• The team can get healthy — Taveon Rogers (hip/tailbone), Robert Clay (shoulder), Alexander LaVoy (broken foot) and B.J. Adolpho (ankle) all could use the week off.
Head coach DeWayne Walker originally said LaVoy could be out three-to-four weeks but that could be optimistic. As for Adolpho, Walker said the team hopes to get him back for Idaho.
• The bye comes at the right time of the schedule — just before the midway point before a big home game against Idaho. The first five games for the Aggies were tough from a mental and emotional standpoint — season opener, a road BCS game, the conference opener and two rivalry games. The off week can give them a chance to recharge and catch their breath.
On paper, the second half of the schedule looks harder and the Idaho game is big — the Aggies can get momentum with a win that would bring them back to 3-3 on the year. Now, they have two weeks to prepare the Vandals on a high note after thrashing UNM last weekend
• In recent history the Aggie bye week hasn’t come at a good time.
Last year the team didn’t even have a bye — their off week came Week 1 and they played 12-straight games.
In 2008 it was the same thing — remember the Aggies’ Week 1 game against Nicholls State was cancelled because of Hurricane Gustav hitting the Gulf Coast and NMSU had to reschedule a game against Alcorn State for later in the year, during what was supposed to be their bye.
And the 2007 campaign saw NMSU’s bye come the second-to-last week of the season — it didn’t do a whole lot.
This year’s off week comes at a much better time — when the Aggies could actually use it.
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