What: San Diego State Aztecs at San José State Spartans
When: Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Line: Aztecs -23.5
TGIFuuuuuuuuuuuuu-I screwed up.
It’s El Camino Real Rivalry week … and I mentally skipped ahead to the bye week? Awful. Pin the inevitable loss on me.
Last year’s San Diego State victory took the all-time series to an even 19-19-2. Is this the year San Diego State finally takes control of the El Camino Real rivalry? Why haven’t the schools bought a rusted El Camino off of eBay for the winner to drive home and keep for the year?
Why should we be scared of them?
Almost 24 point favorites on the road? Rashaad Penny and Juwan Washington vs. the 128th (of 129) rushing defense in the nation? When San José State leads the nation in turning the ball over? If the Aztecs can’t beat these guys, Rocky should retire to the Salton Sea geodesic dome he’s always dreamed of.
Do they have anyone worth watching?
Last year, we previewed the running attack of SJSU. Freshman running back Tyler Nevens has taken the job from backs we mentioned last year (Malik Roberson [Jr] and Zamore Zigler [So] ), so there’s a bit of buzz about him. Not much, really. I guess “buzz” was the wrong word. Anyway, if there’s to be trouble, it’s coming from the backs.
Why should we hate them?
A storied rivalry like the El Camino Real rivalry needs no motivation for hate.
Do they have any famous alumni we can make fun of?
If you remember American Gladiators, the names that immediately come to mind will likely be “Gemini,” “Turbo,” “Lace” and Wesley “2 Scoops” Berry.
Most of all, you probably remember Dan “Nitro” Clark as the man behind the tennis ball launcher, or running around in the giant hamster ball, or beating up competitors with the giant Q-tip. It’s possible you don’t remember any of this and are wondering what the deal was with entertainment in the 90s. This is reasonable.
Dan played football for the Spartans, eventually leading to a year in the NFL with the Rams. Think of him as a poor man’s Fred Dryer. Or don’t. Whatever.
Will we beat them?