"I'm excited about this year's schedule and the teams we will be facing," head coach Hal Mumme said. "I feel that the 2006 schedule gives our players more of an opportunity to be competitive. We are looking forward to the challenges that are ahead for our team in 2006. I think anytime you have the chance to play seven home games in front of your students and fans and not have to worry about traveling it is an advantage."
Aggies open the 2006 season August 31st at home against Southeastern Louisiana, the same school that Mumme coached at in 2003 & 2004 before taking the Aggies' head coaching job last season. NMSU will then face 1-25 rival New Mexico on September 9th at home. The Aggies and Lobos have split their last four meetings in Las Cruces. The Aggies' third home game in a row to start the season will be against Texas Southern on September 16. NMSU and Texas Southern have never met on the football field.
After an open week, the Aggies will then hit the road for their first game away from Aggie Memorial Stadium, as they travel just 45 minutes south to face I-10 rival UTEP on September 30th. NMSU's last victory at UTEP came in 1994, as the Aggies pulled out a squeaker 23-22.
NMSU will then open up their second season in the Western Athletic Conference with an away game against Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Last season the two teams battled in a double overtime contest that saw the Vandals convert a two-point conversion to win the game.
NMSU will then come back to Las Cruces for their next two games against Boise State on October 14th and Hawai'i on October 21st. The Aggies have played Boise State three times in Las Cruces with all three games being decided by four points or less. Hawai'i will make their first trip to the Mesilla Valley in 2006.
Three of NMSU's final five games will be on the road, starting with Nevada on October 28th. The Aggies' last trip to Reno was a high scoring affair, as NMSU defeated the Wolf Pack 48-45. The Aggies will then welcome San Jose State to town on November 4th for the first time since 1995. NMSU lost that game 38-37. A touchdown with under a minute to go in the game for the Spartans was the difference in the game.
The Aggies then travel to Fresno State on November 11th for their sixth contest against the Bulldogs in California. Another open week for the Aggies will follow the Fresno State game before NMSU heads to Logan, Utah for a showdown with Utah State on November 25th. The Aggies have won twice in Logan, once in 1966 and the last time back in 1999.
NMSU will wrap up the 2006 regular season with Louisiana Tech on December 2nd. This will be the Aggies' first regular season game in the month of December since 1943 when they defeated the 51st Hospital 27-0. The last time NMSU played a game in December was the 1960 Sun Bowl against Utah State.
NMSU begins spring practice Friday, March 31st with the Crimson Bowl 2 scheduled for April 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies will practice every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. with scrimmages on Saturday, April 8th & 15th at 10:00 a.m. Football season tickets are scheduled to go on sale in mid-March.
2006 Football Schedule
8/31 SE Louisiana* (Thursday) Las Cruces 7:00 p.m.
9/9 New Mexico Las Cruces 6:00 p.m.
9/16 Texas Southern Las Cruces 6:00 p.m.
9/30 at UTEP El Paso, Texas 7:05 p.m.
10/7 at Idaho# Moscow, Idaho TBA
10/14 Boise State# Las Cruces 6:00 p.m.
10/21 Hawai'i# Las Cruces 6:00 p.m.
10/28 at Nevada# Reno, Nev. TBA
11/4 San Jose State# Las Cruces 6:00 p.m.
11/11 at Fresno State# Fresno, Calif. TBA
11/25 at Utah State# Logan, Utah TBA
12/2 Louisiana Tech# Las Cruces 1:00 p.m