Preview 2017: Can New Mexico State Go Out With A Bang?

Preview 2017: Can New Mexico State Go Out With A Bang?

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Preview 2017: Can New Mexico State Go Out With A Bang?

Preview 2017: Can New Mexico State Go Out With A Bang?


Getting kicked out of the Sun Belt, can New Mexico State have one great final year before becoming an independent?


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2017 NMSU Preview: What You Need To Know
2017 New Mexico State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
– New Mexico State Previews: 2016 | 2015

Sun Belt Conference, you want have New Mexico State to kick around anymore.

The Aggies only averaged around 9,500 fans per game, they haven’t won more than four games since 2004, and haven’t come up with a winning season since 2002.

But they’ve been occasionally entertaining, with a decent offense at times, some explosion from the passing game, and always with an air of desperation thanks to a defense that’s allowed roughly a bazillion points over the last decade.

So is it possible to make the Sun Belt regret what it’s about to miss out on? Can the Aggies come up with a special season and screw up the various Sun Belters who’ll get to stick around for the fun. Or, maybe in a 2016 Leicester City sort of way, shock the world and win the conference?

Wouldn’t this be the perfect time for one of college football’s longest-suffering programs to finally come up with something amazing before becoming an independent?

The Aggies aren’t going to be close to good enough to winning the conference title, but they’ll be among the nation’s leaders in one positive category – experience.

Eight starters are back to an offense that should be able to throw well, and get one final massive season out of the fantastic Larry Rose III – one of the nation’s top all-around running backs. There’s depth, explosion, and options to play around with if injuries strike.

The defense that’s been so bad for so long – it hasn’t allowed fewer than 400 points in a season since 2004 – is absolutely loaded with experience, returning 21 of the 22 players on the final two-deep depth chart.

Okay, so being experienced isn’t going to automatically fix a D that was the eighth-worst in the nation in yards and points allowed.

The offense might just be the most complete yet under head coach Doug Martin, and it should be able to keep up the pace in shootouts as long as Rose is healthy and QB Tyler Rogers can cut down on his interceptions.

So, the third phase was okay? PK Parker Davidson had a great year on field goals, but the rest of the special teams were among the worst in the country.

You know what’s coming, New Mexico State. So have fun with this. Treat every game like it’s your bowl, and play every outing with an attitude.

If no one wants you, fine. Play and win – then the Sun Belt teams won’t want you because you’re leaving just as you’re getting good.

2017 NMSU Preview: What You Need To Know
2017 New Mexico State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
– New Mexico State Previews: 2016 | 2015

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