AState has a lot at stake Saturday vs. NMSU.
The Red Wolves need a win to continue to control their own destiny in the Sun Belt race. AState will be trying to get over .500 for the first time in 2016. The Red Wolves are looking to stretch their current winning streak to five and their conference winning streak to 14 games.
NMSU is 2-6 on the season. They defeated ULL in overtime, lost by 3 to Georgia Southern and were blown out by Troy and Idaho.
On offense the Aggies gain about 50 yards more per game than the Red Wolves and 5.43 yards per play compared to AState’s 5.33. They convert 38.5% of third downs while AState converts 23%. The two are tied at 111th in the nation in sacks given up. Both teams have been fairly ineffective in the red zone.
Defensively, NMSU gives up 97 yards more per game than AState. The Red Wolves give up 5.5 yards per play while the Aggies give up 6.6 yards. NMSU is giving up about a yard more per rushing play and yard more per pass completion. The AState red zone defense is giving up touchdowns 46.7% of the time while NMSU gives up a TD 66% of the time. AState averages two sacks per game while NMSU averages one.
The Red Wolves lead NMSU in kickoff return yards and yards allowed, punt return yards and punt returns allowed. AState has a slight edge punting yardage and NMSU a slight edge in FG percentage.
NMSU picks up 10 fewer yards per game in penalties. The Aggies have a slight edge in turnover margin for the season.
Saturday’s senior day will kickoff at 2pm at Centennial Bank Stadium. Telecast will be by ESPN3.