New Mexico State: Facts and Factors

New Mexico State comes to the Rose Bowl for the first time with a first year head coach and a history of awful football...

--UCLA will host the New Mexico State Aggies at the Rose Bowl Saturday night. The game will kick off at 7:37 PT, and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, with Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker, and Drea Avent calling the action.

--New Mexico State is 0-3 on the season, with three blowout losses to Texas, Minnesota, and UTEP by a combined 93 points. UCLA is 2-0, with a 41-21 victory over then No. 23 Nebraska in Lincoln last week.

--The Bruins and the Aggies have never faced each other.

--UCLA is ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the Coaches poll. New Mexico is unranked.

--The Aggies have been woefully bad for a very long time. In the last 40 years, New Mexico State has just four winning seasons and two conference titles, both of which occurred in the 1970's. The Aggies haven't appeared in a bowl game in 51 years, the longest drought in Division I/FBS.

--After the WAC folded after 2012 as a football conference, New Mexico State elected to go independent and remain in the FBS. Next year, the Aggies will return to the Sun Belt Conference in 2014 for football.

--The Aggies were, until recently, helmed by former UCLA defensive coordinator Dewayne Walker, who took over the job after the 2008 season. Like many coaches, Walker found no success with the Aggies, amassing a 10-40 record in four years with only four conference wins. After last season, he elected to move on to coach the defensive backs for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

--The new head coach for the program is Doug Martin, who was the offensive coordinator for the Aggies in 2011 before leaving to take the same position with Boston College in 2012. Martin's offense at Boston College ranked 47th in passing yards per game, and in his last year at New Mexico State, the Aggies ranked 26th in passing offense.

--New Mexico State holds a 12-59 all time record against teams in the current Pac-12, with the only wins coming against Arizona or Arizona State.

--Since 1999, New Mexico State has one win against a ranked opponent in 20 opportunities. That lone victory came in 1999, against No. 22 Arizona State, with the Aggies stunning the Sun Devils 35-7.

--The new president of New Mexico State university, Garrey Carruthers, said during his campaign for the job that he's open to moving the football program to FCS or dropping the program altogether. He was quoted in the Las Cruces Sun-News as saying: "Maybe we should be a minor-sport (program)...Somebody even mentioned to me yesterday, maybe we should drop football. Maybe one of the options is just stay the course and just join the Missouri Valley (Conference) and play all the sports they play. … That's an option we need to take a look at. The most expensive sport is football, and probably the least successful at the moment."

--UCLA, on the other hand, is currently experiencing its best run of success since the 2005 season. Under second year head coach Jim Mora, the Bruins are 11-5 over the last two years and are the defending Pac-12 South champions.

--UCLA and New Mexico State are almost mirror images of each other statistically. The Bruins gain over 575 yards per game, the Aggies give up an average of 576.7. The Bruins give up an average of 342 yards, the Aggies gain 366.7.

--UCLA is favored by by a consistent 42.5 points across sports books. That is, almost certainly, the most points UCLA has been favored by in the last 15 years.

--Keenan Graham, a defensive end for UCLA, is currently leading the nation in sacks per game at 1.5. Anthony Barr, the star outside linebacker, is currently leading the nation in fumbles forced per game at 1.5, after earning 3 in one game against Nebraska last week.

--After Saturday night's game, UCLA will earn a rare second bye week this early in the season before opening Pac-12 play against Utah on Thursday, October 3rd.

--The weather for Saturday at the Rose Bowl is projected to have a high of 81 degrees, an be around 70 degrees at game time.

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