2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 127 New Mexico State Aggies
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the New Mexico State Aggies
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No. 127: New Mexico State Aggies
New Mexico State Aggies Prespring Status
The program might be in limbo as a part of the upcoming booting from the Sun Belt in 2018, but it has another year to have a little fun in conference play and see if it can screw up the establishment a bit. This was an okay Aggie team last year with yet another miserable record, going 3-9 despite an okay offense and losses in a few tight games that could’ve changed the program’s entire outlook had they gone the other way – 5-7 would’ve set a different tone going into this year. But as it, it’s a veteran team with plenty of interesting playmakers to be, at the very least, a competitive loss each and every week.
New Mexico State Aggies Biggest Issue
As always, the defense is the big problem. There’s a ton of experience returning with nine starters back on D, but can anyone play? The star of the show – Rodney Butler and his 165 tackles – is gone, but even with him the run defense was abysmal, the secondary gave up way too many big plays, and overall, NMSU allowed 31 points or more ten times. The defense isn’t going to become a brick wall all of a sudden, so the Aggies have to hope to win shootouts because …
New Mexico State Aggies Biggest Positive
The offense should be even stronger. 2015 star RB Larry Rose III was never right last year, but he’s back along with six of the top seven receivers. QB Tyler Rogers might have to be replaced, but with three starters returning up front, plenty of depth, and enough explosiveness to expect more from the running game, the new starter should be eased into the role.
Really, Why Are The New Mexico State Aggies Ranked Here?
Now that Eastern Michigan got to a bowl game, New Mexico State becomes the toughest program in the country to turn around. Head coach Doug Martin is fighting the good fight, and he has a strong staff around him, but the defense just can’t seem to make any sort of headway year after year. There might be veterans in place, but experience doesn’t necessarily translate into more production. Tyler Rodgers wasn’t Aaron Rodgers, but he was a solid, competent quarterback.