While it's not a must win, or an official game for that matter, the Aggies scrimmage against Texas Tech has bigger implications to me than getting good competition against a Big 12 team early in the season. I don't know what all goes into scheduling but landing the Red Raiders in some form of home and home scenario is something that both coaches talked about. I recall conversations with McKinley Boston, who hopes to land more regional opponents on the schedule. I think renewing a series with Tech would be perfect for the Aggies and they would clearly be a home upgrade over some of the Aggies home opponents this year. At least it would be a start.
It sounds like members of both coaching staffs have crossed paths on the recruiting trail in the past but Pat Knight talked about his desire to get NMSU back on their schedule. Knight said that the Red Raiders will return the favor and scrimmage the Aggies in Las Cruces next year. Maybe it can turn into games that count down the line.