San Diego State vs UC Davis Prediction & Game Preview
The San Diego State Aztecs take on FCS opponent UC Davis Aggies in college football season opener.
The Aztecs open the 2017 season under unusual circumstances and look to move past them against the Aggies.
In normal years Rocky Long wouldn’t have concerns about his team, but losing 5 all-conference players, including the NCAA rushing leader of all time, gives him a hard time sleeping at night.
The Young Depth Chart
The Aztecs’ updated depth chart has been released and it looks very green. On the offensive line the Aztecs start five guys who haven’t played together at once and includes only one senior. Compared to last year’s team, anchored by Nico Siragusa, there might be a lot of work to do get these guys on the same page. UC Davis might be the opportunity for the offensive line to do that. Overall, there’s plenty of youngins on the roster.
Also considering how young the roster is, how is that these guys never got the chicken pox until now?
Notably, graduate transfer Chris Laviano did not challenge Christian Chapman for his starting spot and did not even earn the #2 spot, that going to Ryan Agnew. Laviano recently requested to be released so he could pursue an opportunity elsewhere.
Coming off another successful season, there’s an expectation to win, win, and win some more from the boosters and the media. The expectations are a bit tapered for San Diego State coaching staff.
On offense, they’ve lost their number one offensive weapon, and they have two redshirt freshmen starting at wide receiver over seniors Mikah Holder and Quest Truxton. On defense, they have a true freshman starting at safety and sophomores on the line and at linebacker.
Despite the uneasiness for the Aztecs in the summer, this game against UC Davis looks to be in San Diego State’s favor. The Aggies are a vulnerable defense. With Rashaad Penny in the backfield and an accurate Christian Chapman, this game might be over in the first half.
One last thing to note whenever San Diego State takes on an FCS opponent is the 2013 game against Eastern Illinois. Which starts to mirror the situation here in 2017.
A team that was coming off a successful season opens against a hungrier team. The 40-17 loss dampened the mood that season and serves as a reminder not to underestimate the fight of FCS programs.
Still shooting my shot here, San Diego State dominates this game.
San Diego State 45, UC Davis 14.