SDSU Football: SDSU vs Southern Alabama (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 113th 111th 81st 74th 44th
South Alabama 92nd 55th 104th 77th 109th

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 (1-1) 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 19 of 40 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown. Pumphrey has had 40 carries for 147 yards and one touchdown. So far this season Judge has 4 receptions for 82 yards..

San Diego State’s offensive line will play a major role in how this game is played. They played sloppy against California last week. We could once again see San Diego State use two quarterbacks but I would expect Rocky to only play Smith as the Aztecs offense slowed down against California when they changed quarterbacks. 

The San Diego State defense is going to tell us who wins this game. The Aztec defense has forced seven turnovers (6 Interceptions and 1 Fumble) in the first two games of the season. They will be going up against good passing attack. The Aztec defense will need to hold out strong if they want to win this game. I have no doubt that the San Diego State defense will be able to shut down the South Alabama rush game it is the passing game that has me worried. I think this will be a high scoring game. The defense that comes away with the most take aways will win the game.

Special teams will play a huge role in this game. The edge this week will defiantly go to San Diego State. Here is Rashaad Penny going 97 yards to the house in the first week of the season against University of San Diego.

This South Alabama team reminds me of the North Dakota State University team who we beat 49 to 41 back in 2012. They also remind me of the Eastern Illinois team that smoked us at home 40 to 19 back in 2013. San Diego State will need to be on their game to win this game. South Alabama is coming into this game under the radar. I completely disagree with the odds for the game of SDSU by 15 1/2. South Alabama has major play makers. Two big play WR’s who both have catches of 50+ yards or more so far this season. As you will read in the South Alabama section of this preview Josh Magee beat the Nebraska pass defense on multiple plays. I expect him to target Malik Smith. They also have a good running back in Xavier Johnson who is averaging over 10 yards per carry.

Win vs. USD =  37 – 3

Loss at. California = 35 -7

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. South Alabama
09/06/15 DB Trey Lomax Dislocated knee cap 4-6 weeks

Southern Ala Overall (1-1) and Conf (0-0)

The three players to look out for would be QB Cody Clements, RB Xavier Johnson and WR Josh Magee. Clements has completed 37 of 65 passes for 455 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson has had 14 carries for 141 yards and one touchdown. Magee has 7 receptions for 158 yards and one touchdown.Taking a look at the national rankings listed at the top of the article Southern Alabama is a mediocre football team.

Southern Alabama 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 Southern Alabama 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 or throw deep. Southern Alabama has two deep threats at wide receiver Magee and Gerald Everett. Both receivers have had one 50 +yard reception this season. CAL was able to beat San Diego State deep by going after Malik Smith for a 75 yard TD pass. If I am Southern Alabama I am going to challenge Smith to stop us.

Win vs. GARDNER-WEBB = 33 – 23

Loss at. NEBRASKA = 48 – 9

at. San Diego State

vs. North Carolina State

at. Troy

vs. Arkansas State

at. Texas State

vs. Idaho





Southern Alabama Injury Report (Link)

Date POS Player Injury Status
09/13/15 WR Danny Woodson, Jr. Academics Questionable Saturday vs. San Diego State
09/04/15 FS Antonio Carter Foot expected to miss 4-5 weeks

Total Offensive Stats

Team Total Passing Total Rushing Total Offense
SDSU 312 318 630
South Ala 497 243 740

Total Offensive Plays

Team Total Offense   Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game
SDSU 630 134 4.7 315
South Ala 740 125 5.9 370

Rushing Stats

Team Yards Attempts YPC YPG TD
SDSU 318 79 4.0 159 1
South Ala 243 55 4.4 121.5 2

Passing Stats

Team Yards Comp/Att/Int APC APG TD
SDSU 312 25-55-3 12.5 156 1
South Ala 497 40-70-3 12.4 248.5 3


Team Penalties Yards Avg Yards Game
SDSU 194 97
South Ala 122 61

San Diego State and Southern Alabama score by Quarters in 2015

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
SDSU 21 6 7 10
South Ala 13 0 13 16


Game information: Kickoff 5:00 p.m.  San Diego, California

Odds: San Diego State by 15 1/2. To find out more about odds or betting make sure to check out online sports handicapping.

TV: Mountain West Conference/Campus Insiders (ONLINE LINK)

Radio: ESPN 1700 San Diego

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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.

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