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Cal Poly vs New Mexico State Preview

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new-mexico stLAS CRUCES, NM – The Cal Poly Mustangs open their 2014 campaign on the road against the New Mexico State Aggies. The Mustangs finished 2013 at 6-6 after a 42-14 win over Northern Colorado while the Aggies finished a 2-12 campaign with a 24-16 win over Idaho.

The Mustangs option attack will see a new front-runner this season as 1,000 yard rusher Kristaan Ivory is gone and the offense has struggled through camp. Chris Brown returns at quarterback but will split some time with Dano Graves at the position.

Cal Poly will be solid with a defense that surrendered 21.6 points per game last season. Senior linebackers Cameron Ontko and Nick Dzubnar are coming off 100 tackle seasons lead that squad.

The Aggies look to put the struggles of 2013 behind them having averaged 21 points a game offensively but being an absolute sieve allowing 45 points a game on defense. The offense will have a new faces at the skill positions beginning with sophomore Tyler Rodgers at quarterback but with a 3-to-1 run to pass ratio the biggest issues will be in the backfield where senior Brendan Betancourt is the only returner with solid experience.

The struggling defense lost its top three tacklers from 2013 and has to improve on last season with new faces.

Keys for Cal Poly Win

Ontko and Dzubnar must impose their will on the Aggies running attack and keep the offense in long yardage situations. Brown must take care of the football and keep the option-attack on schedule.

Keys For New Mexico State Win

The defense will have to step up and keep the Mustangs’ offense in check and force turnovers. Offensively, Rodgers must manage the attack and control the clock.

Key Injuries :

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Conclusion:

New Mexico State could put 2013 to rest with a big opening game win, but Cal Poly will be formidable offensively for the Aggies defense.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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