Preview: San Diego State Eager To Host and Upset Stanford.
The San Diego State Aztecs, fresh off their Pac-12 victory, are ready to take on the 19th ranked Stanford Cardinal
A rising San Diego State team faces a strong, yet vulnerable Stanford football team.
The San Diego State Aztecs host the Stanford Cardinal after defeating Arizona State. The Aztecs are now 2-0 going into Saturday night’s game and face their toughest Pac-12 team in the Rocky Long era. Going into Tempe and dominating Arizona State is big for the program, but Rocky Long’s team must rise to the occasion. The Aztecs have an opportunity to steal a victory from the 19th ranked Stanford Cardinal.
Stanford is coming off a loss to USC on the road 24-42 and looks to rebound further south on the I-5. The Stanford defense gave up over 600 yards of total offense including 307 on the ground. USC played Stanford’s game by running straight at Stanford, but USC has a Heisman hopeful manning the ship.
This early in the season it looks like San Diego State has jumped ahead to be the leading contender to enter a New Year’s 6 bowl game.
San Diego State plays a Stanford-lite game. They both recruit physical guys on the line. They both rely on talented, physical running backs. They both prey on mistakes. This game will feel a lot like big brother versus little brother. Note: This is the first college game identical twin Mikah Holder, SDSU WR, will face off against twin brother Alijah Holder, Stanford CB.
On offense, Rashaad Penny gave the Pac-12 a little taste of how special he is. Don’t doubt that Stanford won’t try to stack the line with 8 in the box like Arizona State. The Stanford Cardinal showed their vulnerabilities against the run, but USC’s Sam Darnold was able to air it out. Christian Chapman has to step up and put up more than 70 yards to give San Diego State a chance to win.
On defense, the Aztecs have to find a way to stop Bryce Love. Love has been a capable replacement for Christian McCaffrey, putting up 170 yards in the loss to USC. On paper, Stanford is a 9-point favorite and looks ready to steamroll the home team. The silver lining for the Aztecs here is that in 2016 the Cardinals were only +2 in the turnover game whereas the Aztecs were +14 in turnovers. The Aztecs’ defense will be key to keeping this game close.
Aztecs will put up a fight. Chapman will put up over 100 yards of passing with a touchdown. Penny scores two touchdowns in the first half, but Stanford figures him out in the second half. Bryce Love will go for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the Aztecs defense will be the hero of the game. Despite allowing Stanford to put up 400 total yards of offense, the Aztecs defense will end up +2 in turnovers with a pick-six.
San Diego State 31, Stanford 28