Scouting Florida’s 2020 opponents: Game 11 — New Mexico State

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New Mexico State coach Doug Martin. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Editor’s note: While we have no idea when college football will start, we are bringing you a look at each of the 12 opponents Florida has scheduled to play.

Today: New Mexico State.

When: Nov. 21, TBD.

Where: Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Last year: Things didn’t go well for the independent Aggies, who finished 2-9 in Doug Martin’s seventh season as his record dropped to 22-63. New Mexico State had the 102nd ranked offense, the 126 ranked defense and was minus-15 in turnover margin. The first two games of the season were losses by a combined score of 120-17 to Washington State and Alabama.

Outlook for 2020: Martin has two years left on his contract but it’s difficult to be on too much of a hot seat if the school can’t afford your buy-out. Not having a spring is going to hurt as the Aggies try to find offense with a new quarterback in junior college transfer Jonah Johnson and new receivers to get the offense going.

Best offensive player: Left tackle Sage Doxtater was injured early last year before coming back late, but didn’t burn a year of eligibility so he is a fifth-year senior. At 6-foot-7, 320 pounds, he is the best player on what should be a solid offensive line. 

Best defensive player: There is a theme here because the same thing happened to Roy Lopez, another redshirt senior who has 146 career tackles as a defensive tackle. Lopez is the anchor of an excellent defensive front. 

Fun fact: This will be the third time the teams have played. Steve Spurrier (1994) and Urban Meyer (2005) both enjoyed easy wins against New Mexico State, winning by a combined score of 131-34.

Quote: “There are a lot of questions on the roster, but the schedule is a lot easier. It’s going to come down to how good the offense is and that will depend on whether or not Jonah Johnson is the real deal and whether they can find receivers when they get back to practicing.” — Jason Groves, Las Cruzes (N.M.) Sun News.