Game Preview: Eastern Michigan at Aztecs

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The EMU Screaming Emus.

What: Football game
Who: Eastern Michigan Eagles at San Diego State Aztecs
When:
 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: SDCCU Stadium
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: Aztecs -10.5

The Stakes

After Saturday’s upset over Arizona State, SDSU takes its next step on the way to the NEW YEAR’S SIX BABY WOOOOOO. We are definitely not getting ahead of ourselves.

The Opponent

The Aztecs close out their nonconference slate with some #MACtion against an opponent that plays for the widows in paradise, for the fatherless in Ypsilanti. This year, they’re also probably playing for the the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. Which is not a diss. I’d kill to see SDSU in that stupid game, to be honest.

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Game Recap: Aztecs notch epic win over No. 23 Arizona State! So why do I feel like I was just beaten with a baseball bat?

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When I think back on the biggest victories I’ve witnessed as a San Diego State football fan, a particular memory comes to mind for each. I’ll never forget the euphoric mass of humanity on the field at STADIUM last September following the Stanford upset. Nor will I forget the realization dawning on me, after that clutch Adam Muema first down run in 2012, that the Aztecs had actually just beaten Boise State on The Blue.

When I think of tonight’s 28-21 win over No. 23 Arizona State — a game that probably ranks just a bit behind those two in the pantheon of Rocky Long-era wins — the lasting memory will be me nearly barfing six slices of Woodstock’s pizza onto some poor souls in Plaza Level below.

I’m not out of the woods yet in that regard, either, so apologies if I end up losing my dinner in this post. That game was … something.

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Game Preview: Arizona State at Aztecs

Reimagined still from the web documentary ‘Washington’


What:
Football game
Who: No. 23 Arizona State Sun Devils at San Diego State Aztecs
When:
 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: SDCCU Stadium
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: Arizona State -5

The Stakes
Last chance for the Aztecs to get a non-conference Power Five win and avoid falling off the radar with a 1-2 start.

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Christian Chapman expected to miss up to six weeks with sprained MCL

The news on Christian Chapman’s left knee isn’t good, exactly, but it’s not as bad as initially feared.

This projected timeline for Chapman’s recovery means that at the very least, it will be the Ryan Agnew show for games against Arizona State and Eastern Michigan. Chapman could possibly return after the bye to face Boise State on the Avatar turf, though that seems like a tough scenario to drop a rusty, hobbled QB into the middle of.

Honestly, the way Chapman writhed in agony after being hit low in the second quarter against Sacramento State, I was expecting a season-ending ligament tear. So the fact that he should be back for a division title run is a positive development.

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Game Recap: Aztecs survive Sac State; Chapman not so much

Generally, watching your team face a Football Championship Subdivision squad offers only two possible outcomes: A meaningless, emotionless win or a humiliating loss that is a harbinger of pestilence, sadness and doom.

What went down on Saturday night felt like splitting the difference between the two.

Yes, the Aztecs notched their first win of the season, gutting out a 28-14 victory over solid FCS opponent Sacramento State. But the Aztecs needed a late rally to avoid the embarrassing upset. Even worse, they almost certainly have lost QB Christian Chapman for an extended period of time. The senior injured his knee while being hit low during the second quarter and did not return. An MRI is scheduled for Sunday.

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Game Preview: Sacramento State at Aztecs

What: Football game
Who: Sacramento State Hornets at San Diego State Aztecs
When:
 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: SDCCU Stadium
TV: There might be a feed in the press box I guess, or on those Circuit City clearance sale TV monitors bolted onto the Plaza Level overhang. Buy a ticket, basically.
Line: Nah

The Stakes
Unless shit goes sideways, this game is a welcome chance for a needed tune-up before Arizona State. SDSU will have a somewhat low-pressure environment to work on correcting the things that went wrong in the Stanford game, including such trivial details as pass protection, covering opposing football men or not hesitating your way into a 17-yard sack. I’m guessing the team is feeling cranky after the way the second half of Friday’s game went down, and I believe Rocky Long is a good enough coach to channel that constructively.

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Game Recap: Stanford tree puts wood to football Aztecs 31-10

Well, shit.

The San Diego State football Aztecs opened their 2018 season with a 31-10 loss to the 13th-ranked Stanford Cardinal. They’re called the Cardinal because their old nickname was Indians. That’s right, smarter-than-thou “West Coast Ivy” Stanford is actually no better and no less culturally exploitative than SDSU.

Fuckin’ Stanford.

Except that Stanford stopped appropriating the Indian nickname in 1972, right after winning their second straight Rose Bowl. Stanford has won eight Rose Bowls. They played in the first (and almost last) Rose Bowl in 1902.

So maybe Stanford is a little different than us.

On this night the main observable difference was how Big and Tall the Cardinal receivers were in relation to our State school defensive backs. Specifically one Jose Joaquin Arcega-Whiteside, who lit up the Aztecs for 226 yards and three touchdowns on six receptions.

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Game Preview: Aztecs at Stanford

The Stanford Band and its offensive display of state school student appropriation.

When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Stanford Stadium
TV: FS1
Line: Stanford (-14 1/2)

The Stakes
San Diego State looks to extend its 3-game Pac-12 winning streak and jump from receiving zero votes in the polls to probably being ranked this time next week. Is this a particularly likely outcome? Welllllll.

Look, don’t worry too much about that.

A road loss to the No. 13 Cardinal wouldn’t be the end of the world for the Aztecs — it probably wouldn’t even disqualify them from the New Year’s Six conversation. As the Aztecs learned last year, big Power 5 wins don’t matter so much when you stumble in conference. I’ll take a West Division title over another Stanford upset, if I have to choose.

That said … both would be fine. Maybe do both?

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