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 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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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 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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Game Preview: Aztecs vs. University of New Mexico Lobos

 

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Rocky Long, dashing young man

What: New Mexico Lobos at San Diego State Aztecs
When: Friday, November 24 at 12:30 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: Aztecs -20

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Game Preview: Aztecs vs. University of Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack

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What: Nevada Wolf Pack at San Diego State Aztecs
When: Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: Aztecs -16.5

Same story as last week and every week going forward: WIN

Nevada comes to town with a 2-8 record and nothing much to play for outside of pride (and that sweet, sweet “free” education). San Diego State is still playing for a shot at the MWC championship game, which requires winning out and Fresno State losing to Wyoming and Boise State…all of which is realistic.

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Game Preview: Aztecs at San José State University Spartans

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…visions of lifted El Caminos danced in Rocky Long’s head.

What: San Diego State Aztecs at San José State Spartans
When: Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.
TV: ESPNU
Line: Aztecs -23.5

TGIFuuuuuuuuuuuuu-I screwed up.

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Game Preview: Aztecs at University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors

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Modular sports venue in a tropical river valley

What: San Diego State Aztecs at Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors
When: Saturday, October 28 at 8:15 p.m.
TV: ESPN2
Line: Aztecs -9.5

The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
I, too, have visited Aloha Stadium on a Saturday, with a singular goal and high stakes. In the parking lot, they have a swap meet that puts even the best day at Kobey’s to shame. Faced with consecutive defeats, I took to the Aloha Stadium turf (parking lot) in a last-ditch effort to get myself on track. I was determined to find that throwback Rainbows cap that had eluded me, that I was told by many locals “did not exist.” After a treacherous journey through junk jewelry, coconut stands and die-cut decals depicting Stormtroopers with traditional Polynesian tattoos, I found my cap. It was hot as shit. Rocky Long would have loved it. My point is that I intro all of these previews with loosely-related nonsense, and today is no different. The Aztecs are just like me, as you can see. They’re looking for their Rainbows throwback ca-shut up, David.

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