The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the San Diego State Aztecs.
No. 57: San Diego State Aztecs
Spring Practice Starts: February 19
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San Diego State Aztecs Spring Status
With 32 wins over the last three seasons, San Diego State has become a powerhouse, good enough to beat Arizona State and Stanford last year, and coming within a loss to Fresno State of having a shot to play for a third straight Mountain West title.
Rocky Long has the systems in place on both sides of the ball, with a nasty defense and killer running game being enough to win lots and lots of games. And now, get ready to for the Aztecs to win a whole lot more.
RB Rashaad Penny is done, but QB Christian Chapman returns, working behind a line that welcomes back all five starters. The other side has to replace two starters up front and two great defensive backs in Trey Lomax and Kameron Kelly, but everything should be fine.
San Diego State Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Who gets to take over for Rashaad Penny? Donnel Pumphrey ran for 2,133 yards in 2016, and Penny tore off 2,248 yards and 23 scores last year. Who gets to be next to handle the Mountain West’s glamour position?
Juwan Washington was held out for part of spring ball to keep him healthy, but he has the talent to be fantastic after running for 759 yards and seven scores.
Chase Jasmin got knocked out of spring ball with a knee injury, opening up opportunities for a slew of other great options, led by Kaegun Williams and Chance Bell. But this will be Washington’s ground game to run.
San Diego State Biggest Issue
Where’s the pass rush? the 2016 Aztecs cranked up 38 sacks, and the 2015 version came up with 37. Last year? 23, and a mere 58 tackles for loss. The defense overall was fantastic, and the run defense was a rock, but there wasn’t enough happening in the backfield. However, four of the top five pass rushers from last year are back. Someone, though, has to emerge as a star.
San Diego State Biggest Positive
The offensive line should be outstanding. All five starters are back for an offense that came up with 3,282 yards and 33 scores, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. The pass protection was just okay, and there were too many plays happening behind the Aztec line, but it was a building year for the front five, and it wasn’t all that bad. Now comes the payoff.
Really, Why Are The San Diego State Aztecs Ranked Here?
The Aztecs will run the ball well, they’ll play great defense, and they’ll be in the mix for a double-digit win season – again.
They’ll be more than just competitive against the better teams on the slate, including Stanford, Arizona State and Boise State. Win two of those three, and it’s time to start thinking New Year’s Six bowl.