SDSU Football: SDSU vs. #3 Ohio State (Game Preview)

Photo Credit: CEO David Frerker photo taken at the San Diego State vs. Air Force game.

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Welcome to the 2013 fall semester at San Diego State University and the second Aztec football game of the season. Now that we have played the first game of the season we reverting back to our statistical game previews. The San Diego State Aztecs will take on one of the best teams in the country in Ohio State in front of over 100,000 screaming fans. The Aztecs are receiving a payout of 1.3 million dollars to play in Columbus and most likely get destroyed.

This veteran Ohio State offensive is going to have their way with the young Aztec secondary and it will be up to the Mountain West Conference’s best line backing core to calm down the young players. They are going to get beat on a few plays and need to accept that. The high-octane offensive of the Aztec is going to need to score every time they get the ball. That is the best way to take pressure off the Aztec defense. The Aztecs cannot afford to throw four interceptions like they did last week. The Aztec line needs to protect the quarterback unlike last week as they gave up four sacks.

The one question that I cannot answer now is at quarterback. Does Rocky long have trust in his starting quarterback Adam Dingwell or will give the backup Quinn Kaehler a shot. Dingwell has been struggling against teams with a speedy pass rush. Dingwell is just 39-93 for 462 yards, has thrown seven interceptions and has lost three fumbles in his last two games ELU and BYU. The Aztces are a team who have proven they cannot win games if they lose the turn over battle.

The best way to defeat the Aztecs is to pressure Adam Dingwell. We gave you Dingwell’s stats when being pressured and you can guarantee that Ohio State is looking to exploit that weakness. This is a quote from the Ohio State press conference.

“To me it seems like he gets rattled pretty quick..Gonna try to put pressure on him.”  OSU LB Ryan Shazier

Photo Credit: CEO David Frerker San Diego State vs. Army
Photo Credit: CEO David Frerker San Diego State vs. Army

Interview with Ohio State Blog Men of the Scarlet and Gray (Link)

***We have partnered up with a website called Men of the Scarlet and Gray. This is a blog dedicated to covering Ohio State Football.*** This is the interview that I did for Men of the Scarlet and Gray (Link)

SDSDomintation: What is the strength of Ohio State’s offense?

Men of the Scarlet and Gray: Right now I will have to say the running game even with Carlos Hyde out for two more games.  Jordan Hall ran very well last week versus Buffalo and Braxton Miller is showing he has better patience in the pocket and looking for his receivers more he has the ability to tuck it and run and pick up a lot of yardage also Rod Smith will be back from his suspension. The offensive line for Ohio State opens up some big holes for the tailbacks and their speed takes advantage of it.

SDSDomintation: How good are the Ohio State receivers (Chris Fields , Evan Spencer, Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett)? San Diego State fans are very worried that the Aztec defensive backs will not be able to slow down these receivers.

Men of the Scarlet and Gray: Well first off you left off 2 very important receivers for the Buckeye Devon Smith and Corey “Philly” Brown. Devon had 3 receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown while Philly Brown only had 2 receptions for 25 yards he has had big catches for Ohio State last season. You combine Fields and Spencer and the Buckeyes feel their receiving core is better than last season.

Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett are both tight ends that fans wish were used more and Urban says he plans on using them more this season but only Heuerman had 2 receptions for 12 yards. If the Buckeyes are in the red zone I would look for these two to see more attention especially since they are both tall (6’6”) and athletic targets for Braxton.

SDSDomination: What is the strength of the Ohio State defense?

Men of the Scarlet and Gray: I would have to say the secondary. The numbers might not support it after the Buffalo game but Bradly Roby (suspension) and C.J. Barnett (ankle) will hopefully be back and they are two key players back there with their talent and experience. The Buckeyes have a chance and us fans are hoping that they become one of the best secondaries in the nation this season.

Video Credit David Gascon with Campus Insiders.


Team Total Offensive Pass OFF Rush OFF Pass Def Run Def
SDSU 53rd 28th 80th  65th 67th
OSU 47th 74th 26th  76th 15th

The Aztec defense is lockdown on the running game and needs major work with covering passes..The Aztecs offensive will be unstoppable with the double tangent  of Adam Muema and Donnel Pumphrey. The two backs are averaging 3.5 yards per carry on the season (Muema only played one half against ELU due to injury). The Aztec passing attack is led by Adam Dingwell. Up to date we have not seen any receivers or tight-ends who stand out to us. The Aztec receiving core had a ton of dropped passed in their last game.

San Diego State Overall (0-1) Conf (0-0)

The Aztec defensive had a horrible start to the season against ELU. The young Aztec defensive backs had major problems covering receivers in the game forcing the Aztecs to drop more athletes into pass protection. This brought more pressure on the Aztecs up men as ELU started running slants, five yard outs and rushing plays. This was the down fall of the mediocre Aztec defense and the best way to exploit the Aztecs weaknesses. The Aztec secondary is going to have major problems covering the fast and athletic Ohio State receivers.

Loss: vs. Eastern Illinois = 19 – 40

at. Ohio State

vs. Oregon State

at. New Mexico State

vs. Nevada

at. Air Force

vs. Fresno State

vs. New Mexico

at. San Jose State

at. Hawaii

vs. Boise State

at. UNLV

Injury Report: For San Diego State (Link For The Report):

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/05/13 LB Calvin Munson Head expected to miss Saturday vs. Ohio State
09/04/13 RB Adam Muema Ankle probable Saturday vs. Ohio State
09/04/13 LB Derek Largent Knee expected to miss 2-4 weeks
08/23/13 LB Scott Graves Bicep out for season

#3 Ohio State Overall (1-0) Conf (0-0)

Ohio State struggled for the first half of the game against Buffalo. Buffalo was able to complete passes for about 5-7 yards and had an effective run game. Ohio State’s defensive picked up during the second half of the game and stopped Buffalo in almost every aspect of the game. Ohio State’s vulnerability on defensive side of the ball is the run game. San Diego State must get the run game going to beat Ohio State. Ohio State will have their way with the young San Diego State defensive backs. The only way for San Diego State to stay in the this game is to answer touchdown with touchdown.

Win: vs Buffalo = 40 – 20

vs San Diego State

at. California

vs. Florida A&M

vs. Wisconsin

at. Northwestern

vs Iowa

vs Penn State

at Purdue

at Illionis

vs Indiana

at Michigan

Injury Report: For Ohio State (Link For The Report):

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/02/13 OL Corey Linsley Foot out indefinitely
09/02/13 RB Rod Smith Suspension Served is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. San Diego State
09/01/13 DB Bradley Roby Suspension Served probable Saturday vs. San Diego State
09/01/13 DB C.J. Barnett Ankle missed last game, probable Saturday vs. San Diego State
08/29/13 DL Tommy Schutt Foot out indefinitely
08/17/13 TE Blake Thomas Neck out for season
08/16/13 DB Adam Griffin Shoulder out for season
08/16/13 DB Jamie Wood Shoulder out for season
08/15/13 DB Najee Murray Suspension has been dismissed
08/13/13 RB Carlos Hyde Suspension expected to miss 3 games

Total Offensive Stats

Team Total Passing Total Rushing Total Offensive
SDSU 318 Yards 122 Yards 440 Yards
OSU 199 Yards 261 Yards 460 Yards

Total Offensive Plays

Team Total Offense   Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game
SDSU 440   99 4.4 440
OSU 460 68 6.8 460

Rushing Stats

Team Yards Attempts YPC YPG TD
SDSU 122 35 3.5 122 1
OSU 199 45 5.8 199 2

Passing Stats

Team Yards Comp/Att/Int Avg Per Catch APG TD
SDSU 318 27-64-4 11.8 318 0
OSU 199 16-23-1 8.7 199 3


Team Penalties Yards Avg Per Game
SDSU 7-65 65 yards
OSU 9-94 94 yards


Game information: Kickoff 3:30 p.m. ET  Columbus, Ohio

Spread: Ohio State -27.5

Radio:  The Mighty 1090

TV: This game will be nationally televised on ABC

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About DavidSDSU (1275 Articles)
I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. I am also the Founder and CEO of San Diego Sports Domination. I am an award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 10 years. I have written many guest articles and have appeared in many podcasts. I am also the team photographer for the San Diego Silverbacks, San Diego Surf (WPSL) and San Diego Strike Force. At my day job, I am a Live Coverage and Studio Coordinator at STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry. We work with the biggest sports & entertainment companies in the world.

2 Comments on SDSU Football: SDSU vs. #3 Ohio State (Game Preview)

  1. HI D, I am reading that Corey Linsley is playing on Sat. OSU is actually upset that they only beat Buff by 20 and only scored 40 pts. They worked out on Labor Day morning. We have to play well. Go Aztecs!

  2. Thank you for the heads up! I am working on a question and answer right now with the Ohio State blog. I really think you and the readers will love this blog. Yes they won by 20 points and still dropped in the polls. Most of the Ohio State fans are really mad about that.

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