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The Daily Aggie :: 10/26/07 :: PM Update

We're doing the stretch run towards the weekend, here are a few links to get you to the weekend. GO AGGIES!

CollegeFootballNews.com gives their "Fearless Prediction" for this week's game between NMSU and Hawai'i. The prediction? Not good news for Aggie fans. Hawai'i 52, NMSU 27.

FanNation.com says don't be surprised if the Warriors are the nation's only undefeated team after this weekend (although, that prediction won't come true as Boston College's Matt Ryan channeled Doug Flutie last night against Va. Tech). Their prediction for the Aggie/Hawai'i game? Hawai'i 59, NMSU 20.

Pete McEntegart of the famed 10 Spot blog delivers his weekly NMSU preview.

The Daily Aggie :: 10/26/07 :: NMSU/Hawai'i Match Update

We have just confirmed that the NMSU/Hawai'i match will start at 11:00 p.m. MDT (7:00 Hawai'i time), not 10:00. Apparently Honolulu is four hours behind us, not three. Adjust your plans accordingly.

That also means that tomorrow night's football game will start at 10:00 MDT (6:00 Hawai'i time).

A couple more links for everyone...

Ashley Nonaka of the KaLeo (Hawai'i Student Paper) previews tonight's volleyball match.

David Nishimoto of the KaLeo previews tomorrow night's game between NMSU and Hawai'i.

The Daily Aggie :: 10/26/07

As our volleyball expert Mel said in her blog last night, it's almost time. This is the Aggies' chance to dethrone Hawai'i. Mel alluded to the question, what does Nebraska's loss to Texas mean? It means that anything can happen. Prior to their loss to Texas, Nebraska had a) not lost a match since November 11th, 2006 and b) they had only dropped ONE game the entire season (for those non-initiated fans, a team must win three games to win a match), meaning they had swept every single opponent save one. In fact, the only other game Nebraska dropped all season is when they played themselves in their Red-White scrimmage. But we digress... For the Aggies, a win tonight would put them into a first place tie with Hawai'i. It might also mean a shift in the balance of power in the WAC.

As Mel mentioned the match tonight can be watched online at http://www2.hawaiiantelmedia.com/ for $9.95.

Tonight is the Crimson/White scrimmage for the men's and women's basketball teams. As has been documented several times, Herb Pope will not be playing tonight because he's still awaiting final approval for his eligibility. Teddy Feinberg has a fairly in-depth piece on his blog about the Clearinghouse going away. We knew we had read about that somewhere so we did some digging and sure enough, Charles Rich at AOL Fanhouse posted on his blog back on October 17th about this. Rich writes "The NCAA Clearinghouse is not going away (for now), but it seems it won't have quite the same immediate impact on determining initial eligibility." They're both informative reads, we encourage you to check them both out.

Don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/25/07

Both the Aggie volleyball and Aggie football teams headed out this morning on their way to Hawai'i. As volleyball coach Mike Jordan put it, "There's a whole lotta Aggies headed your way..."

Tomorrow the 13th ranked Aggie volleyball team takes on 11th ranked Hawai'i. This will be the first time since 1998 that two teams from the WAC faced each other when both teams were ranked in the Top 15. The last time it happened was a match between #6 BYU and #6 Hawai'i.

Tomorrow is also the Crimson/White Aggie basketball scrimmage. Both the men's and women's teams will be scrimmaging. You can find out all the details here. Unfortunately for Aggie fans, freshman http://www.bleedcrimson.net/node/414">Herb Pope has not yet been cleared by the NCAA clearinghouse and will not participate in the Crimson/White scrimmage. Fellow Aggies Wendell McKines and Jahmar Young are also still awaiting clearance from the NCAA clearinghouse.

If you didn't get a chance yesterday, be sure to check out Jordan Bostic's latest entry in her Aggie Volleyball Diary and this week's installment of our weekly interview with Aggie football coach Hal Mumme.

Don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan vote.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/24/07 :: Crimson/White Update

Three Daily Aggie updates in one morning, it's a new record. As we mentioned in the first Daily Aggie post this morning, the Crimson/White scrimmage is this Friday night. Upon further investigation, the scrimmage will take place at 7:00 p.m. and both the men's and women's team will be scrimmaging.

UPDATE #4
The Sports Network gives a preview of Saturday's game between NMSU and #14 Hawai'i. This preview is minus their usual prediction. But KansasCity.com comes to the rescue with the prediction from The Sports Network's Gregg Xenakes...

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/24/07 :: AM Update

Apparently the folks over at the Honolulu Star Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser don't get up as early as we do. Here's a few more links...

Kalani Takase of the Honolulu Advertiser writes that the Aggies hope to bring ten players back home to Hawai'i when they play this weekend.

Dave Reardon of the Honolulu Star Bulletin writes that the Hawai'i defense can expect a few surprises from the Aggie passing game. He also reports that even though David Veikune doesn't start games, he knows how to finish them. Veikune has five quarterback sacks this season.

Cindy Luis of the Honolulu Star Bulletin writes that Hawai'i volleyball coach Dave Shoji hopes to get his team to rebound after getting beaten by top-ranked Nebraska on Sunday.

Josh Herwitt of CSTV.com and his blog Hang Time writes that the Aggies' second opponent of the season, Duke, will rely on it's depth this season. He says "expect the Blue Devils to run the floor more often and pressure opposing teams in the backcourt throughout the season." Duke was picked to finish 2nd by the media in the preseason ACC polls.

J.P. Hoornstra of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin writes that Hawai'i wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen who endured an 0-10 senior season and a 1-9 junior season at Rialto High School is now playing for an undefeated season and a BCS bowl berth.

Notes From A Basketball Junkie writes previews the Mid American Conference teams' out of conference schedules and ranks NMSU's first opponent Ohio at #5 in the league. He writes: "After what has to be considered kind of a disappointing season — the Bobcats went 9-7 in MAC play after going 10-6 in OOC action — Tim O’Shea has amped up the Bobcats non-league slate, as evidenced by the six road games Ohio will play against Holy Cross, Temple, Maryland, Kansas, St. John’s, and Bucknell. Starting the season with a visit by WAC faves New Mexico State ain’t exactly a walk through quaint Athens, Ohio either."

The Daily Aggie :: 10/24/07

If you haven't done so you, be sure to check out Jordan Bostic's latest entry in her Aggie Volleyball Diary and this week's edition of our weekly interview with Coach Mumme. You'll find out that the Aggie volleyball team will be sharing a charter with the football team to Hawai'i and the coaching staffs from NMSU and Hawai'i are close, so check it out!

Greg Powers of Scout.com reports that the Aggies received a verbal commitment from wide receiver DeAundre Brown out of Seguin High in Arlington, TX. (Thanks Jason)

According to Scouts Inc, Brown is a 5'11" receiver, according to the Scout article, Brown is a 6'1" receiver. That's a big difference. Scouts Inc. reports that he was interested in New Mexico State, Louisville, Tulsa, Texas A&M and Tennessee Tech. Scouts Inc. gives Brown a grade of 77 which ranks near the top of the "Good Prospect" range.

Here is their evaluation of Brown: Brown is one of those guys that has a stocky build, but is strong, speedy and explosive and is the perfect fit as a slot receiver because he is tough and he can get down the field in a hurry. Shows very good initial burst off the ball and reaches top speed quickly. He uses his foot quickness to beat press coverage and he can create separation out of his cuts by his quickness and acceleration. He can be explosive after the catch and he shows that he has the elusiveness and the start and stop capabilities to make people miss. He is very effective in short-to-intermediate routes and his hands are very consistent. Can be a threat to take it to the house on slip screens and has the acceleration to get vertical and win downfield. Brown has a lot of natural tools, but he is inconsistent as a route runner. Relies too much on his natural explosiveness and can get sloppy with his feet in terms of route discipline. Size is adequate. Overall, Brown is a playmaker that has a nice feel for the game. With improved route running skills, he could be a tough guy to match-up with down the road.

Don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/23/07

Congratulations again to Devon House for being named WAC Defensive Player of the Week and to our Aggie volleyball team for their #13 ranking, which happens to be their highest in school history.

Be sure to check out the pictures from this weekend's volleyball match and football game.

You can now show off your Aggie pride on your computer! Download the 2007/2008 Aggie Men's Basketball and Aggie Women's Basketball desktop wallpapers.

Don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting. Our goal is to get to 2500 votes by Monday when the poll closes.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/22/07 :: AM Update

Davon House has been named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Idaho on Saturday.

House, a freshman from Palmdale, Calif. (Palmdale HS), made his first career start, made three tackles and intercepted two passes in New Mexico State’s 45-31 win over Idaho. In the second quarter, with Idaho trailing 17-14 and a third down at the Aggie six-yard-line, House intercepted a pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. He had a total of 164 yards in interception returns after a 64-yard return on his second interception at the end of the half.

The Daily Aggie :: 10/22/07

The Aggies are headed for Hawai'i this week. Both the football team and the 18th (and probably higher after the polls are released today) volleyball team face off against Hawai'i this weekend as part of Homecoming for Hawai'i. The volleyball team plays Hawai'i on Friday night. For the girls it's a chance to get some payback for the match in Las Cruces in which the Aggies had something like six match points in the deciding game five only to come up short and lose the match. It's also a chance for the Aggies to finally notch a win on the islands. They've been close two of the past three seasons taking Hawai'i to five games in 2004 and 2005 and then losing in four games last season. The Aggies narrowly avoided the trap against Nevada, winning in five games after leading the match 2-0 and being up 27-21 in game three. Then on Saturday they showed no signs of looking ahead as they dominated San Jose State, winning in a sweep.

The football team will participate in their third homecoming game in as many weeks. Two weeks ago they were in Ruston for Louisiana Tech's homecoming, last weekend was our homecoming and this week it's Hawaii's homecoming. We have no idea how often that's happened but we're guessing it's not very often.

The Aggies will face Hawai'i shorthanded once again, this time they'll be without standout wide receiver Chris Williams who according to reports, has a fractured collarbone. This is obviously a huge blow to the Aggie offense but given the fact that they've been playing with key players injured the past several games, it should help with the adjustment. The Aggies still have several big-time receivers in A.J. Harris, Derek Dubois and Nick Cleaver and Kenneth Buckley stepped up his game against Idaho filling in for Chris.

In related news, the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team got beat by the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers yesterday. If you're one of those fans who believes in judging teams based on common opponents, the results fair well for the Aggies. Hawai'i lost in a sweep, as did the Aggies, however the Rainbow Wahine lost 30-22, 30-16, 30-24. When the Aggies played the Huskers, they lost 30-17, 30-25, 30-22. Based on the scores, the Aggie volleyball team did slightly better against Nebraska than did Hawai'i. The Aggies also played Nebraska much earlier in the season which worked against NMSU because they had several new players for Coach Jordan to integrate into the system. Does it mean the Aggies will defeat Hawai'i on Friday night? We'll see.

Before we get into today's links, be sure to check out our new 2007/2008 Aggie Women's Basketball Schedule Desktop Wallpaper as well as the pictures from Saturday's volleyball match against San Jose State and the pictures from the football game against Idaho.

Also, don't forget to stop by and vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting. Voting closes next Monday, let's see if we can tally 2500 votes for Chase before Monday.

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