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TTK

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us San Diegans have gotten used to promising starts and the bottom falling out after that lolz. At least spanos the goof is gone so one less team to have to put up with that sort of nonsense now.
The difference is that the old Bolt teams (and still now) were/are always darling Super Bowl picks for some reason and ultimately showed that they were overrated, losing against the better teams. The Aztecs on the other hand seem to beat teams they shouldn't beat and lose to teams they shouldn't lose to.
 
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The difference is that the old Bolt teams (and still now) were/are always darling Super Bowl picks for some reason and ultimately showed that they were overrated, losing against the better teams. The Aztecs on the other hand seem to beat teams they shouldn't beat and lose to teams they shouldn't lose to.
yeah true......weird the Aztecs get pumped up for the favored bigtime conference opponents then overlook underdog teams. That has to be a motivation issue. Rocky Long hopefully has enough returning players that he can remind them of the pain not playing 110% every play of every game against every opponent ultimately causes in the standings and postseason.
 
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Here is a good wiki on The Boll Weevil :

The original is gone. Had 20 restaurants at the height the chain then ended up in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. A few independent franchises remain but see the part about the remaining restaurants are not really of the same quality as the original anymore. Too bad. The original 1/2 lb. Steerburger was a thing of beauty.
 

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Here is a good wiki on The Boll Weevil :

The original is gone. Had 20 restaurants at the height the chain then ended up in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. A few independent franchises remain but see the part about the remaining restaurants are not really of the same quality as the original anymore. Too bad. The original 1/2 lb. Steerburger was a thing of beauty.

The boll weevil in Ramona is the last good one. The hamburgers are legit.

I cried when the Aztecs won yesterday. A truly historic win for a program that has long deserved it.
 
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TTK

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Spanos curse has lifted from SD so the sky’s the limit for all our Sports clubs!
lol

I'm tempering my excitement a little bit because UCLA is not a very good team right now. They won 3 games last year.
 

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lol

I'm tempering my excitement a little bit because UCLA is not a very good team right now. They won 3 games last year.
yeah me too.......wondering if Chip Kelly is in his last gig? What a fall off the cliff compared to when he was at Oregon! Geez. I guess teams caught up to his system or something and it was never viable long term.
 

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College football final is full of suck. SDSU beats UCLA for the first time in the programs history and didn’t even show a highlight or acknowledge it. But we got to see a highlight of someone throwing a shoe.
FU ESPN
 
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5 Things to Watch: Aztecs at New Mexico State

San Diego State looks to avoid a letdown, extend offensive success, while aiming for 3-0 start for third time in four years
San Diego State’s historic win over UCLA last week is something Aztecs fans will celebrate for days, weeks and, perhaps, years to come.
SDSU players were afforded a few hours to enjoy it before shifting their focus to Saturday’s game at New Mexico State.
Is there concern for a letdown?
“There’s always a concern,” SDSU head coach Rocky Long said. “There’s always a huge concern of having a letdown.”
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Long has been coaching 18-to-22-year-olds for nearly five decades, but said he still never knows what to expect until the players take the field.
“They can act right in practice or they can act bad in practice,” Long said. “You never know until the game starts.
“It’s as much mental and emotional as it is anything else. Mental, that they know what their assignment is. Emotional, that they want to play. ...
“If they’re still basking in their glory, getting text messages and tweets, everybody telling them how wonderful they are, and they don’t take this game seriously, then they won’t play well.”
SDSU (2-0) comes into the game a 15 1/2-point favorite against New Mexico State (0-2), which has been outscored 120-17 in losses to a pair of top-25 teams. The Aztecs are aiming for a 3-0 start for the third time in four years.
The Aztecs were favored last time they traveled to Las Cruces, in 2013, and found themselves trailing 16-0 in the first half before rallying for a 26-16 win.
Asked if he will screen that game for the players as a reminder, Long said, “That’s too long ago.”
Six years? It may as well be 100.
“You’re coaching an age group that is in the middle of life,” Long said. “They’re not kids anymore. They think they’re adults. They think they know everything. They’re not old enough and mature enough yet to realize they don’t know much.
“It’s when you get older that you realize you didn’t know half as much as you thought you did when you were 20.”
Here’s five things to watch in the game:
1. Now do it again
The Aztecs offense enjoyed success for the first time in the new spread formation last week at UCLA.
Quarterback Ryan Agnew completed 23 of 31 passes for 293 yards and one touchdown. Agnew connected 13 times with wide receivers, a total surpassed only once in the past five seasons by SDSU quarterbacks. More importantly, Agnew showed the pocket presence to complete passes to the left and right, both screens and developing routes downfield.
Sophomore Kobe Smith (seven catches) and redshirt freshman Jesse Matthews(five catches) had the most receptions among the receivers. Sophomore Elijah Kothe graded out just as high and is another receiver to watch.
Last week’s performance proved the Aztecs have it in them to be successful in the passing game. The question now is whether SDSU’s offense can produce like that for a second straight week. And a third and a fourth and ...
2. Establish the run
Absent the first two weeks this season has been the run game, SDSU’s bread and butter for several seasons.
Long pins improvement on better execution by the offensive line.
The Aztecs averaged more than five yards a carry over the past five seasons. They’ve averaged less than half that — 2.3 ypc (90 carries for 210 yards) — in the wins over Weber State and UCLA.
Complicating matters is that starting running back Juwan Washington has been slowed by an ankle injury since just four touches into the season. Washington was limited to sideline jogging earlier this week in practice and by midweek it was still up in the air whether he would play against the Aggies.
“Sometimes (injuries) linger and you just have to stop them from playing for a week or two to get completely well,” Long said.
SDSU’s hope is that Washington can participate this week and next week (in the Mountain West opener against Utah State) and literally limp into a Week 5 bye.
There is depth at the position with junior Chase Jasmin and sophomores Chance Bell and Jordan Byrd. Sophomore Kaegun Williams also has been slowed by an ankle injury.
3. Air raid, air raid
New Mexico State likes to flood the field with four and five receivers in an uptempo offense.
The Aggies weren’t able to execute it the way they wished while overmatched in losses the first two weeks at No. 23 Washington State (58-7) and No. 2 Alabama (62-10).
Might they have more success against the Aztecs?
“They’ve got speed on the field and they’re going to try to stress us in a way we haven’t seen yet,” said SDSU defensive coordinator Zach Arnett, who added, “like most air raid offenses, you’re getting a lot of vertical routes.”
Obviously, this will test the Aztecs secondary in coverage. Pressure on New Mexico State quarterback Josh Adkins from SDSU’s defensive line — the team’s biggest area of concern coming into the season — could make the difference.
To that end, the Aztecs got a bit of good news Wednesday when sophomore defensive end Keshawn Banks returned to practice after missing two days with a hip pointer.
4. The turnover battle
Long likes to point out that the team making the fewest turnovers usually comes out on top.
New Mexico State is minus-6 in the takeaways/giveaways category. The Aggies have made six turnovers in two games without collecting one for themselves.
SDSU is plus-2 in the category.
Safety Tariq Thompson had an interception against Weber State, although the Aztecs fumbled the ball away on a botched field goal attempt.
SDSU’s defense forced four fumbles against UCLA and the Aztecs recovered two of the loose balls. The turnovers led to a field goal and a touchdown.
5. The game
The broadcast schedule has not made it easy to follow the Aztecs this season. The team’s first five games are on five different platforms — Facebook, Pac-12 Network, FloFootball, CBS Sports Network and an ESPN property to be determined.
It is an issue Mountain West officials and member institutions are grappling with as they negotiate a new broadcast agreement that is expected to be announced by the end of the year.
For the New Mexico State game, the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and can be streamed live on the Fox Sports Go app (if you have a cable or satellite subscription and are in an area that receives FS Arizona). There will also be a stream available for purchase on FloFootball, at a cost of $19.99.
 

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I have only been able to see a couple quarters. How different do we look from the beginnings of last year? Our pattern seems to be to start off strong, get injured, sputter, completely fall apart, and then make a surprise turnaround.
 
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So is anyone attending this game on Saturday? I may just bring my grill and hang out in C-2 or C-3 area at the back of the lot.
 

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5 Things to Watch: Utah State at Aztecs


San Diego State’s film study for Saturday night’s Mountain West opener against Utah State was different than for most opponents.
That’s because the Aggies (1-1) have a new coaching staff this season. Gary Andersen has returned to the program for his second stint as head coach after previously guiding Utah State from 2009-12.
“They have different personnel, too,” SDSU head coach Rocky Long said. “All you’re going to get from that film is scheme. Well, the scheme you want is the scheme they’re showing now. And there are some similarities.”
Long said the film they watched from last season was Utah State against Wyoming and other opponents who have a defensive philosophy closer to that of the Aztecs (3-0).
“They’re still in the spread,” Long said. “They’re still running a lot of the same route concepts. They’re still running the same running plays.
“But you get caught sometimes watching last year’s film and it’s the same offense, but the way they call plays is completely different.
“So you confuse yourself, if you watch the guy calling plays last year and mix it up with the guy calling plays this year. You confuse yourself on when you call certain defenses.”
Watching film of Utah State’s two games this season — a 38-35 loss at Wake Forest and a 62-7 home win against Stony Brook — isn’t as illuminating as it might have been. That’s because Wake Forest plays a much different defense than SDSU and Stony Brook was overmatched from the outset.
“You watch the first half because the first half is all the starters,” Long said.
Long and his staff faced a similar situation in a Week 3 game last season against Arizona State, which had hired new head coach Herm Edwards before the season. The Aztecs managed a 28-21 home victory.
Despite film limitations, it’s safe to say Long and his staff came up with a few ideas this week for what they want to do against the Aggies.
Here’s five things to watch in the game:
1. Looking for Love
SDSU has had success in recent seasons against highly regarded opposing quarterbacks.
The Aztecs have gotten the best of Boise State’s Brett Rypien, Arizona State’s Manny Wilkins, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Houston’s Greg Ward Jr., among others, over the past three years.
Now comes perhaps their biggest challenge against Utah State junior quarterback Jordan Love, a potential first-round draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, who is in charge of an offense averaging 48.5 points and 656.5 yards a game.
“He’s a big, strong guy who can do things with his feet, but usually he doesn’t have to,” Long said. “He’s got great accuracy. He looks like he throws effortlessly. He just kind of flicks the ball and he completes it 50 yards downfield.
“He’s a very talented young man who had a very good year last year and has started off playing really well so far this year.”
Love, who set Utah State records last season for passing yardage (3,567) and touchdowns (32), has completed 70.7 percent of his passes this season for 710 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions.
He excels in Utah State’s spread offense, getting the ball away quickly and accurately to a variety of receivers.
“There’s only one chance you have, and that’s putting pressure on the quarterback,” said Long, adding, “If you can get pressure with a four-man rush, you can play decent defense.”
2. Renewed focus in secondary
SDSU’s defense ranks among the national leaders against the rush (third, 42.3 ypg), in scoring (fourth, 8.0 ppg) and touchdowns allowed (fifth, with 3 TDs).
All three of those TDs have come passing, however.
Especially disturbing last week was the passing success New Mexico State had in the second half of its 31-10 loss to SDSU. After throwing for just 60 yards in the first half, New Mexico State quarterback Josh Adkins passed for 239 yards in the second half.
It included three pass plays of more than 30 yards and four others of more than 10 yards.
“There were definitely some breakdowns in coverage and how we handled stuff,” SDSU defensive coordinator Zach Arnett said. “The biggest breakdown was lack of intensity.”
That was addressed this week in practice. It remains to be seen if renewed intensity makes a difference against Love and Co.
3. Playing keepaway ... and takeaway
In Utah State’s lone conference loss last season — 33-24 at Boise State — the Aggies had the ball only about one-third of the time.
Boise State had a 38:24 to 21:36 advantage in time of possession. The Broncos also had two takeaways without turning the ball over themselves.
Likewise, in Utah State’s loss at Wake Forest, the Demon Deacons had a 36:13 to 23:47 advantage in time of possession. Wake also picked off three passes — two of them in the red zone.
Keep the ball away and take the ball away.
It’s a good recipe for success.
4. No rush to judgment
Senior running back Juwan Washington continues to be bothered by an ankle injury suffered three weeks ago that prevents him from practicing.
“If he’s going to play Saturday, it would be very limited,” Long said. “We wouldn’t play him unless he’s 100 percent.”
If Washington isn’t completely healthy, SDSU is better served with its backups.
Expect most of the load again to be in the hands of sophomore running backs Jordan Byrd and Chance Bell, who both rushed for more than 100 yards last week against New Mexico State.
Additional depth will come from junior running back Chase Jasmin and sophomore running back Kaegun Williams, who are both full go after being bothered with ankle injuries.
5. If you bribe them, will they come?
Student attendance is down across the nation at college football games.
There was an especially large dip last season for SDSU. Students came out in force for the first three games (averaging 9,500), but numbers were way down (averaging just 3,500) over the last four games.
Student engagement was a point of emphasis in the offseason and there was another strong turnout in the season opener against Weber State, with several end zone sections filled with students.
Students, who get a free ticket to the game, will be induced to attend Saturday’s game with a tailgate (Lot J3) that includes free pizza, T-shirts and a DJ. But that’s not all. Free beach bags go to the first 2,000 students through the gates who come to Plaza Level, Section 44.
The big question: With a late kickoff, how long will they stick around?
 

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Agnew is one lousy quarterback. Slow reactions, wrong reactions. Is he the best QB on the team?
If so, season is over.
 
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