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.
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.
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.
What: Stanford Cardinal vs. San Diego State Aztecs When: Saturday, September 16, 7:30 p.m. TV: CBS Sports Network Line: Stanford -9.5
Stansbury, the Harvard of the west! North, south, east, or west, there is only one HAAAAAAAR-VARD. All Jessie Spano wanted to do was go to Stansbury, and she totally pooched the SAT. Zack then hired bad actor James, a waiter at The Max, to play a representative from Harvard. The man is meant to stand out as a bad actor on Saved By The Bell, so you know how that goes. And Stansbury totally bought it! Also, they offered Slater a car to go there! That’s a rules violation! Tells you what kind of school we’re dealing with here!
A good one with a good football team standing in the way of San Diego State becoming the latest Group Of Five darling.