We have written a bit about scheduling and there has been some back and forth on the blog surrounding the topic.
Well, personally, I like the San Diego State matchup for Aggie football. First off, both these teams could be considered comparable. Both have had their struggles within their conferences, comparable conferences as well. Both have potential too, however, and games like this could be good barometers over where the programs stand. Like I said, I was in favor of NMSU playing Wyoming this season, until the Cowboys backed out. The SDSU scenario is somewhat similar and I like the Aggies going against the Mountain West, a fellow "mid-major" conference.
2009's out-of-conference schedule features the two rivals — @ UNM and vs. UTEP — to go along with away games at Ohio State and San Diego State. I like this. NMSU's goal is to stick with the rivals, have a big money game against elite competition and then have a contest vs a comparable mid-major. It seems like they accomplished this for 2009. Assuming the schedule sticks.