Game Preview: Aztecs at Fresno State

The classic dilemma: Bumfuck Nowhere or nowhere, bumfuck.

What: Football game
Who: San Diego State Aztecs at Fresno State Bulldogs
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bulldog Stadium
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: Fresno State -13

The Stakes
All the remaining marbles. SDSU stays mathematically alive for a conference championship with a win; a loss sends the Aztecs home with no Oil Can and only a bottom-tier bowl bid to look forward to.

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Game Preview: UNLV at Aztecs

Infographic highlighting New Hey Reb’s most vulnerable pressure points.

What: Football game
Who: UNLV Rebels at San Diego State Aztecs
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: SDCCU Stadium
TV: ESPN2
Line: SDSU -23

The Stakes
It’s pretty simple: If SDSU wants to win the Mountain West Conference’s West division title, it can’t afford another loss. Not to Fresno State, not to Hawai’i and certainly not to these jabronis.

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Game Preview: Aztecs at New Mexico

New Mexico QB Rocky Long getting ready to spin it in 1970.

What: Football game
Who: San Diego State Aztecs at New Mexico Lobos
When: 7:15 p.m. Saturday
Where: Dreamstyle Stadium
TV: ESPNU
Line: SDSU -10

The Stakes
SDSU tries to keep pace with Fresno in the MW-West race with a win while getting key returning players a few snaps. A loss to the 3-5 Lobos would be painfully season-ruining.

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Game Preview: Aztecs at Nevada

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Winter is Coming.

What: Football game
Who: San Diego State Aztecs at Nevada Wolve Pæck
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Mackay Stadium
TV: ESPNU
Line: SDSU -2.5 and falling

The Stakes
I thought that the two possible outcomes for last week’s San José State game were either a Top 25 ranking or a humiliating defeat. Props to the Aztecs for finding a Third Way, I suppose? With SDSU now at 28 in both polls, a road win of any kind over a decidedly pulse-having Nevada-Reno squad this week should actually do the trick this time. I think?

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Game Preview: San José State at Aztecs


What:
Football game
Who: San José State Spartans at San Diego State Aztecs
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: SDCCU Stadium
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: SDSU -27.5

The Stakes
With a victory over the winless Spartans the Aztecs would actually have a decent chance of getting ranked on Sunday. I made a handy cheat sheet for you, loyal reader.

But what if the unspeakable happens? What if San José State spoils Homecoming by pulling the upset as a nearly four-touchdown dog? Well, it would only be the most embarrassing loss by SDSU football this decade, that’s what!

So it’s either Top 25 glory or abject humiliation — the two true outcomes.

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Game Preview: Air Force at Aztecs

The triple option. Rocky Long has this play diagram as a tramp stamp.

What: Football game
Who: Air Force Falcons at San Diego State Aztecs
When: 6 p.m. Friday, otherwise known at traffic o’clock
Where: SDCCU Stadium
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: SDSU -10.5

The Stakes

Right now, Aztecs fans are flashing Blue Steel after a win on the Smurf Turf. We sit in our cubicles and dream of tables being run, UCF being upset and the Aztecs crashing the New Year’s 6 party. A loss to Air Force ruins all that. A win allows us to maintain the delusion for another week. Please let us keep it. It’s a good delusion!

Also, with SDSU currently at 29 in the Associated Press poll and 31 in the Coaches Poll, a win would give the Aztecs an outside chance to sneak into the rankings next week.

But frankly, these are just the subplots. A historic achievement is on the line, friends.

#Win69

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Game Preview: Aztecs at Boise State Broncos

Geese think Boise’s stupid blue turf is a lake, and who can blame them.

What: Football game
Who: San Diego State Aztecs at Boise State Broncos
When:
 12:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Albertsons Stadium
TV: ESPNU
Line: Boise State -14

The Stakes

SDSU’s conference opener against its most prominent rival. A loss to nearly-ranked Boise doesn’t necessarily doom the Aztecs’ conference title hopes but probably does extinguish any chance they have of getting ranked this year.

The Opponent

Boise State, jewel of Southwestern Idaho, the angry horse with a glass eye. Boise has only shared Mountain West space with SDSU since 2011. Prior to that they finished ranked high as 4th while bullying the WAC and winning two Fiesta Bowls. Then-coach Chris Petersen is now at Washington and the current Broncos are but a shadow of their golden age. Still, the program holds a level of national prestige.

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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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