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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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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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