The Aggies of New Mexico State University play men’s football as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. In recent years, this team has not played well. Consider what happened to the Aggies last year, in 2014.
Head Coach Doug Martin, then in his second year as team leader, led the Aggies to a very poor Won-Loss record of 2-10. The squad performed even more poorly when playing against Conference foes. In those games, the Aggies were able to win only one game out of the eight they played.
Interestingly, New Mexico State University won its first two games last season, one against a Conference foe, the other against a non-Conference foe. After that, the Aggies lost their remaining ten games. Yes, this squad never won another contest.
Expectations for the new 2015 Season were modest, at best. In truth, the team has not fared well in its first three games. Here is what has happened.
The Aggies traveled to the University of Florida on September 5th. The season-opening contest for both football squads ended in the favor of the Gators by a score of 61-13. That blowout was followed by the team’s second game, this time at home, on September 12th. The Aggies lost their home opener to Georgia State University by a final score of 34-32.
Week three’s game, also played at home resulted in a heart-wrenching loss for the home team. The University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) provided the opposition and eventually won the game in overtime by a score of 50-47.
After three games and no wins, New Mexico State University has shown that it can score points, but it can’t stop the team it plays from scoring more points. Coach Martin still has nine games remaining to improve his team’s on-field performance.
It all gets started next week, October 3rd, when the Aggies visit the University of New Mexico. Other road games will have this team playing third-ranked Ole Miss on October 10th, Georgia Southern University on October 17th, Texas State University on November 7th, Louisiana-Lafayette University on November 21st and the University of Louisiana-Monroe on December 5th.
There are, of course, several home games that still need to be played. The first of them is scheduled for October 24th and pits the home team against Troy University. The Eagles will also play the University of Idaho on October 31st and Arkansas State University on November 28th.
The New Mexico State University Aggies are clearly a team in need of a winning attitude. Coach Martin is working to instill that winning attitude in his players. It hasn’t shown itself on the scoreboard yet, but this team is becoming more competitive each and every week it plays.
It seems obvious that there are some wins in this squad’s future. The positive results may even happen this year.
Courtesy of Collegefootball.ap.org