Friday, October 26, 2012

Five keys for Aggies vs. Louisiana Tech

Score, score, score some more: The Aggie offense looked better last week in the form of gameplan and scheme. But they couldn’t cash in, leaving two to three touchdowns on the field due to turnovers, penalties and missed passes — in a nutshell, a lack of execution against a good Utah State defense. Louisiana Tech gives up 38 points per game, struggling to stop opposing offenses throughout the year. The Aggies will have chances to put points on the board again Friday, and will have to against a high-octane Bulldogs team.

A balanced attack: In the case of Friday, a good offense will be a good defense. Control the ball and the clock and move the first-down chains, which would obviously be aided in the form of a good rushing attack. The Aggies haven’t had a balanced attack this season and haven’t been able to capitalize on the short-to-intermediate passing game. Both areas will have to be in effect Friday, if for nothing else to keep Louisiana Tech’s offense (which averages 56 points per game) off the field.

Slow them down: Can the Bulldogs offense be stopped? It hasn’t thus far. They looks like a team that could easily put up 60, 70 points tonight ((they scored 70 last week against Idaho, and haven’t been held under 40 points in a game all season). In the case of the Aggie defense: Get off the field on third downs and do whatever possible to hold Louisiana Tech to field goals instead of touchdowns. This is a Bulldogs team capable of getting into the end zone every time it touches the ball. Simply slowing them down would be a good starting point for Friday’s game.

Don’t lie down: At 1-6 on the season and getting battered virtually every week, the Aggies haven’t given up and continue to play hard on Saturdays. It’s late October, meaning over a month remains in the college football season. The goal at this point should be simple: Instead of worrying about wins and losses, continue to play hard on Saturdays and make improvements in all phases of the game.

A nationally-ranked program: This is an opportunity for people in Las Cruces to see the No. 24-ranked team in the country, highlighted by Louisiana Tech’s No. 1-ranked scoring offense. The Bulldogs are 30-point favorites coming into the game and just re-entered the national polls. A win for the home team will be a tall order — if possible at all — but it will be a chance to play, and for fans to see, a top team in the country.

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Anonymous said...

Who's the brain child that scheduled La Tech, aka, the highest scoring team in the country as our Homecoming opponent?

Oh yes, McDaddy Boston. The worst AD in the country!!

Janet said...

A big shout out too the Aggie defense for Saturday's showing against La Tech. To hold this high-scoring team to only 7 points by half time was terrific, and they never lost their energy. Too bad the offense shot itself in the foot again.