It's game day once again. The Aggie football and volleyball teams are both in action on the road and both have gargantuan tasks ahead of them. The football team is in search of their first 2-0 start to the season since 1999. They'll face an Ohio Bobcats squad that is coming off their biggest win in program history defeating Penn State last week. For the Aggies it's a chance to test their offense against a stout Ohio defense. The Aggies really need to establish some sort of running game early in this game whether it's by opening things up with the passing game or whether it's simply just trying to pound the ball but one thing is for sure, the Aggies need to be able to average more than the 2.5 yards per carry that they averaged against a mediocre Sacramento State defense.
It will be interesting to see what the Bobcat defense gives the Aggies. You have to think that they've practiced all week to not give the Aggies anything deep which means that the Aggies and Andrew Manley will need to be patient in the pass game and work the short and intermediate routes, something that they didn't do a whole lot against Sacramento State simply because they had such big mismatches against the Sac State secondary. It will also be interesting to see how early the Bobcats start to pressure Andrew Manley. Once the Hornets started getting some pressure on Manley in the second half was when the Aggie offense stalled out a bit.
Defensively the Aggies primary job is to contain Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton. He's a big running threat to go along with his solid passing ability. As we told the readers of The Post in our scouting report with them, if the Aggies can hold Tettleton to under 50 yards rushing and also keep Ohio running back Beau Blankenship under 100 yards rushing, we feel like the Aggies can really be competitive in this game.
The game is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. (MDT) kickoff and will be aired online on ESPN3. Radio coverage is available on the Aggie Sports Network in New Mexico and streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).
The Aggie volleyball team is also back in action this morning as they face #12 Pepperdine. The Aggies are coming off a 3-0 sweep of Florida International while Pepperdine is coming off a sweep at the hands of Colorado State.
The Waves' Jasmine Orozco led Pepperdine with 13 kills and hit .360 while Alyssa Mason hit .583 with eight kills. Pepperdine hit .266 in the match which isn't terrible but still lost in three sets.
For the Aggies it will be all about defense. Coach Jordan was not pleased with the Aggies' defensive efforts last Saturday nor was he particularly pleased with the Aggies' defense in yesterday's sweep of FIU.
A win today would be huge for the Aggies' already solid resume. The match is scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. (MDT) first serve with Live Stats available via the CSU athletic website.
Dave Poe of the News and Sentinel previews tonight's game.
Jason Arkley of The Messenger previews today's game.
Zach Ponce of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the Aggies' heartbreaking loss in overtime.
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