This is a big year for NMSU football. Is the team a contender, a decent group who scraps for some wins that they shouldn’t or just another bottom feeder in the WAC? Are they Hawaii or Boise? Are they Utah State or La Tech?
Well, they aren’t going to be Hawaii and Boise. Those two programs are the truth and should torch WAC competition on a weekly basis. Truthfully, the Aggies can’t be Utah State or La Tech. There’s too much riding on the line this year for Mumme and company to associate with the dregs of the conference. A .500 record within the division could be a possibility though.
NMSU has the tools offensively to at least play entertaining football. Holbrook will chuck it on a regular basis and the receiving core is deep and talented. Defensively things could be dicey. Truthfully, the season could ride simply on the Aggies generating a pass rush up front. It’s been an area of concern in the past and should be a point of scrutiny this season once more. If they don’t apply pressure, the opposition will drop back and pick apart the secondary to death. That’s football. Penetration along the line can create havoc and big plays goin’ the other way. A lack of pressure translates into a toothless defense that gets torched on a regular basis.
My prediction? NMSU won’t finish above .500 this year. 6-6? Yeah, that seems right. Over under on six wins? I go with the under, but not by much. And I think six wins is a nice year for this program. Two years ago they were 0-12. And it will be an entertaining .500 team. Lots of points for, lots of points against and big plays all around for everyone