTEP is coached by former Weber State head coach Mike Price.

Like BYU, the Miners finished the season with an overall record of 6-6 and finished 3-5 in the West Division of Conference USA.

The match up would be a throwback of sorts, the two schools were once members of the Western Athletic Conference until BYU left to help form the Mountain West Conference in 1998.

While BYU finished the season on an upswing, winning five of their last seven games, UTEP stumbled over the final half of the season, losing five of their last six games.

The two teams played just one common opponent in 2010: BYU defeated New Mexico 40-7, while UTEP downed the Lobos 38-20.

BYU will enter the game with a 3-2 record in bowl games under head coach Bronco Mendenhall.