Welcome to the 2013 fall semester at San Diego State University and the third Aztec football game of the season. The San Diego State Aztecs will take on the best passing team in the nation so far this season in Oregon State this Saturday at Qualcomm. We would like to welcome all of the families from all over the country who are returning to San Diego for SDSU’s Family weekend. The first 30,000 fans in attendance at this game will receive a free Blackout T-Shirt and special performances from the Aztecs band as the game also serves as band night.
This veteran Oregon 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. The Aztec line backing core is still missing one of the key components Derek Largent who is hurt and will not play in this game. The young secondary is going to get beat on a few plays and need to accept that. This is the same advice we gave for the Aztecs last opponent Ohio State. So far this season Oregon State is the best passing team in the nation avgering over 500 yards per game.
The high-octane offensive of the Aztecs will need to score on just about every position in order to keep up with Oregon State. That is the best way to take pressure off the Aztec defense. It is imperative if the Aztecs want to win this game the offensive line must set up and protect the quarterback. Rocky Long named backup quarterback Quinn Kaehler as the starting quarterback. Kaehler completed 22 of his 36 passes for 216 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his Aztec debut.
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SDSDomination: What is the strength of the Oregon State Offense?
OS Beaver: There are quite a few strengths to the 2013 vintage of the Oregon St. offense. First and foremost are captains QB Sean Mannion and WR Brandin Cooks. Both are playing like Level 5 studs right now. Cooks is literally the highest rated receiver in the nation in term of the primary statistical categories. He is #1 in the nation in total receptions and receiving TDs. He is #2 in the country in total receiving yards and #4 in receptions per game. Sean Mannion just won the Manning Award for the nation’s best QB of last week. His stats for total yards and TDs are at the very top in national categories as well. The O-Line with Andrew Seumalo returning last week is a pretty solid unit who San Diego will have to work to out-man and get the pressure it takes to rattle Mannion. With RB Storm Woods out due to a concussion sustained late against Utah, Terron Ward will be expected to pick up the slack for a running game that has struggled. Jovan Stevenson may get his first significant carries in more than 2 years as backup and freshman RB Chris “Downtown” Brown is also expected to see action. The tight ends and X-receiver Richard Mullaney are also very good for OSU so the Aztecs should have their hands full in Qualcomm as Riley returns to a place where he too often did not have his best performances.
SDSDomination: What is the strength of the Oregon State Defense?
OS Beaver: Not defensive coordinator Mark Banker. He has received a ton of criticism so far this year an dprimarily die to the embarassing loss OSU suffered in Week 1 against Eastern Washington.and QB Vernon Adams who ran wild against the Beaver D. The word on the street is that Banker knows little about stopping a mobile QB. Adams was not even stopped for a single drive during the entire game and OSU’s lone stop of a drive against EWU came while he was getting an IV shot in the basement of nearby Gill Coliseum. Travis Wilson of Utah also ran for 149 yards. I don’t believe SDSU presents too much of a mobile QB threat and that is good news of OSU doing enough on offense to make up for some defensive shortcoming that Beaver Nation is still anticipating. Freshmen DBs Steven Nelson and Sean martin combined for 3 picks last week and winning the turnover battle was key to the OSU victory in OT 51-48 over the Utes. Scott Crichton is a pretty good defensive end but Dylan Wynn is a bit overrrated. He lacks the speed to contain a mobile threat and sometimes chooses poor angles of attack. OSU has a habit of overpursuing a QB at times. Ryan Murphy is a quality safety and OSU will look for a big game from him, senior CB Rashaad Reynolds and LB Jabral Johnson who leads the team in tackles.
SDSDomination: What is the key to victory for Oregon State?
OS Beaver:The key to winning for Oregon State is to keep their composure and let their leaders shine. As long as the defense can limit big plays, the OSU offense is likely to have too much firepower for the Aztecs to keep pace. If our CBs can get a pick or two in this game then I especially think this is a ‘W’ for OSU. Mark Banker’s defense works best against traditional pocket passers who aren’t too quick. Even though SDSU is going with a different QB this week I don’t expect him to torch the Beaver defense. Cooks and Mannion are going to have their numbers and Aztec fans will see that players like WR Richard Mullaney and TE Connor Hamlett are pretty reliable targets in the passing attack. The best chance for SDSU is to get a couple picks off Mannion. That won’t be easy as he is making much better decisions and so far has learned from some mistakes of a year ago. I don’t expect more than 100 yards on the ground for OSU but we won’t need more either. Play manageable defense and let the Cookie Monster (Cooks) and the rest of the offense lead the team to what I expect should be a 13 or 14 point margin of victory for the Beavers unless Riley really does have ghosts left in San Diego.
NCAA SEASON LEADERS FBS
|Team||Total Offensive||Pass OFF||Rush OFF||Pass Def||Run Def|
San Diego State Overall (0-2) Conf (0-0)
The Aztec defensive had a horrible start to the season against ELU and Ohio State. The young Aztec defensive backs had major problems covering receivers in the game forcing the Aztecs to drop more athletes into pass protection. The Aztec secondary is going to have major problems covering the fast and athletic Oregon State receivers.
Loss: vs. Eastern Illinois = 19 – 40
Loss: at. Ohio State = 7 – 42
vs. Oregon State
at. New Mexico State
at. Air Force
vs. Fresno State
vs. New Mexico
at. San Jose State
vs. Boise State
Injury Report: For San Diego State (Link For The Report):
|09/15/13||QB||Adam Dingwell||Back||is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. Oregon State|
|09/15/13||RB||Adam Muema||Ankle||probable Saturday vs. Oregon State|
|09/15/13||LB||Calvin Munson||Head||“?” Saturday vs. Oregon State|
|09/04/13||LB||Derek Largent||Knee||expected to miss 2-4 weeks|
|08/23/13||LB||Scott Graves||Bicep||out for season|
Oregon State (2-1) Conf (0-0)
Oregon State’s vulnerability comes on the defensive side of the ball. Many Oregon State fan’s are scarred at the way the Oregon State defensive unit has played so far this season. San Diego State must get the run game going to beat Oregon State. The only way for San Diego State to stay in the this game is to answer touchdown with touchdown.
Loss: vs. Eastern Washington = 49-46
Win: vs. Hawaii = 14 – 33
Win: at. Utah = 51 – 48
at. San Diego State
at. Washington State
at. Arizona State
Injury Report: For Oregon State (Link For The Report):
|09/15/13||OT||Gavin Andrews||Mononucleosis||“?” Saturday vs. San Diego State|
|09/15/13||OL||Grant Enger||Knee||“?” Saturday vs. San Diego State|
|09/15/13||OL||Justin Addie||Concussion||“?” Saturday vs. San Diego State|
|09/15/13||RB||Storm Woods||Neck||is downgraded to expected to miss Saturday vs. San Diego State|
|09/10/13||LB||Darrell Songy||Concussion||out indefinitely|
|09/09/13||LB||Michael Doctor||Foot||out indefinitely|
|09/09/13||C||Roman Sapolu||Foot||out for season|
Total Offensive Stats
|Team||Total Passing||Total Rushing||Total Offensive|
|SDSU||534 Yards||186 Yards||720 Yards|
|OSU||1,316 Yards||210 Yards||1526 Yards|
Total Offensive Plays
|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|
GAME DAY INFORMATION
Game information: Kickoff 4:30 p.m. PT San Diego, California
Spread: Oregon State -11.5
Radio: 105.7 The Walrus – Click to listen
TV: This game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.
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