Game Preview: Aztecs vs. UNLV

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What: UNLV Rebels @ San Diego State Aztecs
When: Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 PM
TV: ESPNU
Line: Aztecs -16

Mountain West, we’re comin’ for ya
It’s SDSU Family Weekend at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs are coming off their first loss of the season, a heartbreaker against South Alabama that crushed any hopes of an undefeated season and New Year’s Six appearance. But this week they’ve got a great opportunity to rebound and get back on track as they open up conference play against one of their biggest rivals.

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Why can’t we have nice things?

If you read this blog regularly, you know I’m a positive fella who likes finding the good in everything. So before we dig into SDSU’s 42-24 loss at South Alabama – a nobody Sun Belt team that is now officially our daddy – let’s look for silver linings! Hey, I just thought of a few:

  • It only gets easier from here as there are no invincible Sun Belt titans left on the schedule.
  • We can officially stop giving a crap about how Cal or Houston or Western Michigan do.
  • SDSU probably wasn’t going to a New Year’s Six bowl no matter what.
  • I like listening to The Smiths in the dark, and I’m now inspired to do so.
  • That No. 19 ranking made us look like conceited braggarts.
  • Last time the Aztecs were ranked, it lasted only one week before they lost to a garbage team. Thanks to a bye, this year’s ranking lasted three calendar weeks!
  • The Big 12 wasn’t watching anyway.
  • You’ll have plenty of space to toss around the old pigskin in the Qualcomm parking lot on Saturday. Lotsa elbow room, yessir.
  • Grim death stalks us all, and looms closer than you think.

SEE! It really wasn’t so bad! Oh god no

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Game Preview: Aztecs at South Alabama

What: San Diego State Aztecs at South Alabama Jaguars
When: Saturday, October 1 at 5 p.m.
TV: ESPNNEWS
Line: Aztecs -17.5

SDSU vs. USA
We knew the time was coming, a battle of secession that will see San Diego State leave the union, skip right over statehood (go to hell, “San Diego’s not even a state”-rs) and become a sovereign nation with its own Keg ‘N Bottle. It’s the Aztecs of San Diego State vs. the ‘Mericans of – oh, that’s University of South Alabama? I, uh…ignore the secessionist talk, Alabamans! I was kidding the whole time!

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The six fans you are sure to meet on the Aztecs bandwagon

As I mentioned in my last entry, San Diego State athletics’ incredible climb to prominence over the past eight-ish years has given rise to an insufferable eclectic group of entitled passionate jackasses fans. But not all SDSU supporters fit the same mold.

Here are the six types of Aztecs to watch out for:

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Searching in vain for a quality win on the 2016 schedule

It’s now 10 days since the last SDSU football game, meaning we’ve gone from basking in our shiny new ranking to panicking about things that are completely our of our control. Say, on that note, did you notice what’s happened to our strength of schedule recently?

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Yeah, pretty much that.

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Bye week Mountain West Roundup

Our lollipop guild of an athletic conference played more football games this week while the Aztecs chilled with a bye. How’d those knuckleheads do? Idle hands are the devil’s tools and the Mountain West is a dusty lobby in purgatory, so gosh darn it let’s take a fleeting glance at a some sporting results.

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Opening a time capsule of rage from one year ago

What were you doing one year ago this week? I was not blogging about the Aztecs football, I can tell you that much. In fact, I was trying my best to not think about the Aztecs at all.

You probably know why.

In case you’ve purged it from your memory as a defense mechanism, on September 19, 2015, this happened. Here are some game highlights to remind you of how our overtime loss to South Alabama went down:

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Sweet home, DeKalb-o

I try to make it out to at least one football away game per year. Why? Let me tell you, there is nothing more fulfilling than flying thousands of miles to watch your team get beaten into oblivion or your coach pretend we have no kickers on the roster or just appreciate the exciting local artisanal meth scene while your team blows a double-digit lead.

As I said in my introduction, I have a storied history of watching SDSU football games on the road, entering this season with a 2-8 record that boasts huge wins in such iconic venues as Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas (against one of UNLV’s worst teams, and that is really saying something) and Spartan Stadium in San Jose (which, in fairness, happened to be a pretty damn awesome comeback win).

But with the chance to check out Chicago and see a game at Wrigley Field for the first time – coupled with my my undying love for sweet, sweet #MACtion – this trip for the Northern Illinois game was a no-brainer for my four buddies and me.

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