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New Mexico State boosts Independent schedule with competitive series

The Aggies add games against Utah State and Texas State to the 2018 season and beyond.

New Mexico State v LSU Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

As some of you may have seen on Twitter, AD Mario Moccia announced that some more football schedule updates were going to be released soon for the upcoming season.

Today, we learned what those updates entailed as the Aggies added Texas State and Utah State to the 2018 schedule, and to the 2020 and 2021 schedules, respectively.

Texas State Series

Per FBSSchedules.com, current Sun Belt foes Texas State and New Mexico State will play at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos on October 27, 2018. To complete the series, NMSU will host the Bobcats on October 3, 2020.

The Bobcats and Aggies first played in 2012 as members of the now disbanded Western Athletic Conference (WAC, R.I.P.). The series is currently tied 2-2 with New Mexico State defeating the Bobcats last year 50-10 in Las Cruces.

The two teams are scheduled to play this year in San Marcos on November 4.

Utah State Series

The Aggies added another former WAC foe to their first independent schedule with the Aggies from Logan, Utah.

The first game of the series will take place at Maverik Stadium on Utah State’s campus on September 8, 2018, with the next game of the series being played at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces on November 6, 2021.

The two teams have played a total of 37 times with the first coming in 1960. The Aggies of Utah State currently hold a 30-7 lead in the series.

Reaction

I cannot be happier with the addition of these two teams to the future NMSU schedules. Not only are they familiar foes to the fan base but they are relatively close and will certainly be competitive games.

I’m also happy because this means that New Mexico State is only one(!) game away from completing their 2018 football schedule!

I am guessing that the final game will be against an FCS team but that remains uncertain at this point. Whoever NMSU does end up playing, their 2018 schedule will sure be much easier than their 2017 schedule.

These series also show that NMSU is committed to football at the highest level. With games scheduled for 2020 and 2021, it shows that the Aggies aren’t just going to be Independent for the 2018 and 2019 seasons and then drop down to FCS.

In other words, there is plenty more Aggies football to come at the highest level!