NMSU was voted to finish in seventh place by both the media and the coaches at the WAC football conference this week.
I can't say I'm surprised by this. And really, it has nothing to do with the Aggies. I actually think that NMSU has a chance to be a good team heading into 2008. But the WAC is just tough. Boise is Boise and Fresno is Fresno. Nevada will be good. Look out for Louisiana Tech too. I had them finishing above Hawaii in my poll. And I think they could be right there with Nevada when it's all said and done, knockin' right at that door.
Hawaii and San Jose? I really think if things break NMSU's way, they could finish above one of these teams or both. To say Hawaii lost some key pieces in the offseason would be a drastic understatement. San Jose is an underrated football team. They weren't bad last year and they had no ground game. They have good coaching. They will need someone to emerge at QB and get better play out of there running backs but look out for Yonus Davis. The kid was the real deal two years ago before getting hurt in 2007.
Where does that leave NMSU? In seventh. Tough to argue. Could they finish in the top 5? Sure. But things will have to fall right. Top 4? I don't think so. Not unless some big dogs fall. Not likely.