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Expectations are high for San Diego State Aztecs football this season, and for good reason. With a strong returning cast plus the addition of one of the school’s best recruiting classes ever, this could be a special season for the team. The team will have a great opportunity to make a name for themselves in 2013, as they travel to Columbus, Ohio in Week 2 to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Outside of San Diego State players, coaches and fans, the collective college football, fantasy football and world looks at this game as nothing more than a tune up for one of college football’s elite programs.
Although there is no real rivalry between these two schools that are so far away from each other, former Aztecs’ head coach Brady Hoke does in fact coach Ohio State’s arch nemesis, Michigan. This team still has a Hoke influence, and the Buckeyes could very well play that card to add to the motivation.
With Buffalo traveling to Columbus, and Eastern Illinois traveling to San Diego, it will be a complete shocker if either team comes into the game with a loss. It will be important for San Diego State to get Adam Muema rest as well, because he will have to play huge against the Buckeyes for the team to have a chance.
In 2012, the Buckeyes were not sharp with their tackling, allowing teams to put up some pretty solid offensive numbers. Muema could exploit any tackling issues and go off for a big game, much like he did with his pair of 200-yard efforts last seasons.
Speaking of running backs, the Buckeyes as of right now are without their starter in Carlos Hyde. He was suspended indefinitely for being involved in a bar incident, but there is a chance he makes a return. It he does not return, the team might not have the balance they were hoping for with Braxton Miller and Hyde.
A win against Ohio State would instantly put San Diego State exactly where they want to be: in the BCS discussion. Players have mentioned that possibility quite a bit to the media, and they have to know this is the quickest way to get national attention. The Mountain West Conference schedule is obviously just as important, but no game will give them more recognition than a win in Columbus.