The New Mexico State Aggies (6-3) are 3-point favorites when they host the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (2-6) in a CUSA matchup on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The over/under is 55.5.
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Aggies vs. Blue Raiders Game Info
- Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023
- Time: 6:00 PM ET
- Channel: ESPN+
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Venue: Aggie Memorial Stadium
- Offensively, the Aggies rank 41st in the FBS with 428.4 yards per game. Meanwhile, they rank 69th in total defense (376.0 yards allowed per contest).
- The Aggies rank 60th in scoring offense (29.4 points per game) and 41st in scoring defense (21.4 points allowed per game) this year.
- New Mexico State is putting up 221.7 passing yards per game on offense (74th in the FBS), and ranks 102nd on defense with 246.9 passing yards allowed per game.
- On the offensive side of the ball, the Aggies have been a top-25 unit in terms of rushing yards, ranking 14th-best in the FBS by compiling 206.8 per game. They rank 46th on defense (129.1 rushing yards allowed per game).
- New Mexico State is putting up a 40.4% third-down conversion rate on offense (63rd in the FBS), and ranks 72nd on defense with a 37.6% third-down conversion rate allowed.
- With five forced turnovers (121st in the FBS) against seven turnovers committed (31st in the FBS), the Aggies (-2) have the 85th-ranked turnover margin in college football.
Blue Raiders Insights
- Middle Tennessee’s defense has been bottom-25 in total defense this season, surrendering 416.9 total yards per game, which ranks 23rd-worst. On offense, it ranks 65th with 394.9 total yards per contest.
- Middle Tennessee ranks 95th in points per game (23.8), but it has been less productive on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 15th-worst in the FBS with 33.1 points surrendered per contest.
- From an offensive angle, the Blue Raiders are posting 275.4 passing yards per game (31st-ranked). They rank 104th in the FBS defensively (247.6 passing yards surrendered per game).
- Middle Tennessee is compiling 119.5 rushing yards per contest on offense this season (106th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is giving up 169.3 rushing yards per game (100th-ranked) on defense.
- The Blue Raiders rank 45th in third-down conversion percentage (42.4%) on offense, but they’ve been less effective on the other side of the ball, ranking 16th-worst in the FBS with a 45.7% third-down percentage allowed.
- Middle Tennessee has forced eight turnovers this season and have turned the ball over 14 times, leading to a -6 turnover margin that is 13th-worst in the FBS.
- Diego Pavia has 1,896 passing yards through nine games this year, averaging 210.7 per game with a 61.1% completion percentage and 17 touchdowns against five interceptions.
- He has added 603 rushing yards (67.0 per game) and five touchdowns on the ground.
- Star Thomas’ rushing statline this season includes 409 yards and four TDs. He is averaging 45.4 yards per game and 5.3 per attempt (110th in the FBS).
- He has hauled in 15 passes (on zero targets) for 147 receiving yards with one touchdown. He’s averaging 16.3 receiving yards and 1.7 catches per game.
- Ahmonte Watkins’ output on the ground this season includes 459 yards and two TDs. He’s averaging 51.0 yards per game and 11.2 per attempt.
- Watkins has seven catches, 75 yards and one TD through the air.
Blue Raiders Leaders
- In eight games played this year, Nick Vattiato has totaled 2,151 passing yards, while throwing 15 touchdowns against eight interceptions and completing 68.1% of his attempts.
- He’s added 172 yards on the ground (second on the Blue Raiders), while scoring two rushing touchdowns. He’s averaging 21.5 yards per game and 2.0 per attempt.
- Elijah Metcalf has 40 catches for 483 yards and five receiving touchdowns. He has been targeted zero times and averages 5.0 receptions per game through eight games played.
- This season in eight games, Jaiden Credle has churned out 366 rushing yards (leading the Blue Raiders) and scored two rushing touchdowns. He averages 45.8 yards per game and 5.2 per carry (114th in the FBS).
- Credle’s statistic output includes 16 receptions (2.0 per game) on zero targets for 112 yards (14.0 per game) and one receiving touchdown.