Friday, October 21, 2011

Predicting Saturday’s Aggies vs. Hawaii game

The beginning of this football game will be KEY.

Hawaii will look to get out quickly on NMSU and if the Warriors are successful it could get a little out of control. If the Aggies can stay competitive for the first two quarters this will be a good football game. At that point, who knows where it will go?

Which brings us to the main question surrounding the contest: can the Aggies hang around? If they can, they have a shot. I do not see them blowing Hawaii out, so their hope is to pull out a close one. If they’re in the game they can win it late — it would be anyone’s ballgame at that point.

An early big moment — forced turnover, TD, whatever it may be — would be very beneficial for Aggies as it would stem Hawaii’s momentum.

I believe the Aggies are more equipped now than they have been in the past to beat Hawaii. Does that mean they will? No, it doesn’t mean that. But they’re capable of doing so, where in the past I don’t think they were.

One thing that’s obvious: if they want to win here, they have to play a good game. Seriously. They’re not going to have a chance if they’re not on top of things.

The travel for this game is killer. And the fact the Aggies will be playing a game that’s a 10 p.m. kickoff in Las Cruces. Hawaii typically gets charged up and plays faster on its homefield.

My prediction: Hawaii 37, New Mexico State 27

Game info
Who: New Mexico State (3-3, 1-1) at Hawaii (3-3, 1-1)
What: WAC football game
Where: Honolulu, Hawaii
When: Saturday, 10 p.m.
Spread: NMSU +22
Radio: KGRT-FM 104; Vista 98.7
Internet: ESPN3

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Anonymous said...

NMSU is actually 3-4 they lost to Bye Week.

SM said...

You almost nailed it in terms of scoring margin. Tough game for the Aggies on the road. Not going to argue moral victory, but it is encouraging to see the Aggies show ability to make dynamic plays and hang in there.

Anonymous said...

I saw nothing different still the same old Aggie football but I guess some will make an attempt to put lipstick on the proverbial pig.