Football Welcomes No. 15/18 Fresno State Saturday

Oct. 21, 2013

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SAN DIEGO STATE (3-3; 2-0 MW) vs. FRESNO STATE (6-0, 3-0 MW)
Oct. 26, 2013 | 7:30 p.m. PT
San Diego, Calif. | Qualcomm Stadium (54,000)

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Date Saturday, Oct. 26
Time 7:30 p.m. PT
Location San Diego, Calif.
Stadium Qualcomm Stadium
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Radio 105.7 The Walrus/The Mighty 1090
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Twitter @GoAztecs
Record 3-3, 2-0 Mountain West
Last Game Oct. 10, 2013 (Won at Air Force, 27-20)
Head Coach Rocky Long
Career: 85-81
SDSU Record: 20-12
Record 6-0, 3-0 Mountain West
Last Game Oct. 19, 2013 (Won vs. UNLV, 38-14)
Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
Career: 15-4
Fresno State Record: 15-4
SDSU and Fresno State Set for Mountain West Western Division Saturday Night Showdown
Following three games in 13 days, San Diego State will end a period of no games in 15 days on Saturday when the Aztecs and Fresno State meet at Qualcomm Stadium on ESPN2. SDSU and FS are two of the three teams that tied for the 2012 league title and are unbeaten this year in the West Division of the Mountain West.

the game features the only two remaining teams in the Mountain West without a league defeat this season.

Of the 123 teams at the FBS level, only 27 enter play this week with an unbeaten conference record. On Saturday, the only conference game in the nation played between two teams yet to drop a league game this year is Fresno State and San Diego State.

Saturday marks the 53rd all-time meeting between the teams, which are playing for the Old Oil Can Trophy. Amazingly, the composite score of the 52 previous meetings is SDSU 1,092, Fresno State 1,091.

San Diego State will put a number of healthy win streaks on the line Saturday, including a three-game overall win streak (tied for the second longest in the Mountain West, tied for the 18th longest streak nationally), a nine-game conference win streak (tied for fourth longest in the nation) and a six-game October win streak (11th longest active streak in the nation).

After opening 0-3, San Diego State became the only team this season, just the second since 2010 and the 15th team in the BCS era to improve to 3-3. Since 2002, 158 teams have opened 0-3 but only two to date - 2004 Marshall and 2009 Nevada - won their next four games to improve to 4-3. 

The Aztecs are 2-0 in Mountain West play for the first time since 2002, the second time in MW history and the 12th time in 45 seasons at the Division I level. On only eight occasions since the program moved to Division I prior to the 1969 season has SDSU opened a conference campaign 3-0.

San Diego State will entertain the AP's 15th-ranked team in the country this week. It is the highest ranked team the Aztecs have played host to since Nov. 19, 2011 (No. 10 Boise State). The Bulldogs' rankings ties as the 15th-highest ranked team the Aztecs have ever entertained.

San Diego State lost 23 straight games to AP top 25 teams from Sept. 13, 1997 through Nov. 21, 2009. That trend has changed under Rocky Long, as the Aztecs have gone 2-5 in their last seven contests against top 25 opposition. In addition to recent victories, the Aztecs have had several close calls, including a four-point and a five-point loss during that stretch.

The last time SDSU played host to a nationally ranked opponent at home on the ESPN family of networks (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2) was Sept. 24, 1998 vs. No. 16 Arizona. The Aztecs lost that game, 35-16.

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