Game Day Breakdown: Colorado State at SDSU

Game Day Breakdown: Colorado State at SDSU

Game Day Breakdown of Colorado State at San Diego State: facts, unit match-ups, x-factor and a prediction...

San Diego State vs. Colorado State
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA
TV: Time Warner Sports CableNet
Radio: KOGO, 95.7 FM & AM 600
Line: San Diego State by 22.5

Facts and History

-San Diego State (3-3, 1-1 MWC) welcomes Colorado State (1-5, 0-2 MWC) to Qualcomm Stadium for the 32nd meeting between the two schools.

-SDSU leads the series 18-13 over Colorado State. The Aztecs won the last meeting 18-15 in 2011.

-San Diego State has won the last three meetings and six of the last seven. The last two games have been decided by a total of eight points and four of the last five games have been decided by five points or less.

-Rocky Long is 3-1 in his last four games against the Rams.

- San Diego State is ranked 67th and Colorado State 145th in the Sagarin Ratings.

When San Diego State Has The Ball

It sounds like a broken record but expect the Aztecs to give Colorado State all they can handle in the ground attack so that means a heavy dosage of Adam Muema and Walter Kazee. The Rams are horrendous against the run giving up 214 yards per game on 4.7 yards a carry! With the ground game going, offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig will likely dial up some play-action passes.

Colorado State defense is giving up 30 points and 423 yards of total offense per game. Not only are the Rams terrible against the run but they also can't get pressure on the quarterback either, 11 sacks on the season. Aztecs should be able to run all over CSU.

Edge: San Diego State

When Colorado State Has The Ball

The Rams offense has struggled so far this season by only averaging 16 points a contest on 324 yards of total offense with 228 of it coming through the air.

Last year running back Chris Nwoke ran for 232 yards against the Aztecs while earning himself second-team all MWC honors. This season has been a different story, dealing with injuries. He's ready to go in this game and the Rams need another 200-yard plus outing.

The quarterback situation has been sticky. M.J. McPeek received his first collegiate start last week against Fresno State where he completed 15 of 29 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown. The offensive line has really struggled. They have allowed 22 sacks this season! So if there is ever a time that the Aztecs can get after a quarterback with only four-men this is the night. SDSU head coach Rocky Long said they would continue to simplify things on defense to be more effective.

Edge: San Diego State

Special Teams

Kicker/punter Seamus McMorrow continues to prove why the Aztecs threw him a scholarship. Kicker Chance Marden didn't attempt another field goal, as he's still 3-for-6 on the season. The Rams special teams are nothing to tip your cap to. Kicker Jared Roberts is 5-for-6 on the season with his only miss coming from 50+ out. Punter Pete Kontodiakos averages 46 yards a punt with a net of 37 yards. Kickoff coverage and returns are mediocre but overall they are better than the Aztecs.

Edge: Colorado State

X-Factor

The night after Midnight Madness, early start and is the homecoming game so all those factors should give the football team some extra fans in the seats. The seniors have spoke this week about wanting to win on their final homecoming game so it should give them an extra boost.

Edge: San Diego State

Prediction

Aztecs should be able to move the ball with the duo of Kazee and Muema, will be able to create big plays off the play action. SDSU will only lose this game if they create their own mistakes. Aztecs have been stout against the run and won't let Nwoke break away again like he did last year. I think San Diego State will be too much for Colorado State and move above .500 in Mountain West Conference play.

San Diego State 38 Colorado State 17

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