It seems a bit odd for I-10 rivals New Mexico State and UTEP to be lining up for their annual football battle with Thanksgiving just a few days away.
The Aggies and Miners typically slug it out early in the season. This year it comes after NMSU and UTEP have already squared off in men’s and women’s basketball.
But under the circumstances, playing this late might be something of a blessing. The Aggies and Miners come in to Saturday’s meeting in Las Cruces with 1-9 records and bowl aspirations long extinguished. This longtime rivalry gives both teams something to get excited about.