Game Preview: Northern Illinois University Huskies at Aztecs

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What: Northern Illinois Huskies vs. No. 19 San Diego State Aztecs
When: Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: Aztecs -10.5

THE EVERGREEN TERRACE BOWL IS HERE AGAIN
This week’s matchup is the second in a home-and-home with the Huskies, a team named after a size of Sears Toughskins pants I wore as a kid. In last year’s contest, as you may recall (or perhaps not), the Aztecs went to DeKalb and defeated NIU 42-28. A convincing score for a game that left many of us relieved when the clock hit 00:00.

While the “Evergreen Terrace Bowl” sounds like a challenge/party game in Washington and Colorado (word to January 2018 in California. Uh … don’t smoke the dope, kids.), it’s shorthand nationally* for the game between the alma maters of animated married couple Dan Castellaneta (NIU, 1979; voice of Homer Simpson) and Julie Kavner (SDSU, 1971; voice of Marge Simpson). After last year’s victory, San Diego State leads the all-time series 5-0.
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SDSU West, coming to a ballot near you

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No word on the fate of the previously proposed San Diego Riverdong. Photo courtesy , senior riverdong correspondent.

Wheels are officially in motion for San Diego State to try to wrest Mission Valley from the evil grip of the global communist conspiracy soccer, hella condos and bougie mixology bars, probably. Today the proxy group created to do the university’s political bidding on this issue stated its intent to start gathering signatures to get SDSU West on the ballot.

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What would constitute a good crowd for Saturday’s game?

Photo credit: Wife.

Through two home games this season, the San Diego State football team is averaging more than 44,000 fans per game (you SDSU attendance deniers can view the sexy butts-in-seats evidence here and here). That’s really good — the type of average attendance that would not be out of place among Power Five conference schools in areas that have professional teams, culture and indoor plumbing.

Of course, those two games were also the hottest tickets on the SDSU schedule: The annual KGB SkyShow and Stanford, the best Power Five school to play at SDSU in more than a decade. As the Aztecs now sit undefeated at No. 19 in the nation, but with a less than glamorous opponent coming in, this weekend will provide a truer test of what kind of college football town San Diego can really be.

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Aztecs wade past Air Force in an evil game that definitely just tried to murder us all

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Cram it, Gene.

One week ago tonight, the Aztecs delivered a huge comeback win against Stanford that we all replayed in our heads and on all our various devices for the entire week. That game was awesome.

Tonight, the Aztecs delivered a huge comeback win against Air Force that I now wish to scrub from my memory using one of those Men In Black neuralyzer things. That game was horrible and can go screw itself.

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Game Preview: Aztecs at United States Air Force Academy Falcons

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What: San Diego State Aztecs (22) vs. Air Force Falcons
When: Saturday, September 23, 16:00:00
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: Aztecs -3.5

In the…Air Force! You can…fly…the seven…skies…in the Air Force!(?)

Along with the Army and Naval academies, the Air Force Falcons answer the question that has gripped the nation since 2014, when @YoungCons made the world think for a moment – could The Troops dominate a football league, were they so inclined? Perhaps not, but they generally put together a pretty competent football team. And in the case of this year’s Falcons, they’re the conference game I was most concerned about in the preseason. And that was when I figured on a loss to Stanford, no “TRAP GAME” narrative, etc. etc.

I will be All Business today, because unlike Rocky Long…I don’t hate The Troops or America.

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Rocky Long versus The Troops

Some of those that wear headsets, are the same that pwn cadets.

One of the best things about having Rocky Long coach of your favorite football team (besides, you know, the winning) is how meme-worthy he is. Rocky has a colorful, unconventional personality, as was on display in his incredible postgame comments about The Blackout.

My blog cohorts and me are gleeful purveyors of these dankest of dank memes. For example:

These are all very good, mostly because they seem to contain kernels of truth gleaned from Long’s public persona. But the best Rocky Long meme out there is one this humble blog cannot take credit for. It’s this:

Rocky Long hates America.

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An ode to a somehow unsung quarterback

Not pictured: Christian Chapman

It’s been four days since our beloved Aztecs took down Stanford, giving the SDSU football program arguably their biggest win ever and at least one dude two broken ankles.

But it’s time to move on to Air Force.

[rewatches entire final drive again]

Can’t dwell on the past anymore.

[sends nine more tweets about the environment Saturday night]

We need to focus on the goal ahead of us.

[delivers flowers to Kameron Kelly’s mom]

Ok screw it let’s talk about it some more. Specifically, let’s talk about one of the most underappreciated players on the team: the fucking quarterback.

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Attendance Truth: Stanford blackout edition

Shining the light of truth amid the darkness.

With the Chargers gone and Mission Valley up for grabs, it seems everybody is suddenly *keenly* interested in San Diego State’s football attendance. Trouble is, that number has always been kind of tough to pin down. The official count is a tickets-distributed figure, and that often doesn’t jibe with the butts in seats. THE HATERZ on the other hand have it on good authority that literally zero people have ever attended an Aztecs football game. We’re here to find the truth, people.

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September 16, 2017: SDSU vs. Stanford University. The Blackout. Read the recap.

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