San Diego State University’s men’s football program has been taking steps in the right direction. The Aztecs, as the football squad is known, completed a winning season in 2014, something that has not happened frequently for this southern California team.
Under the capable leadership of fourth year Head Coach Rocky Long, the Aztecs produced a Won-Loss record of 7-6 in 2014, 5-3 in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference (MWC). Their superior on-field performance earned them an invitation to the Pasadena Bowl where the squad was upended in a squeaker by the Navy Midshipmen. The final score was 17-16.
Encouraged by last year’s performance, the Aztecs and Coach Long began this season at home on Saturday, September 5th filled with confidence. The positive feeling was merited when San Diego State steamrolled the visiting University of San Diego by a score of 37-3.
The players were “all smiles” when they visited the University of California on September 12th. The “good vibrations” quickly faded when the Golden Bears beat the visiting Aztecs by a score of 35-7.
The young season still features five home games that need to be played as well as five more road games. This squad from one of America’s most pleasant cities will host the University of South Alabama on September 19th (this Saturday, of course), Fresno State University on October 3rd, Utah State University on October 23rd, the University of Wyoming on November 14th and the University of Nevada on November 28th.
The Aztecs can win the majority of these home contests if they play “under control” and limit penalties. Anything less than error-free performances can result in a losing season.
That is especially true for the team’s road games. Solid performances will be essential for victory when San Diego State visits Penn State University on September 26th, the University of Hawaii on October 10th, San Jose State University on October 17th, Colorado State University on October 31st and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) on November 21st.
San Diego State University is a developing program that wants to show improvement each season. That is not always easy to do, but it is certainly something that the Aztecs can achieve.
It is going to take hard work, disciplined play, commitment and desire to move this program in the right direction. It won’t be easy, but anything worth accomplishing always requires hard work and dedication.
The feeling now is that this squad will complete 2015 with more wins than losses and with an invitation to a quality bowl game. And if that happens, the Aztecs of San Diego State University many no longer be known as “just another college football team.”
Courtesy of Rantsports.com