The highlight of the home schedule will be the season finale between two-time defending conference champion North Texas and the Aggies, which will be televised live on ESPN2. The two teams played for the league championship last year in Denton.
The game will be played on Tuesday, November 25 and will be the first ever nationally televised game from Aggie Memorial Stadium.
"The fact that ESPN2 is coming to Las Cruces is a real testament to the progress our program has made under Coach Samuel and the great fan support that we enjoy," said New Mexico State Athletics Director Brian Faison. "It's a great opportunity for our program and for the city of Las Cruces."
The Aggies open the season against nationally ranked Texas on Saturday August 30 in Austin. Texas is one of five bowl teams on the 2003 schedule. Other games with bowl teams from a year ago include Oregon State (September 13), New Mexico (September 27), Arkansas (November 15) and North Texas (November 25).
The annual homecoming contest will be Saturday, November 1 when the Aggies entertain Arkansas State.
This will also mark the third consecutive season the Aggies have played 12 regular season games.
New Mexico State was 7-5 last year and 5-1 in the Sun Belt Conference.
2003 New Mexico State Football Schedule
August 30 at Texas Austin, Texas TBA
September 6 Western New Mexico Las Cruces, N.M. 6:00 p.m.
September 13 at Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. 2:30 p.m.
September 20 Open
September 27 at New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. 6:00 p.m.
October 4 Idaho* Las Cruces, N.M. 6:00 p.m.
October 11 at Middle Tennessee* Murfreesboro, Tenn.
October 18 at UL Lafayette* Lafayette, La.
October 25 at UL Monroe* Monroe, La.
November 1 Arkansas State* (HC) Las Cruces, N.M. 4:00 p.m.
November 8 Utah State* Las Cruces, N.M. 4:00 p.m.
November 15 at Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. TBA
November 25# North Texas* (ESPN) Las Cruces, N.M.
TBA HC - Homecoming *Sun Belt Conference Game
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