San Diego State won their season opener and hosts Arizona in the first of their next two games facing Pac 12 teams.
San Diego State looks for their third straight 2-0 starter after beating New Mexico State in their opener. The team has a solid ground game, what else is new, and while going into this game with Arizona as an underdog they have covered the spread in five of their last seven non-conference games.
Arizona came into the season with few expectations after a terrible last season, a new coaching regime, and many new players. They lost their opener but were not embarrassed facing a solid BYU team.
Bad Start in WinSDSU beat New Mexico State at home in their season opener 28-10 where they were down 10-0 but then outsco0red the Aggies by 28 points.
The team did not cover the spread in the game and needs to play better against Arizona, who is a young group that may have gained some confidence even after losing their season debut. The Aztecs rushed for 248 yards in the win and stuffed the run but had three turnovers, which they have to avoid in this game.
Greg Bell is the big gun for SDSU and he rushed for 161 yards averaging 7.7 yards per carry in the win over New Mexico State. Jordan Byrd had 48 rushing yards in the win and the run game was key for the Aztecs with QB Jordon Brookshire only going 6/19 for 76 yards with no TD and an INT. Both Bell and Byrd had a fumble in the game and they will be facing a Wildcats’ defense that gave up 161 rushing yards in their opening game.
More Yards, Less Balance Equals LossArizona was at home in their opener losing to BYU 24-18 where they had more total yards but did not have much balance. The Wildcats had 341 passing yards in the game but only 81 rushing yards where they only averaged 2.3 yards per rush. Zona is the slight betting favorite in this game but is 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games as a favorite.
Freshman Gunner Cruz passed for 336 yards with a TD and an INT in the loss to BYU but only averaged seven yards per completion. WR Stanley Berryhill III had 102 receiving yards and RB Michael Wiley had 64. Wiley rushed for 64 yards averaging 4.3 yards per carry. The SDSU run defense was solid in the win over NMSU but they were torched through the air giving up 326 passing yards.
The SDSU Aztecs are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games
- 22-7 ATS vs. a team with a losing record
he Arizona Wildcats are:
- 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. MWC
- 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss