Phil Steele has the San Diego State Aztecs in his top 40 projections, currently making the Aztecs the only Mountain West team revealed in his countdown. Steele has the Aztecs 38th in his top 40 countdown ahead of Cincinnati and Mississippi State.
Steele suggests starting Maxwell Smith will bring back the passing attack not seen since Ryan Lindley was connecting to DeMarco Sampson and Vincent Brown. This year's depth at wide receiver supports Steele's argument for Maxwell Smith succeeding at San Diego State.
The Aztecs are also Steele’s favorite to win the West division of the Mountain West and predicts double-digit wins in 2015. Glancing at San Diego State’s schedule there is a optimism for double digit wins, especially with a weak West division, favorable opponents like San Diego and South Alabama, and not having Boise State. The toughest scheduled opponents seem to be California and Penn State as the Aztecs have not fared well against any school from the Power 5 conferences.