So I thought about the Aggie game a lot the last two days. And here's what I came up with.
The loss last weekend to Idaho, in my eyes, it was bad. And yes, I was disappointed. I never thought this team would be great this year, but I also thought they could win three or four games in DeWayne Walker's first season. Frankly, that would be a great year for the Aggies in 2009, win three or four and be competitive in a few others. One must be realistic when evaluating these sorts of delicate matters, but I thought a win against Idaho would be in the offering. Frankly, with the four-win prediction I put on the table at the outset of the season, it was a mandatory performance.
The team lost and I didn't think they played well. I know, I know, some people are pointing out that the defense played better in the second half. Some are saying that Fleming created around and outside the pocket and look at the two long second-half drives and see offensive potential. My response is, yeah, there are going to be silver linings in anything. At the end of the day, the team lost 21-6 to Idaho, on its homefield. We can try to sugarcoat it all we want, but a 21-6 loss to the Vandals is a 21-6 loss to the Vandals. The Aggies have a long way to go.
We move on. NMSU needs to beat Prairie View on Saturday and Prairie View isn't a bad team. They come in with a good defensive track record, a strong 2008 campaign under their belts and a chip on their shoulder. All I'm saying is that they're going to be a tough opponent.
There is no need to look too far ahead if you're an Aggie fan right now. One week at a time is enough, anything more than that can be exhausting. The team simply needs to win this weekend. When it's all said and done, that's my take on everything at this juncture. Focus on Prairie View and beat Prairie View. I do know that it's not a gimme.