SDSU Football: SDSU vs CAL (Game Preview)

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SDSU vs. USD Mandatory Photo Credit: San Diego Sports Domination CEO & Founder David Frerker


Team Total Offense Pass OFF
Rush OFF Pass Def Run Def
SDSU 102nd 105th 77th 3rd 34th 
CAL 6th 1st 66th  10th 57th


SDSU vs. USD Mandatory Photo Credit: San Diego Sports Domination CEO & Founder David Frerker

SDSU vs. USD Mandatory Photo Credit: San Diego Sports Domination CEO & Founder David Frerker

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

The three players to look out for would be QB Maxwell Smith, RB Donnel Pumphrey and WR Eric Judge. Smith, the Kentucky transfer, has completed 9 of 21 passes for 100 yards. Pumphrey has had 20 carries for 65 yards and one touchdown. So far this season Judge has 2 receptions for 29 yards..

San Diego State’s offensive line will play a major role in how this game is played. The San Diego State offensive line is not very good at pass blocking. If the Cal defensive line is bringing a ton of pressure I would expect SDSU to stay away from the passing game and pound the ground with Pumphrey . Depending on how the line is playing we could also see true freshman Christian Chapman in the game. He is the better running quarterback.  

The San Diego State defensive is going to tell us who wins this game. The Aztec defense forced six turnovers (5 Interceptions and 1 Fumble) against the University of San Diego. The Aztec Defense is ranked 3rd in total defense pass efficiency. They will be going up against the best passing offense in the nation. The Aztec defense will need to hold out strong if they want to win this game.

Special teams will play a huge role in this game. Here is Rashaad Penny going 97 yards to the house last week on USD.

Win vs. USD =  37 – 3

at. California

vs. South Alabama

at. Penn State

vs. Fresno State

at. Hawaii

at. San Jose State

vs. Utah State

at. Colorado State

vs. Wyoming

at. UNLV

vs. Nevada

San Diego State Injury Report (Link)

Date POS Player Injury Status
09/06/15 DE Christian Heyward Knee Questionable  Saturday vs. CAL
09/06/15 DB Trey Lomax Dislocated knee cap 4-6 weeks

CAL Overall (1-0) and Conf (0-0)

The three players to look out for would be QB Jared Goff, RB Khalfani Muhammad and WR Kenny Lawler. Goff has completed 24 of 32 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns. Muhammad has had 8 carries for 92 yards. So far this season Lawler has 6 receptions for 69 yards and three touchdowns. Taking a look at the national rankings listed at the top of the article California is a really good football team.

CAL is going to need to shut down the Aztecs running game if they wish to win this game. They will want to force San Diego State to throw the football. Offensively Cal will want to keep the ball away from the SDSU Defensive backs. The SDSU Secondary is the best in the Mountain West Conference. The smart play would be to throw underneath the secondary for 5- to 7- yard gains.

Win vs. Grambling State = 73 – 14

vs. San Diego State

at. Texas

at. Washington

vs. Washington State

at. Utah

at. UCLA

vs. USC

at. Oregon

vs. Oregon State

at. Stanford

vs. Arizona State

CAL Injury Report (Link)

Date POS Player Injury Status
09/04/15 LB Aisea Tongilava Toe expected to miss 3-4 weeks
09/06/15 DB Griffin Piatt Knee Questionable Saturday vs. San Diego State

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Cal vs. San Diego State: Aztecs 3-3-5 defense breakdown (LINK)

Total Offensive Stats

Team Total Passing Total Rushing Total Offensive
SDSU 139 166 305
CAL 471 185

Total Offensive Plays

Team Total Offense   Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game
SDSU 305 59 5.2 NA
CAL 656 88 7.5 NA

Rushing Stats

Team Yards Attempts YPC YPG TD
SDSU 166 36 4.6 166 1
CAL 185 39 4.7 185 4

Passing Stats

Team Yards Comp/Att/Int APC APG TD
SDSU 139 11/23/1 12.6 139 0
CAL 471 34/49/2 13.9 471 4


Team Penalties Yards Avg Yards Game
SDSU 53 53
CAL 36 36

San Diego State and California score by Quarters in 2015

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
SDSU 14 6 7 10
CAL 35 17 14 7


Game information: Kickoff 2:00 p.m.  Berkeley, California

Odds: California by 7.  To find out more about odds or betting make sure you check out football bets online.

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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.

1 Comment on SDSU Football: SDSU vs CAL (Game Preview)

  1. One of the differences between SDSU’s Rocky Long and Steve Fisher: Long spends his Press time stating why the other team is better then SDSU and why we should find the game difficult. Fisher spends his Press time saying why his team has a chance to win.
    Long is a good coach. He is also a realist. Yet, a coach needs to be careful of a self-fulfilling prophesy. If a coach doesn’t have faith in your potential , a player won’t either. Raise your standards and expectations and players often play above their abilities.
    Hopefully his team doesn’t watch these. I am hoping he is more motivating in person.:)
    Maybe I should buy him a book on motivation !

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