In a somewhat puzzling move, the NMSU football team began the first weekend of college football as spectators.
Typically, a bye week, or week without a game, is scheduled mid-season and is used to give a team a chance to get healthy from half a season of wear and tear, and spend an extra week preparing for the next opponent.
By picking week one, the Aggies are now faced with twelve straight weeks of games. However, second year head coach DeWayne Walker believes it's just what his team needs.
"I think the week off really helps us as a team," said Walker. "Offensively, probably a little more because Coach Dunbar is trying to implement a new offense and trying to prepare for [SDSU's] defense. So I think that has been very positive."
Come this Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium, facing San Diego State, Coach Walker and his squad will find out if the risk was worth the reward.