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The Daily Aggie :: 10/15/11 | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

The Daily Aggie :: 10/15/11

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It's gameday! The Aggie football and volleyball teams are back in action today. The Aggie volleyball team takes the court at 2:00 p.m. (MT) against San Jose State. The Aggies are coming off a tough loss against No. 8 Hawai'i in five sets on Wednesday night. The Aggies must bounce back today against an improved San Jose State squad. The Spartans come into the match off a sweep of Louisiana Tech, a match in which they trailed just once. The Spartans hit .354 against LA Tech, their second best outing of the season. The Spartans are led offensively by Savannah Leaf and Taylor Japhet who are averaging 2.88 and 2.44 kills per set respectively.

Defensively the Spartans have four players averaging at least two digs per set. The Spartans average 2.08 blocks per set.

For the Aggies, they proved again on Wednesday night that when they serve tough and pass well that they can play with the best teams in the country.

The challenge today will be to get back up for a match against a team that the Aggies have historically dominated. Coming off an intense match on Wednesday night in front of a big crowd, there will undoubtedly be a much smaller crowd this afternoon and the challenge for the Aggies will be to create their own intensity.

Today's match begins at 2:00 p.m. (MT) and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 and streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie football team is coming off a bye week and is fresh. The Aggies host the Vandals today at 6:00 p.m. and it's a big game for the Aggies and Vandals. Idaho is already 0-2 in league play having lost to both Bulldogs squads (Fresno State and LA Tech). The Aggies are 0-1 in WAC play with their loss coming against San Jose State, a loss that isn't looking quite as bad as it did at the time. Why is that? Last night the Spartans upset Hawai'i in San Jose to improve to 2-1 in WAC play. If the Aggies can get a win today, they're absolutely right in the mix for the regular season title. A loss for Idaho would almost certainly knock them out of the race and would likely seal a losing season for the Vandals who are 1-5 on the year.

The Aggies can get to .500 with a victory today and it would put a five or six win season well within reach with seven games remaining on the schedule.

Idaho comes into the game struggling offensively. The Aggie defense needs to come out strong and keep Idaho in an offensive funk. Offensively, not to sound like a broken record but the Aggies need to get out to a quick start.

LIke the UNM game, if the Aggies can jump on the Vandals early and often, it could break their will. The Aggies should be able to move the ball against the Vandals. Teams have been averaging over 400 yards per game against the Idaho defense while the Idaho offense is averaging under 300 yards per game.

The Aggies are an improved team this season and it really feels like this is a game that the Aggies, in their improved state, should win. If the Aggies can control this game (and by control, we don't mean blow out the Vandals, we simply mean control both lines of scrimmage), it would be a major step forward for the program.

We don't expect a blowout on either side and it really feels like a game where neither team will likely break the 30-point mark.

Today's game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. (MT) kickoff and can be seen on AggieVision, Aggie Access (subscription required), ESPN Game Plan and ESPN3.com

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs his five keys to the game.

Vandal Nation interviews members of the Idaho football team (video)

Theo Lawson of Vandal Nation previews today's game.

Jeff Barnet of the Las Cruces Bulletin previews today's game.

Tristen Critchfield of the Albuquerque Journal features Aggie grayshirt Abram Holland.

The Sports Exchange previews today's game.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News examines the Aggies' turnover margin.

Teddy Feinberg blogs his game prediction.

The Idaho athletic website previews today's game.

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the first day of practice.

Jason Groves shares his storylines heading into the 2011-12 season.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs his thoughts on the team.

Brian McInnis of the Honolulu Advertiser shares his WAC preview.

Aggie Baseball
The Eau Claire Express website reports that Aggie Ty Forney has receive the Rawlings Big Stick award.

The Eau Claire Express website reports that Ty Forney was named as the 12th best prospect in the Northwoods League.

Josh Metz of the Eau Claire Express recaps their summer league season.

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