After finishing the 2018 football season with a record of 7-6 and then being blown out by 27 points in the Frisco Bowl to Ohio, SDSU will be looking to make some improvements going into the 2019 season.
SDSU started off the season 6-1 which included a six game win streak. During this streak they were able to win some close games and successfully defeat Arizona State and Boise State, two nationally ranked opponents.
The Aztecs would then finish the regular season 1-4 with all the games being against Mountain West teams.
Although all of these losses were decided by less than an average of one possession, San Diego State would fail to comeback or even score after half time.
Due to these struggles in the second half of the season the Aztecs were ranked last in the Mountain West Conference in offense. SDSU scored 31 touchdowns the whole year which was second to last in the conference and averaged only 20.6 points per game.
On the bright side San Diego State held their opponents to 22.2 points per game making them the fourth best defense in the conference.
In order for the Aztecs to have a bounce back season there needs to be a major change to the offense.
With a majority of their skill positions being filled by upperclassmen, SDSU will have a group of players that understand and can execute the offense.
The returning players will have the experience from last season and will be able to make the necessary changes to improve their offense.
I believe that with this more mature offense, continuing to have a consistent defense and the success that coach Rocky Long has, the Aztecs have the potential to surprise the Mountain West Conference.