Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes. The State of New Mexico is not a hotbed for Football talent. The New Mexico State Aggies play in the Sun Belt Conference, and the closest opponents are Texas State and the University of Idaho. Fans in Las Cruces have not experienced a bowl bid or a competitive team for that matter. Head Coach Doug Martin is 4-20 his first two seasons at the second largest institute in the “LAND OF ENCHANTMENT”. New Mexico State looks to improve on their 2-10 record from a year ago. The Aggies return 14 starters on both sides of the Football. Six returns of offense and eight on defense. The offense has a few high-caliber players, and the defense has experience but is small. New Mexico State ranks 127th overall in the FBS. The team finished 11th in the Sun Belt last season. The Aggies won their first two games in 2014 and reeled off eleven straight losses.
The 2015 New Mexico State Aggies begin the season with a trip to the “SWAMP” in Gainesville, Florida. The Aggies also have a date with another SEC opponents, when they travel to Oxford, Mississippi. The October 10th date with the “OLE MISS” Rebels may get ugly. New Mexico State has two exciting players on offense. Sophomore Running Back Larry Rose 111 rushed for 1,102 yards last season. Junior Wide Reciever Teldrick Morgan posted 903 yards catching the Football. Junior quarterback Tyler Rodgers will be under center again this season. Rodgers passed for 2,779 yards in 2014. The coaching staff may change up the offense to take advantage of his athletic ability. Former quarterback Andrew Allen, who scored a 75-yard touchdown run at LSU, has been switched to Wide Reciever. The offensive line returns six players with experience. New Mexico State has to replace an All-Sun Belt performer. The New Mexico State Aggies were 4-8 last season on NCAA Football Against The Point Spread going over the betting odds total eight times and staying under the betting odds total four.
*New Mexico State was 3-3 ATS at home.
*The weren’t as good on the road, 1-5 to the Point Spread.
*The Aggies were 3-3 at home on betting odds totals.
*New Mexico State went over the betting odds total five times on the road.
*The team stayed under the betting odds total once away from Aggie Memorial Stadium.
The New Mexico State defense is led by Linebackers Rodney Butler and Derek Ibekwe. Both registered 100 tackles last season. The defensive backfield looks solid with five players returning. Senior Cornerback Winston Rose lead the team with three interceptions. Of the eight players returning on defense, only one is on the defensive line. The back seven must play aggressively to compensate for the lack of experience up front. The defense gave up a little over thirty-nine points per game last season. LSU and Arkansas State posted 60-points on the defense. The opposition piled up 309.9 rushing yards per contest. The unit gave up nearly five hundred yards per game to opponents The New Mexico State defense could be punching bags for the opposition again in 2015. Linebackers Coach Zane Vance is the new Defensive Coordinator. His new job must emphasize players being in a position to stop the run. Punter Alex Louthan replaces an Australian style kicker. The Aggies top recruit is Junior College transfer Tyrian Taylor from Ellsworth College in Iowa. It could be another long season at New Mexico State. A September 12th matchup with Georgia State could determine the last place team in the Sun Belt Conference.