Attendance Truth: Northern Illinois eye gouge edition

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The litness aftermath of Tariq Thompson’s pick six.

With the Chargers gone and Mission Valley up for grabs, it seems everybody is suddenly *keenly* interested in San Diego State’s football attendance. Trouble is, that number has always been kind of tough to pin down. The official count is a tickets-distributed figure, and that often doesn’t jibe with the butts in seats. THE HATERZ on the other hand have it on good authority that literally zero people have ever attended an Aztecs football game. We’re here to find the truth, people.

Game
September 30, 2017: SDSU vs. Northern Illinois University. The Eye Gouge Game. Read the recap.

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What would constitute a good crowd for Saturday’s game?

Photo credit: Wife.

Through two home games this season, the San Diego State football team is averaging more than 44,000 fans per game (you SDSU attendance deniers can view the sexy butts-in-seats evidence here and here). That’s really good — the type of average attendance that would not be out of place among Power Five conference schools in areas that have professional teams, culture and indoor plumbing.

Of course, those two games were also the hottest tickets on the SDSU schedule: The annual KGB SkyShow and Stanford, the best Power Five school to play at SDSU in more than a decade. As the Aztecs now sit undefeated at No. 19 in the nation, but with a less than glamorous opponent coming in, this weekend will provide a truer test of what kind of college football town San Diego can really be.

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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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Pumphrey keeps Aztecs from melting into puddle of lukewarm custard in DeKalb

You can fall asleep with a 28-point lead and let a beaten opponent start to believe.

You can rack up all the dumbass penalties in the world, from popping guys five yards out of bounds to pulling facemasks on key stops to killing drives with offensive PIs.

You can make a Mid-American Conference backup quarterback look like an All-American starter by giving up big plays and key conversions through the air.

You can do all these things and still win on the road – so long as you have D.J. Pumphrey on your football squadron. Hell, you can even cover the spread.

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Game preview: Aztecs at Northern Illinois

What: San Diego State Aztecs at Northern Illinois Huskies
When: Saturday, September 17 at 12:30 PM
TV: CBS Sports Network
Line: Aztecs -10.5

Ah, Huskies, we meet again.
The Aztecs are hitting the road for the first time this season, traveling to DeKalb, Illinois to face the Northern Illinois Huskies. The Aztecs and Huskies have four prior meetings under their belts, but none more recent than 1971. That was a 30-10 win by the Aztecs, who are undefeated in the series and look to stay that way.

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Kindly eat shit, (Opponent)

Aztecs football season starts this week, and it’s time to start working ourselves up! It’s easier when you hate your opponent, right? We here at Kabeer Thirty love nothing more than to give a quick (figurative) kick to the junk followed by a tearful sprint in the opposite direction, but there’s a lot of hatred in this world. How about we try a different approach this season? Let’s systematically kill them with kindness!

A benevolent breakdown of SDSU’s 2016 foes:

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