NCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL FUTURE WIN TOTALS OVER/UNDER SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS

The 2016-2017 season was a great one for head coach Rocky Long and his San Diego State Aztecs. They finished at 11-3 overall and 6-2 in Mountain West games. The Aztecs ran away with the West division championship with second place Hawaii having just a 7-7 record. After losing to Wyoming 34-33 in one of the last games of the regular season, San Diego State got their revenge defeating the Cowboys 27-24 for back-to-back Mountain West titles. The Aztecs were then invited to the Las Vegas Bowl where they defeated the Houston Cougars 34-10.  A few key players will be missing from this group and it’ll be interesting to see how coach Long can get the guys stepping into new roles to be successful.

SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS 9 WINS OVER/UNDER: UNDER

San Diego State are Mountain West champions for the second year in a row. Despite losing 23 seniors from last season, the Aztecs hope to have the necessary replacements for a third straight title.  All-time leading running back Donnel Pumphrey leaves a big gap to fill in the back field, but both Rashaad Penny and Juwan Washington should provide a big enough spark.  The biggest concern for me is that the offensive line has four new starters, which could prove an issue for the offense in 2017.  Quarterback Christian Chapman has a full year under his belt and could take a bigger step forward next season.

Defense is what will lead the Aztecs to a third straight Mountain West title. They lost a few players on defense as well including star cornerback Damontae Kazee, who was also Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Calvin Munson and lineman Alex Barrett and Kyle Kelley. Replacing these players will not be easy because of the presence they brought and experience they brought to the group. There are a couple returning players that can prove to be the difference like linebackers Ryan Dunn and Ronley Lakalaka. Despite the loss of Kazee, the defensive backs should be set as well with Kameron Kelly and Ron Smith.

When you look at the rest of the teams in the West division there isn’t much competition. I do believe Hawaii and UNLV improve from last season, but not enough to dethrone the Aztecs from their division title. San Diego State’s schedule isn’t too difficult, but the most important games of the season are the home game against Boise State and the road games against Hawaii and UNLV.

 

SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS SCHEDULE

Sat, Sep 2 vs UC Davis 8:30 PM
Sat, Sep 9 @ Arizona State 11:00 PM
Sat, Sep 16 vs Stanford 10:30 PM
Sat, Sep 23
@
Air Force
7:00 PM
Sat, Sep 30
vs
Northern IL
10:30 PM
Sat, Oct 7
@
UNLV
TBD
Sat, Oct 14
vs
Boise State
10:30 PM
Sat, Oct 21
vs
Fresno State
10:30 PM
Sat, Oct 28
@
Hawaii
TBD
Sat, Nov 4
@
San Jose State
TBD
Sat, Nov 18
vs
Nevada
10:30 PM
Fri, Nov 24
vs
New Mexico
3:30 PM

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With a lot of personnel from last season’s championship team gone I’m not sure the Aztecs have enough replacements to replicate the same success this upcoming season. The offense might take a few steps forward, but not enough to make up for the losses on defense. I see San Diego State going 8-6 while still retaining the West division title, but losing out on the Mountain West title. Feel Free to check out all of our college football previews at Cover The Spread 365.

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