The Aztecs will face off against the Bruins for the 23rd time since 1922. In that span SDSU has never beaten UCLA. The Aztecs have 21 losses and one tie.
San Diego State will try to change this trend after a solid win against Weber State.
Unlike last week’s matchup the Aztecs will need to get into the end zone a couple of times if they want to take down the Bruins.
UCLA is coming off a loss to Cincinnati. This is the second season in a row that the Bruins have dropped their season opener against this program.
SDSU should capitalize on the struggling defense that couldn’t stop the quarterback from passing and the running backs from gaining yards. UCLA gave up 417 yards last week with 242 coming through the air and 175 on the ground.
The Aztecs threw for only 108 yards in the season opener and will look to their receivers for a more impactful performance. Look out for Jesse Matthews and Elijah Kothe, who were both the top targeted receivers last week, to have an increase in targets this week.
Juwan Washington continues to be an intriguing factor for the Aztecs offense. Washington was only able to catch three passes for 14 yards and ran for 55 yards on 22 attempts. In order for the Aztecs to expose the Bruins defense they will need Washington to be more efficient.
After shutting out Weber State I do not see any reason why SDSU defense should regress. The team received outstanding play from linebacker Troy Cassidy and its elite secondary.
Dwayne Johnson Jr. and Tariq Thompson will have to continue their dominance in coverage if San Diego State wants to have an advantage in the turnover margin.
Although I believe this game will be higher scoring game than last week, the Aztecs should be able to come out of Pasadena victorious.