I have to say, I think the New Mexico State Aggies have the potential to be good. A team nobody wants to face. Would you want your team facing a foe that can drop points in a hurry? I'm talking 50. This team can drop 50. But here's the thing.
The WAC is tough. It goes seven deep, and I count NMSU in that seven. Utah State and Idaho. Uhhh, no. They don't seem to be there. But the other schools are my friends.
I still like Boise. Look out for junior receiver Jeremy Childs, who put a blow torch to the Aggies last year. And we all know about Ian Johnson.
Fresno will be good. They always are a hard nosed team. And look out for Nevada. Who's going to that game on Oct. 11? NMSU in Reno, should be a shootout. Both team can put up points, particularly if Colin Kaepernick is the starting QB for the Wolf Pack. The game last year in Las Cruces was up and down with no end in sight....Until a missed Aggie FG at the gun.
Hawaii is the wild card for me. I don't know what to expect from them but my initial gut feeling tells me they have a down year. I think the Aggies could be up on them this year, especially with the game being in LC. Anyone who reads this blog knows how I feel about Louisiana Tech. I think they are a sleeper team who is going to be a pain for the big dogs. I think La. Tech cracks the top 4 in this conference and I think when they come to Las Cruces in November it will be a big game for both teams. Mark it down.
San Jose will surprise as usual. Kevin Jurovich had a monster year last season. 85 grabs for 1183 and 9 TD's. Those are huge numbers! And they had no ground game. Yonus Davis returns for the Spartans after an injury sidelined him in 2009. But they need a QB.
And that's where the Aggies have an edge over a lot of these teams. They have a certifiable quarterback in Chase. There are question marks with a lot of QB's in the WAC. NMSU has one. So does Fresno and Nevada. But you need a quarterback to win in football. So that will be a key position to keep an eye on this year for all WAC teams. Only if Chase gets hurt will you have to concern yourself with the hometown team.
I will say that the conference is competitive. It will be hard for the Aggies to move up a ton in the standings. They will have to exceed expectations. In other words, win more than 5 games, four being in the division. Good luck in the WAC. It's tough.