Our beloved San Diego State football Aztecs had been living something of a charmed existence during their 6-game winning streak, may it rest in peace. Well, except for the injuries to key starters, but you know what I mean. Along the way, they won games thanks to a targeting foul they committed, a long-ass John Baron field goal, a mad Ryan Agnew scramble after a lightning delay and yet another long-ass Baron field goal.
After doing just enough to win and not a thing more for nearly two months straight, the Aztecs just felt due to cock one up.
San Diego State will not three-peat as Mountain West Conference Champions. That was solidified earlier Saturday afternoon when Fresno State edged past a Josh Allen-less Wyoming to win the West Division. Thanks for nothing, Josh Allen. What did we ever do to you?
Elsewhere Saturday, an unexpected win by Kansas State may have muddied SDSU’s path to a Cactus Bowl bid, and thus its larger hopes of playing a name opponent at a non-garbage destination. It was a disheartening day.
I really want nothing more than to go to bed and sleep for about 17 hours, so I’ll do my best to keep this brief. The San Diego State football team carried a No. 19 ranking, Heisman hype and a Fiesta Bowl resume into Saturday night’s conference showdown with the objectively evil Boise State Broncos.
San Diego State’s two marquee sports programs were both on the floor at Viejas Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Aztecs football team, fresh off a gut-check victory in the Mountain West title game, was there to take a victory lap and soak up deserved applause at halftime. The Aztecs men’s basketball team, fresh off road losses to Loyola Chicago and Grand Canyon, was there to get run by a trash Pac-12 team amid a chorus of boos.
At this point, I can think of only one thing the two squads have in common: Both teams will play their next meaningful game in Las Vegas.
Well, that certainly wasn’t an ominous start to a stressful day of San Diego State athletics, no-siree. Hang on for a quick sec …
Ah, that’s better.
I would be more apoplectic about the Aztecs men’s basketball team’s 65-59 loss to Loyola Chicago today if I didn’t see it coming like a CTA bus belching black smoke up Michigan Avenue. This game had trap written all over it, with an early start time and a speedy, guard oriented – and pretty good – opponent. This was going to be a hard fought win at best and a resume-slaughtering albatross of a loss at worst.