Football Team Readies for Upcoming On-the-Field Battles
As reigning Mountain West Conference champions, the Aztecs came into this 2013 football season with high expectations. However, with a season-opening loss against Football Championship Subdivision underdog, Eastern Illinois, the Aztecs found themselves facing an uphill battle to another conference title.
The week following the season opener wasn’t much better for the Aztecs after they were trounced by the best team in college football, Ohio State. After Ohio State, the Aztecs got edged out by Oregon State which resulted in their first 0-3 start since 2008. Needless to say, Aztec fans were worried that their team’s highly-anticipated season would be a disappointment.
In response to the team’s lackluster performance early in the season, the coaching staff decided to make a permanent quarterback change and name Quinn Kaehler, the junior college transfer from the East Bay area, as their starter.
Since the switch the Aztecs have won 2 straight games including beating conference rival, University of Nevada, Reno, in overtime, on national television. Last week, the Aztecs took down the Air Force Falcons, 27-20 in a game that was played despite the government shutdown.
With the rest of the season’s games against Mountain West conference teams, the Aztecs have placed themselves in a position to take back the conference championship. The highlight game for the remainder of this season will be the Oct. 26 matchup against the Fresno State Bulldogs who are currently ranked no. 25 in the nation. The Aztecs will face the Bulldogs for SDSU’s Homecoming game, and “The Battle of the Oil Can.” With NFL prospects including SDSU’s Adam Muema and Fresno’s Derek Carr playing, there is no doubt that the Homecoming game will be one to remember for years to come.
Blog written by Jonathan Cole, Student Life and Leadership – Front Desk Student Writer
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