San Diego State will travel to the valley to rekindle the rivalry. The rivalry was brought back to life last season between San Diego State and Fresno State. Fresno State is sure to be the favored team coming into this game next weekend. They have a crazy good passing attack. When the odds are released we will put them up.
A little bit of history of the rivalry. The Aztec-Bulldog series dates back to 1923. San Diego State was the only school in the city and Fresno State was the only school from the valley. They used to have to carry oil cans with them to be able to make the trip to San Diego. This is the reason why the rivalry game is for the battle of the Oil Can. San Diego State won the initial meeting 12-2 at home. The last time San Diego State visited the valley in 2002 they lost to Fresno State 16 – 14. San Diego State leads the all-time series at 27-20-4.
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Looking back in the past weeks SDSU played a Washington team who likes to play the spread followed by Army who likes to play the triple option. The Aztec defense is lockdown on the running game and does need work with passing. The Aztecs offensive is unstoppable with the double tangent of Walter Kazee and Adam Muema. The two backs are averaging over five yards per carry on the season. Behind a great passing attack lead by Oregon State transfer Ryan Katz and should be All-American tight end Gavin Escobar.
San Diego State (2-2) Tied With Fresno State For 3rd In MWC
San Diego State beat a bad team in Army and a good FCS team in North Dakota. The Aztecs lost to two very good teams in Washington and San Jose State. The San Diego State running game is going to keep the Fresno State defense on their feet. The San Diego State defense is going to have to play their best game of the season to pull out a W in Fresno.
Loss at Washington = 21 – 12
Win vs. Army = 45 – 7
Win vs. North Dakota = 49 – 41
North Dakota (2-1)
Loss vs. San Jose State = 34 – 38
San Jose State (3-1)
Fresno State (2-2) Tied With San Diego State For 3rd In MWC
Now lets break down the Fresno State Schedule up to this point in the season. They beat two really bad teams in Weber State and Colorado. They lost to one of the best teams in the nation in Oregon and lost a very close game to Tulsa. This Fresno State team has a high octane offensive that is going to give San Diego State trouble.
Win vs. Weber State = 37 – 10
Loss at. Oregon = 42 – 25
Win vs. Colorado = 69 – 14
Loss at. Tulsa = 27 – 26
The last time San Diego State and Fresno State met was last season. San Diego State came away with the victory 35 – 28. The Aztec team last season finished 8 – 5 will a loss in the New Orleans Bowl. The major offensive statistical difference was in run game. San Diego State had 215 yards compared to Fresno States 48 yards rushing. The Minor offensive statistical difference was in the pass game. The Aztecs gave up 336 yards in the air to Fresno State. This will be a major issue for the San Diego State defense as every team they have played up to this point in the season has been able to throw all over them. Expect Fresno State to come out throwing.
SDSU & Fresno Statical Breakdown
|Team||Total Offensive||Pass YPG||Rush YPG||Pass Def||Run Def|
|Team||Total Passing||Total Rushing||Total Offensive|
|SDSU||797 Yards||987 Yards||1,784 Yards|
|Opponent||1,140 Yards||769 Yards||1,909 Yards|
Plays Per Game
|Team||Total Offense||Total Plays||Average Per Play||Average Per Game|
|Team||Yards||Comp/Att/Int||Avg Per Catch||APG||TD|
|Team||Penalties Yards||Avg Per Game|
Score By Quarter
|Score by Quarters||1||2||3||4||Total|
Game Day information
Date: Saturday September 29th, 2012
Location: Bulldog Stadium
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
TV – KUSI
Radio – KOGO 95.7 FM and AM 600