When I look at the Aggies 2011 football schedule two games come screaming off the page.
Hosting Ohio and UTEP are the most critical contests of the year, in my eyes. And neither game will come easy.
The Aggies home opener against Ohio is as close to a must-win as you could have in Week 1 of the season. The Bobcats are a solid MAC program and went to a bowl game last year. They’ll play a tough, gritty style under head coach Frank Solich.
But nothing would be better for the Aggies than a Week 1 win at home. It would create a positive buzz that the team desperately needs and would get the 2011 season off on the right foot — which is also of critical importance.
And NMSU needs to beat UTEP in Week 3, pure and simple. The Miners have beaten NMSU soundly the past two seasons and it’s time the Aggies respond. Getting blown out isn’t the answer.
Both games are tough, but they’re also winnable. I really think the Aggies can win four or five games this year, but they have to win these two above.
Both will give Aggie fans an idea of where the team stands right out of the chutes in 2011.