The New Mexico State Aggies will host the San Diego State Aztecs in week three action Saturday evening from Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aztecs recorded a 23-14 upset road win against UCLA in their previous action, and the Aggies were trounced 62-10 at #1 Alabama last week. This marks the first meeting since 2013 in a game SDSU won 26-16.
Aztecs Stun UCLA to Improve to 2-0
The San Diego State Aztecs have a golden opportunity to improve to 3-0. They blanked Weber State of the FCS 6-0 in week one, and they came through with a big 23-14 road win against UCLA last week in a game that SDSU as 7.5 point underdogs. Aztecs’ QB Ryan Agnew rebounded with 293 passing yards after struggling in week one. The senior QB has registered 401 passing yards with one TD against zero interceptions in two games.
SDSU’s #1 RB Juwan Washington hasn’t been particularly effective in two games, rushing for 96 yards on an average of only 2.3 yards per rush attempt. The senior RB is talented and he posted 999 rushing yards in 2018. WR Kobe Smith has already surpassed last year’s receiving total. The sophomore RB has notched 139 receiving yards in two games after posting 113 yards last year. The Aztecs offense should be improved after ranking down at 120th in points last year, but this is a team that relies on defense to win games.
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The SDSU defense has come up big in their first two games. They were able to limit UCLA to only 261 total yards last week. They had one of the best rush defense units in the FBS last year, and they have shut down the run in both games this year, ranking 8th in the country in rush defense. The Aztecs have averaged 14.5 points in two games and they have conceded an average of only seven points.
Aggies Crushed in Two Tough Games to Open Season
The New Mexico State Aggies’ tough schedule continues. They kicked off their season with a 58-7 loss to #23 Washington State, followed by a 62-10 defeat at the hands of #1 Alabama last week. The good news is the Aggies are back on their home field. QB Josh Adkins has actually looked pretty good considering he was up against two ranked teams. The sophomore QB has completed 65% of his passes for 366 yards although he only has one touchdown against two interceptions. Aggies’ # RB Jason Huntley only rushed three times last week after averaging a remarkable 6.3 yards per attempt for 57 yards in week one against Washington State. Huntley should be able to make his presence felt in this one.
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The Aggies expect a big season from WR Tony Nicholson. The senior sat out last year after notching 344 receiving yards in his first year with Baylor of the Big 12 in 2017. Nicholson has made nine grabs for 84 yards in two games. The Aggies’ offense wasn’t able to generate any significant offense in their first two games, although they should post a better performance this week against a team closer to their level.
The New Mexico State defense was challenged by facing two of the better offensive units in the FBS in their first two games and they had no answer. They were one of the worst defensive teams in the nation last year. Fortunately, San Diego State is not a high scoring team, and it will be interesting to see how they fare. The Aggies have only averaged 8.5 points in their first two games after allowing an average of 60 points.
The San Diego State Aztecs are:
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up win.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
The New Mexico State Aggies are:
- 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 September games.
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after recording less than 170 passing yards in their previous game.