Alright folks. Prediction time. Lets do it.
I think the Aggies lose to the Miners 42-35 in a shootout. I actually think NMSU will outplay UTEP — they'll hold onto the ball longer and outgain the Miners in total yardage. In the end though, I think the El Paso team finds a way to win.
Expect a big game, numbers wise, for Holbrook. I'm thinking at least 50 attempts and at least 35 completions. Over 350 yards and three touchdowns. I also expect a couple picks, particularly if UTEP brings the heat. I think that will be the key to the game, the Miners' ability to get after the quarterback and knock him around.
Chris Williams will have a big game too. Double digit catches, well over 100 yards and two TDs. Chris is a money player and comes out when it's time to shine. He'll put on a show under the lights of the Sun Bowl.
NMSU's runners will do well but will be under-utilized. Marquell Colston goes for 80 yards and a TD and Tonny Glynn goes for 60. Brandon Perez scores from short range in this one. Marquell will catch some balls in the passing game as well.
Another key to the game is going to be UTEP QB Trevor Vittatoe. I think he'll pass for over 275 yards and two TDs. He could also create something with his legs.
He'll find receiver Jeff Moturi for over 100 yards and at least one score. Tight end Jamar Hunt will also be in the mix and could be active in the redzone. Running back Terrell Jackson will be involved running and catching the football. NMSU will need to put the clamps down on him, but it could be tough if he gets the ball in space.
Turnover battle will be key. Whoever wins that should win the game. Lots of points and no shortage of excitement in this one. I think the Aggies fall, but bounce back next week to beat UNM at home. Signing off....