With multiple UTEP football players suffering from numerous ailments, the bye week will give the Miners 15 days between games and head coach Mike Price is making the most of it.
"I've never had a layoff this long so I'm trying to give them some time to rest. It's really going to help us. We are going to come back physically fit, and as healthy as we've ever been going into the season. I think things are looking up for us," said Price.
UTEP will need things to go in their direction as the team prepares to head for the Super Dome in New Orleans to face Tulane on Saturday, a place they have never won.