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2013 San Diego State
Schedule and Odds
The Aztecs came away with a 7-1 conference record last season, but only finished with nine total wins. They were Mountain West co-champs which won't be a possibility with the new divisions. With plenty of experience returning, San Diego State has their sights set on reaching the title game even with a difficult schedule.
While they return plenty of players, quarterback is not a position that they can consider a strength, especially in the MWC. Adam Dingwell started the last five games of 2012, but he only completed 57.6 percent of his passes for eight TDs and seven INTs. In their bowl game against BYU, he went 12-for-29 for no touchdowns and three picks. That area will need to improve if the Aztecs want to make it to the conference title game. Dingwell will also lose SDSU's top three receivers from last season which won't help. The positive is Adam Muema who is probably the best running back in the conference. He ran for 1,458 rushing yards and 16 TDs in his sophomore year.
SDSU is usually known for a stout defense and that will continue to be the case this season with nine returning starters. Their front seven and the safety position look all set. The problem could come at cornerback where they are losing their only two starters. Still, with the entire unit set to be upper classmen, there is a lot of experience to go around. The linebacking crew is led by two likely all-conference candidates in Jake Fely and Derek Largent.
2013 San Diego State Football Schedule
Aug. 31 vs. Eastern Illinois
Sept. 7 at Ohio State
Sept. 21 vs. Oregon State
Sept. 28 at New Mexico State
Oct. 4 vs. Nevada
Oct. 10 at Air Force
Oct. 26 vs. Fresno State
Nov. 2 vs. New Mexico
Nov. 9 at San Jose State
Nov. 16 at Hawaii
Nov. 23 vs. Boise State
Nov. 30 at UNLV
You don't have to look far to see why the Aztecs have an extremely difficult season ahead of themselves. Two games against Ohio State and Oregon State are plastered in the middle of September for them. If they can get one win out of those games, it'll be a positive as both are Top 25 teams.
Going to their conference schedule, it never really lets up for more than a week for the Aztecs. The positive is that they get a lot of the top teams at home like Nevada, Fresno State and Boise State. That should be a big bonus for them even though they won two of those games on the road last year. Their toughest game may come in early November at newcomers San Jose State who actually beat the Aztecs in a non-conference game last year. Both teams will be fighting with Fresno State for the top place in the West division.
Their other three conference road games are all favorable, but playing in Hawaii a week before their matchup with Boise State isn't all that ideal. Nevertheless, they won 21-19 in Boise last season.
If Dingwell can provide consistently from the QB spot, this team will be fighting all season long to make the MWC title game and maybe even a spot in the Top 25. With their defense, another nine-win season is very possible.
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