San Diego State continues their road trip with a stop in Albuquerque tonight to face the 3 - 5 New Mexico Lobos. Here is a quick look at how the Aztecs measure up on both sides of the ball heading in to the game.
On offense the Aztecs are facing a good deal of unknown with the return of Christian Chapman. While the Aztecs have looked good with Ryan Agnew at the helm over the last few weeks the offense has dazzled at times but the loss last week leaves the door wide open to argue who should be taking the snaps at QB. The New Mexico defense has given up almost 100 points in the last 2 games so and they have only generated 9 turnovers on the season so the numbers break down in SDSU’s favor. The easiest way the Aztecs can avoid a quarterback controversy is to force feed to run game, after 41 pass attempts last week the offense seems to be drifting away from the run heavy foundation that has made the Aztecs so powerful the past several seasons.
On defense the Aztecs will have to stop Tyrone Owens the running back and primary option for New Mexico. The Lobos have lit up the scoreboard in bunches at times this year but have struggled to find a rhythm the past few weeks. At quarterback Sheriron Jones is completing just over 50 percent and has thrown 10 ints this season so New Mexico has had to rely heavily on the run game to try and generate the bulk of their offense, which bodes well for the Aztecs. Speaking of which it does need to be noted that even after last week’s loss SDSU has the second best run defense in all of college football. This is a game where the defense has the opportunity to take charge and se the tone with some quick 3 and outs early in the game.