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Bowl-bound Aggies now head to Western Kentucky


Let the speculation begin.

The NM State Aggie football team is now bowl-eligible after defeating Middle Tennessee 13-7 Nov. 4 at the Homecoming game at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

The official postseason bowl schedule won’t be announced until Sunday, Dec. 3, but that won’t stop fans from speculating which bowl game the Aggies, now 7-3, will make.

Athlon Sports, in its Nov. 6 bowl projections, had the Aggies playing UNLV in the Dec. 16 New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. But there is a lot of football to be played, and the projections can change with each game. Last week, Athlon projected NM State to be in the New Orleans Bowl, another of the eight bowls with a Conference USA tie-in.

Before any post-season bowling, however, the Aggies have a different color of “bowling” to tend to.

Bowling Green, Kentucky, to be exact, where the Aggies face Western Kentucky in a conference game Saturday, Nov. 11. Western Kentucky is 5-4 overall and 3-2 in C-USA after defeating UTEP 21-13 Nov. 4 in El Paso.

The Aggies struggled offensively in the victory against Middle Tennessee, with their lowest point total of the season, and only scored three points in the second half. Fortunately for NM State, the Aggie defense equaled its lowest point total allowed of the season, and were able to keep Middle Tennessee out of the end zone after a furious drive that started at their own 10-yard-line, and ended on an incomplete fourth-down pass from the Aggie 15-yard-line as time expired.

It was the fifth straight win for NM State.