First off, this is a big game for both teams.
The Aggies need this one — a winnable conference game at home. If they want to hit the five-win plateau this season, this is a must-win game. At 2-3, they have a shot at getting back to the .500 mark overall and in conference play.
Idaho needs the win badly too. At 1-5 overall, 0-2 in the WAC they’re going to come in ready to play.
Idaho quarterback Brian Reader is a player to watch. He hasn’t progressed this year and hasn’t been accurate. His play will be a key element in determining a winner Saturday night.
Idaho hasn’t been able to score points. Last week the team scored 11 total and none offensively — a punt-return touchdown, a field goal and a safety.
NMSU has to stop the run, get off to a quick lead and put the game in Reader’s hands.
Idaho has a good special teams unit. Running back Princeton McCarty has hurt the Aggies through the years.
Defensively, the Vandals have shown they’re a better than in past years and will bring the blitz.
The Aggies are coming off their big win at UNM followed by a bye week. I think the team will be OK here.
My prediction: New Mexico State 23, Idaho 17
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Who: Idaho (1-5, 0-2) at NMSU (2-3, 0-1)
What: College football, Week 7
Where: Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces
When: Saturday, 6:07 p.m.
Weather: Sunny, temperatures in the low 80s at kickoff
Spread: Aggies -1
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