San Diego State vs. Colorado State: Three Keys to an Aztecs Win

San Diego State vs. Colorado State: Three Keys to an Aztecs Win

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San Diego State vs. Colorado State: Three Keys to an Aztecs Win

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SDSU vs. Colorado State: Three Keys to an Aztecs Win


The Aztecs open Mountain West play on the road against the Rams.


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The Aztecs head to the Rockies.

WEEK 6: San Diego State Aztecs (3-1, 0-1 Mountain West) vs. Colorado State Rams (1-4, 0-1 MW)

WHEN: Saturday, October 5 — 7:00 PM PT/8:00 PM MT

WHERE: Canvas Stadium; Fort Collins, Colorado (41,000)

TV: ESPN2

STREAMING: You can use a free seven-day trial of Sling by clicking here.

RADIO: The SDSU broadcast can be found on 101.5 FM and XTRA 1360 AM, while the Colorado State broadcast can be found on 102.9 FM (KARS) in Fort Collins. The game can also be streamed through TuneIn.

SERIES RECORD: San Diego State leads the overall series 20-14. In the last meeting on November 26, 2016, however, the Rams defeated the Aztecs, 63-31, in San Diego.

LAST WEEK: SDSU was idle after losing to Utah State in Week 4. Colorado State also lost to the Aggies by a 34-24 margin last Saturday.

WEBSITES: GoAztecs.com, the official SDSU athletics website | CSURams.com, the official Colorado State athletics website

GAME NOTES (PDF): San Diego State | Colorado State

ODDS (via OddsShark): San Diego State -7.5

SP+ PROJECTION: San Diego State favored by seven

FEI PROJECTION: TBD

San Diego State comes off a bye week to travel to Fort Collins and take on the Colorado State Rams. The Aztecs are coming off of a tough loss at home to the Utah State Aggies, 24-17, but the Rams have gotten off to a very rough start to their season, starting the year 1-4, and have lost three games in a row. The Aztecs are projected to win this game and this is how they can win this road contest.

Keys to an Aztecs Victory

1. Get the running game going.

The Aztecs run-game has been a staple the last 5-10 years but, this year, it has been really inconsistent. It doesn’t help that star running back Juwan Washington has been hurt since the opener against Weber State, though he is supposed to be back this week. If he can’t go, Jordan Byrd and Chance Bell are two great options at the running back position. The Aztecs should look to get the run game going early versus the Rams.

2. Get big plays from the defensive line.

Going into the season, the Aztecs’ young defensive line was a huge concern for head coach Rocky Long. It has looked really good at times and other times they have been nowhere to been found. In their win over New Mexico State, for instance, the Aztecs starting defensive line had five sacks. However, in the home loss to Utah State, they didn’t record a single sack. If the Aztecs expect to win, the defensive line needs to bring the pressure.

3. Ryan Agnew must stand out.

Quarterback Ryan Agnew needs to play well if the Aztecs want to win. He has been really inconsistent this year. Like in the opener he only threw for 108 yards passing but in their win vs. UCLA he threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns. If the Aztecs want to get back in the Win column, great play by Agnew will help.

Prediction

If the Aztecs do these keys in this weekend’s contest against Colorado State, the Aztecs will probably be victorious in the end.

San Diego State 27, Colorado State 10

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