UTEP Miners Football Odds

UTEP Miners Football Odds

The city of El Paso, Texas, averages 302 days per year of sun, offers some of the best Tex-Mex cuisine in the world, and plays host to UTEP Miners football.

The University of Texas at El Paso football team is a member of Conference USA and counts among a dozen FBS programs in the Lone Star State. For fans, UTEP has been frustrating at times, with just five winning seasons since 2000, but for bettors, UTEP provides potentially appealing college football odds at Texas sportsbooks (once they become legal).

Below, check out how to bet on UTEP football online, including live UTEP Miners odds direct from legal online sportsbooks.

This week’s UTEP football spread

Below, find live UTEP Miners football odds feed from regulated Texas sportsbooks (once legalized). You can change which odds you view by bet type. If you see UTEP Football odds you want to bet, click them to visit that TX online betting site immediately.

UTEP Conference Championship odds

Oddsmakers put out odds for many futures markets, such as the next national and conference champions. Below, see the latest odds on the UTEP Miners to win Conference USA.

How to bet on UTEP football online

If you’re just starting out betting on Miners football or sports in general, you may run into some confusion over common betting terms. Let’s cover some of the most popular college football bet types, so you can more confidently wager on UTEP football.

What is the UTEP football point spread? 

In college football especially, some games are so one-sided that a moneyline bet holds no real appeal. The odds are so slanted and the potential profit so small that bettors simply choose not to wager on them.

The point spread, however, creates additional value by making the game more “even” for the underdog. Oddsmakers assign the favorite a number of points they are expected to win by. If they can’t win by that amount or more, bets on the underdog would pay out.

To shout out a favorite, FanDuel Sportsbook has great college football point spread odds. For those looking for competitive UTEP Miners betting lines, we encourage shopping for the best odds on FanDuel.

Here’s a hypothetical UTEP point spread example:

  • UTEP Miners -8.5 (-110)
  • Old Dominion Monarchs +8.5 (-110)

The UTEP squad needs to win this game by at least nine points for bets on its side to win. Any other outcome, such as winning by eight points or losing outright, would mean the underdog wins.

As for the odds, -110 is about as close as you’ll find to even odds. They’re not truly even because the sportsbook always takes its fee (or “vig”). But that -110 is showing the amount you need to bet in order to win $100 in profit.

What is the UTEP football moneyline?

Moneyline bets are the easiest to explain in all sports betting. You have two teams facing each other on the gridiron, and you pick which one you believe will win.

Pick correctly, and your payout is based on how much you’ve wagered and the odds when you finalized your bet.

BetMGM is one of the best-known sportsbooks in the country, and its moneyline opportunities are numerous, especially in college football. You can bet on the most popular teams in the country and state of Texas. Both the BetMGM Sportsbook site and BetMGM betting app are valuable tools in a sports bettor’s arsenal.

Here’s a UTEP moneyline example:

  • UTEP Miners                           -145
  • New Mexico State Aggies    +185

The negative odds indicate that the UTEP squad is the favorite to win this rivalry game. Negative odds show you how much you need to wager in order to win $100. So a $145 bet on UTEP would potentially pay out $245, which is the original bet returned and a $100 profit.

Positive odds on New Mexico State tell us the amount of money we stand to win for every $100 we bet. So a $250 bet on the Aggies would pay out $712.50, which includes $462.50 in winnings.

UTEP football over/under (totals) bets 

Oddsmakers use various methods and algorithms to predict final scores. They then utilize that prediction for totals bets, also known as over/unders.

You are tasked with figuring out if the two teams are capable of combining to score over or under that total points prediction.

Caesars online sportsbook has earned a reputation for having a solid variety of betting opportunities, and totals bets are an appealing component. Competitive lines and an easy-to-use betting app have Caesars poised to become a sports betting favorite in Texas (once the practice is legalized.)

If you’re looking for an example of a totals bet, we have one below:

  • Over         50.5 (-110)
  • Under      50.5 (-110)

If the final score between the two teams ends up being 27-21, then the total only adds up to 48 points, which means bets on the under would pay out at $100 for every $110 wagered.

UTEP Miners prop bets

Prop bets typically focus on a precise element of in-game action or concern some metric of player/team performance. Markets range from serious to downright silly.

That said, prop bets are notoriously difficult to research. It is hard to guess how well a player is going to perform at times, and even more so to try to guess over/under prop bet opportunities.

DraftKings Sportsbook has one of the finest selections of prop bets for college football. The more popular the teams or anticipated the matchup, the more likely there will be even more prop bets than usual.

An example of a prop bet might look like this:

Will the UTEP Miners football team have over/under 3.0 turnovers in the game? 

  • Over (+155) or Under (+130)

You will also find a lot of prop bets if you participate in live betting, which will likely be found at most every legal online Texas sportsbook.

As always, don’t be afraid to shop around for the most appealing prop bet selections and odds.

UTEP Miners football coaching staff

Below, we list the current coaching staff for the Miners, as well as all of the head coaches who have come and gone over the decades in El Paso.

The current coaching staff consists of:

  • Head coach: Dana Dimel
  • Associate head coach: Matt Wallerstedt
  • Offensive coordinator: Dave Warner
  • Defensive coordinator: Bradley Dale Peveto
  • Special teams coordinator: Aaron Price
  • Director of strength and conditioning: Kevin Schadt

Here is a list of the head coaches who have led the Miners over the years:

  • Dana Dimel (2018-current)
  • Mike Price (2017)
  • Sean Kugler (2013-2017)
  • Mike Price (2004-2012)
  • Gary Nord (2000-2003)
  • Charlie Bailey (1993-1999)
  • David Lee (1989-1993)
  • Bob Stull (1986-1988)
  • Bill Yung (1982-1985)
  • Billy Alton (1981)
  • Bill Michael (1977-1981)
  • Gil Bartosh (1974-1976)
  • Tommy Hudspeth (1972-1973)
  • Bobby Dobbs (1965-1972)
  • Warren Harper (1963-1964)
  • Bum Phillips (1962)
  • Ben Collins (1957-1961)
  • Mike Brumbelow (1950-1956)
  • Jack Curtice (1946-1949)
  • Walter Milner (1942)
  • Mack Saxon (1929-1941)
  • J. Stewart (1927-1928)
  • George B. Powell (1924-1926)
  • Jack C. Vowell (1922-1923)
  • Thomas C. Holliday (1921)
  • Harry Van Surdam (1920)
  • Tommy Dwyer (1914-1917, 1919)

Where do the UTEP Miners play their home games?

The UTEP Miners football team has the luxury of playing in the Sun Bowl, which hosts the late-December bowl game of the same name. Below, we run down some details about the stadium.

Sun Bowl

  • Address: 2701 Sun Bowl Drive, El Paso, Texas
  • Owner: University of Texas at El Paso
  • Operator: University of Texas at El Paso
  • Capacity: 51,500
  • Opened: September 21, 1963
  • Renovated: 2006 and 2018
  • Expanded: 1982
  • Construction costs: $275,000
  • Other events: Sun Bowl (NCAA bowl game, 1963-current), El Paso ISD

How to watch and listen to UTEP Miners football games

To watch the Miners in action, you can catch some games at:            

  • Fox
  • CBS Sports
  • ESPN

For streaming services, you can find some games at:

  • ESPN+

If you’d rather listen to the games, tune your dial to:

  • KOFX 92.3 FM (El Paso)
  • ESPN 600 AM (El Paso)
  • ESPN Deportes 1650 AM (Spanish)

You can also stream the games over the internet via:

  • TuneIn App
  • 600ESPNElPaso.com

A brief history of the UTEP Miners football team

They aren’t the oldest football team in Texas, but the UTEP Miners have managed to put together over a century of college football. Below, we take a look at some of the most important years in the program’s history.

  • 2009: Running back Donald Buckram leads Conference USA in rushing with 1,594 yards and 18 touchdowns.
  • 2005: The Miners join Conference USA.
  • 2000: Brian Natkin, a tight end, becomes the first-ever consensus All-American for the Miners.
  • 2000: 65 years after winning its first conference title, UTEP wins a second, this time taking the top spot in the Western Athletic Conference with a 7-1 conference record (8-4 overall).
  • 1988: The Miners play in the Independence Bowl, their first bowl game that was not the Sun Bowl.
  • 1988: UTEP goes 10-3 on the season, the best record in the history of the program.
  • 1968: The Miners join the Western Athletic Conference.
  • 1967: The new name for the school becomes the University of Texas at El Paso.
  • 1962: The Miners go back to being independent of any conference affiliation.
  • 1956: The football program wins its first-ever conference title with a 9-2 overall record (5-0 in conference play) to take home the Border Conference trophy.
  • 1949: The Miners get the first bowl game win in school history, defeating Georgetown 33-20 in the Sun Bowl.
  • 1949: The college changes its name to Texas Western College.
  • 1936: The Miners play in their first-ever bowl game, losing to Hardin-Simmons 34-6 in the Sun Bowl.
  • 1935: After 21 years of being independent, the Miners join the Border Conference.
  • 1929: Mack Saxon becomes the team’s head coach and goes on to compile a 66-43-9 record to become the winningest coach in program history.
  • 1920: The college changes its name to the College of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Texas.
  • 1914: The Miners play the New Mexico State Aggies for the first time and lose 19-0.
  • 1914: The State College of Mines and Metallurgy fields its first football team.

UTEP Miners Football FAQ

For fans of college football, going to a Miners game is very cost-effective. According to SeatGeek, as of summer 2022, the UTEP Miners football tickets can be snagged for an average of $46. Some tickets are even available for as low as $2, depending on the opponent that week.

No, but they do have two conference crowns in their history.

Mack Saxon coached the Miners from 1929-1941 and is the winningest coach in the history of UTEP. He compiled a record of 66-43-9 for a .597 win percentage.

Of coaches who led the team for three seasons or more, Mike Brumbelow (1950-1956) has the highest win percentage at .651 after going 46-24-3 during his time at UTEP.

UTEP has played in 14 bowl games throughout its history, as of July 2022. Its record is 5-10.

Its first-ever bowl game was in 1936 when the Hardin-Simmons squad defeated the Miners 34-6 in the Sun Bowl.

There have been 98 players who have gone from being Miners to having their names called in the NFL Draft.

The first-ever player was Ken Heineman, a back who was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1940 as the 45th-overall selection.

There have been two first-round picks in the history of UTEP football, and they both came during the 1968 NFL Draft. Fred Carr, a linebacker, was drafted to play for the Green Bay Packers and was the fifth-overall selection that year. Guard George Daney was selected in the same draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, who had the 22nd pick that season.

There has been just a single consensus All-American selection in the history of UTEP Miners football.

In 2000, Brian Natkin, a tight end, became the only consensus All-American for the Miners.