LAS CRUCES, N.M. — It'll be a big game at Aggie Memorial Stadium for the Battle of I-10 Saturday with both UTEP and NMSU looking for their first win of the season.
On Friday, the field looks ready to go and fans are already set up for a good tailgate but the Battle of I-10 wouldn't be a rivalry if there wasn't a little trash talking.
"Wow that I'm an NMSU student who cares about UTEP," said Josh Escobedo, a freshman at NMSU.
The rivalry dates back to the early 1900's with UTEP leading the series 53-35-2 and the last two games have both gone to UTEP.
"For the Aggie fans it's just about being better than that school right next door to us," said Juan Hernandez, who's in the band.
When Aggie Memorial Stadium opened in 1978, it was christened with a victory over the Miners.
But now UTEP Coach Sean Kugler said even in on the road it feels like a home game.
"You walk out there up at Aggie Stadium and there's 10,000 or 15,000 UTEP fans, that makes you feel real good," Kugler said.
Aggie Memorial Stadium has a capacity of about 30,000 people, so Kugler saying he expects up to half the stadium to be wearing orange didn't sit too well with fans.
"Last game I was here it was crimson dominated and this year is going to be the same," Hernandez said.
Ticket sales for the game have been slow with nearly 9,000 tickets sold but almost 6,000 are season ticket holders.
Hernandez said the first home game saw a good crowd and expects the turnout to continue getting better.
"We have really good fans and they support the team," Hernandez said.