Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the New Mexico State Aggies season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: New Mexico State Aggies
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– New Mexico State Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
Will life as an independent really be any different?
Yeah, it stinks not to be a part of the Sun Belt fun now that the league has gone to a two division format with a championship game – especially now that the program isn’t all that bad – but if the goal is to go for winning seasons and get to a bowl game, this should be okay.
After years and years and years of awful football, the program finally got to give its fans a little bit of fun. With a high-powered offense, a thrilling defense that attacked the backfield as well as anyone in the country, and with the first bowl appearance – and win – since 1960, the Aggies got booted out of the Sun Belt with a bang.
Before that, it was 14 years since NMSU came up with a winning season, but it won’t be that long before the program goes bowling or has a winner again.
Okay, so that’s the problem with independence – there might not be bowl room for a winning Aggie team like there would’ve been in the Sun Belt. But as long as head coach Doug Martin can come up with another good, fun year – and maybe beat New Mexico again – all will be fine.
The top skill guys are gone – losing the leading passer, rusher and receiver – but there isn’t that much of an issue with JUCO transfer Matt Romero and Nick Jeanty good enough to keep the good passing game going. As long as the banged up line is okay, the rest of the O will be fine.
But it’s the defense that will be the most fun, getting back nine starters after living behind the line and pressing the quarterback throughout the season. After years of not doing anything on D, it’s a whole new world now.
Considering the relatively light schedule – with Minnesota and BYU the toughest battles and with two games against Liberty – and with the experience returning, NMSU might not be going away.
Even if the Sun Belt wanted it to.