Taking an early lead.
If the Aggies can get an early advantage against UTEP it will force the Miners to be one dimensional — with a freshman quarterback throwing the ball to the Aggies strength, the defensive secondary.
The Aggies got up early last week against Minnesota – NMSU established a 21-7 lead on the Gophers — and led from start to finish.
UTEP has struggled to run the ball all year although one would expect them to still try and get a running game going this Saturday. The Aggies are susceptible in this area and, again, the Miners are starting freshman Jay Hall under center.
I believe it would be in UTEP’s best interest to keep the score down and grind it out — perhaps relying on kicker Dakota Warren to help get the win.
If the Aggies can get up early it will make UTEP one dimensional.