Why SDSU Will Win The DXL Frisco Bowl
– Yeah, Ohio has a terrific ground game, but it’s about to go against a fabulous D with time to prepare. Fourth in the nation against the run, the Aztecs aren’t doing a lot to get into the backfield, and there’s not a great pass rush, but they’re stuffing everyone. Air Force and UNLV – for the most part – only run the ball, and they’re the only teams to hover around 200 yards. No one else came remotely close against a defense that allowed just 2.75 yards per run.
– It didn’t lead to wins, but the Aztec backfield should be fully healthy and ready to go. QB Christian Chapman missed a chunk of the year, and RB Juwan Washington was out for a key midseason stretch. They both came back over the final month, but having a few weeks off should do wonders – especially for a workhorse like Washington, who closed out the regular season with 158 yards and two scores on 31 carries.
– There’s an upgrade in talent level here. Ohio pushed Virginia in a 45-31 loss, and it blew away Buffalo, but that’s not like dealing with Arizona State, Stanford and Boise State like San Diego State had to do. As a program, Ohio hasn’t been amazing in bowl games, and this might be its toughest bowl opponent yet.
San Diego State in bowls? Under Rocky Long it’s been fantastic, winning three of its last five games with the two losses coming in tight battles with funky options teams Navy in in the 2014 Poinsettia and Army in last year’s Armed Forces.