SDSU Aztecs 2016 Football Preview

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Credit: USA Today Sports
Credit: USA Today Sports

There hasn’t been much anticipation for SDSU Aztecs football in San Diego for some quite some time. The football team from San Diego State has had average year after average year  with little to no support for seemingly forever.

That all appears to be changing as the team is poised to have one of the best seasons in recent memory. The team is currently ranked just outside the top-25 in the nation and could have easily been included on the prestigious list.

Their absence from the list will only motivate this group as they look for another conference Championship. Coach Rocky Long will surely have this group ready to play as the team returns 14 starters from last years squad. That is fantastic, as this group will have a nice cohesiveness about them and with that the team should compete on the football field each and every week.

The team has not been ranked in the top-25 since November 7 1995. Since becoming a Division-1 school the Aztec football program has only spent 14 weeks in the top-25. That could all change this season as the Aztecs will likely be favored to win every game on their schedule this year. A home matchup against Cal on September 10 will be their toughest test of the year and might be the only game in which the team will be an underdog going in.

Clearly times have changed in regards to SDSU football. There are even whispers of the Aztecs eventually joining the Pac-12. Something that seemed crazy not too long ago. The Pac-12 announced last month that they do plan on expanding and SDSU is on the short list of possible schools. It remains to be seen if it is possible, but the growth of the school’s sports programs is phenomenal and nothing seems out of the question at the moment.

The SDSU Aztecs Football team won the MWC conference in 2015 with a record of 11-3. The team started last year by only winning one out of their first four games. It was gut-check time for the team and they responded by winning 10 games in a row to close out the season. Including a win over Air Force in the Conference Championships and a victory over Cincinnati in the Hawaii Bowl. There present schedule is not tough by any means but they cannot afford to be complacent.

San Diego State Aztecs Schedule – 2016

Looking at this schedule you will see that the Aztecs have a great chance to be very successful this year. All of the teams on their schedule are beatable, but with that there is a certain amount of pressure. These division games will still be tough and one slip up on their schedule will result in their stock plummeting. The Aztecs must take each and every opponent one game and a time and not over look anyone. The team now has a bullseye on their back and some of these weaker division teams would like nothing better than to knock off the Aztecs.

Let’s take an brief look at the SDSU Aztecs on both sides of the ball. Starting with the offense which is led by potential All-American D.J. Pumphrey.


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