TROY AT NEW MEXICO STATE
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Las Vegas Line: N/A
New Mexico State is one of just four teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision entering Week 8 without a win. The Aggies have two realistic opportunities remaining to get into the winner’s column.
One is their Halloween night matchup against Idaho. The other is this week’s contest against Troy.
Troy lost at home last week to Idaho, 19-16, for its fourth consecutive defeat and fourth straight game failing to score into the 20s.
The Trojans rank No. 94 in passing offense, No. 116 in rushing offense and No. 114 in points scored. Finally, some relief for a New Mexico State defense giving up a staggering 48.5 points per game — or the other way around. This could be the week Neal Brown’s uptempo offensive philosophy finally takes off for the Trojans.
The answer may in fact be a little from Column A, a little from Column B. Troy should finally get out of the teens scoring against New Mexico State’s porous defense, but the Aggies won’t give up the kind of deluges that have cost it in close losses to UTEP, New Mexico and Georgia State.
After three, single-digit defeats, look for New Mexico State to finally get over the hump, leaving North Texas, UCF and Kansas as the FBS’ remaining, winless teams.
In honor of this occasion, I offer you a line from New Mexico State’s incredible fight song:
And when we win this game,
We’ll buy a keg of booze,
And we’ll drink it to the Aggies
’till we wobble in our shoes!