East Carolina Head Coach Ruffin McNeill has heard all the talk about UTEP's difficult out of conference schedule and can empathize with the Miners.
"They've played as tough a schedule as we have," said McNeill.
UTEP opened their season with then #4 Oklahoma before traveling to face Ole Miss and Wisconsin while the Pirates played then #9 South Carolina and North Carolina on the road.
But the ECU coach still respects what the Miners bring to Greenville, NC on Saturday.
"They are a team that has been around. Mike's been around there for a while. Mike's a good ball coach. He has some good coaches on his staff," said McNeill.
Kickoff is set for 5pm MT and the Pirates are a four-point favorite.