The Daily Aggie :: 09/27/10

It's another big week for Aggie athletics as the volleyball and football teams host Top 5 opponents this week. Volleyball is preparing for the No. 5 Wahine on Wednesday night for a nationally televised match on ESPNU.

The Wahine, like the Aggies, swept through their opening weekend of competition defeating a very very good Utah State team on Thursday night and then handling Nevada on Friday night. The Aggies had no trouble with Louisiana Tech sweeping them on Thursday night in Ruston and then coming home and sweeping them on Saturday.

Wednesday night's match is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. first serve.

The Aggie football team also hosts a Top 5 opponent when No. 3 Boise State comes to town on Saturday. The Aggies are coming off a 42-16 loss to Kansas on Saturday and are still struggling to find their way defensively. The Jayhawks came into the game against the Aggies giving up four sacks per game. The Aggie defense did not register a sack against the Jayhawk quarterback Jordan Webb. In an article by Matt Tait in yesterday's edition of the Lawrence Journal-World, Tait wrote, "So pleased was Webb with Saturday’s performance by his offensive line, he actually was looking forward to today. “It’s an awesome feeling, obviously,” Webb said. “I won’t be very sore (today). Our offensive line played great today. Communication was really good, our tempo was good, and overall it was just an execution thing.”"

We bring it up, not to pour salt in the wound, however, with Boise State coming in, the Aggies absolutely must get pressure on Kellen Moore. Moore is one of the deadliest passers in the country and if given time, he will systematically pick defenses apart. The Broncos have surrendered just one sack this season and have sacked opposing quarterbacks 11 times.

We have a lot of respect for Boise State head coach Chris Petersen and we believe him when he told Idaho Press-Tribune writer Dave Southorn that he won't be running up the score in an attempt to earn "style points." Note: But that doesn't mean the team won't score 50 points... The Broncos beat Wyoming 51-6, however, they scored 44 of those points in the first three quarters. And if you remember back to last year's game in Boise, the Broncos had the ball at the Aggie 2-yard line end of the game and the Broncos took about three straight knees instead of pounding the ball in for a touchdown.

It may sound like we're conceding a Boise State victory this week, rest assured we're not. Anything can happen. However, even the Aggie coaching staff knows it's an uphill battle this week against No. 3 Boise State. When asked about facing Boise State on Saturday Coach Walker told Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News, "Just try to get through the next one without getting murdered." Realistic expectations for a team that has surrendered 40-plus points in each of the first three games.

With this being game week against the Broncos, we urge all Aggie fans to check out the outstanding website One Bronco Nation Under God for all things Boise State football related. That being said, if you don't have a sense of humor, you should probably steer away from OBNUG this week.

We'll be participating in OBNUG's Blog Bet (also known as the annual guest post by Kevan Lee) and we'll be swapping Q&A's with OBNUG this week. Stay tuned.

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
Dave Southorn of the Idaho Press-Tribune writes that the Broncos will be away from the spotlight for a while.

Turn Up The Orange (El Paso Times) notes that the Aggies are 40 point underdogs this week.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about Saturday's loss.

Matt Tait of shares a few interesting notes from Saturday's game.

Megan Rupp of The Kansan recaps Saturday's game.

Aggie Soccer
The Wyoming athletic website recaps the Aggies' 2-1 victory.

Aggie Volleyball
Marc Arakaki of Ka' Leo reports on the Hawai'i volleyball team taking their first road trip this week.

Aggie Men's Tennis
The NM State athletic website recaps Arthur Surreaux's title this weekend.

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