NM State Athletics Announces 2014 Football Schedule
Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State Athletics Department announced Saturday morning the 2014 football schedule, which features six home games and six away contests. The Aggies begin their first season as members of the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
“We are thrilled with being in the Sun Belt Conference beginning in 2014,” head coach Doug Martin said. “We are looking forward to building some rivalries in conference. With the marquee game at LSU, it should be an exciting season for our fans.”
NM State will open the season by hosting Cal Poly on Thursday, Aug. 28. The Aggies have faced Cal Poly three times in school history, the last being in 1997. NM State holds a 3-0 series lead. The Aggies travel to Georgia State for their Sun Belt Conference opener Sept. 6. It will be the first meeting between the two schools. NM State will then take on the Miners for the 92nd time in school history in El Paso, Texas, Sept. 13.
I-25 rival New Mexico visits Las Cruces Sept. 20 for the 106th meeting in program history. The Aggies hit the road for the third time in less than a month on Sept. 27 to take on LSU. NM State has faced the national power once in 1996.
Georgia Southern comes to town on Oct. 4 for a first-time meeting between the two programs. NM State will then travel to Troy Oct. 11 and Idaho Oct. 18. The Aggies have faced Troy one other time in 2004, while the Aggies and Vandals are familiar conference foes, as that series dates back to 1971.
NM State will have the first of two bye weeks Oct. 25, followed by a contest against Texas State Nov. 1 in Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies and Bobcats last met in 2012. Lafayette and NM State met in 2013, but will meet Nov. 8 in Las Cruces, this time as conference opponents. Lafayette leads the series 4-3 over the Aggies.
NM State will take their second bye week of the season Nov. 12, before welcoming UL-Monroe to town Nov. 22. The Aggies lead the series 3-0. NM State wraps up the season with a trip to Jonesboro, Ark., Nov. 29 to face Arkansas State. The last meeting between these two teams was in 2003.
The Aggies begin spring practice on March 16.
2014 NM State Football Schedule
Aug. 28 Cal Poly
Sept. 6 at Georgia State*
Sept. 13 at UTEP
Sept. 20 New Mexico
Sept. 27 at LSU
Oct. 4 Georgia Southern*
Oct. 11 at Troy*
Oct. 18 at Idaho*
Oct. 25 Open
Nov. 1 Texas State*
Nov. 8 Lafayette*
Nov. 15 Open
Nov. 22 UL-Monroe*
Nov. 29 at Arkansas State*
* = Sun Belt Conference Games