SDSU and Fresno State Set
for Mountain West Western Division Saturday Night Showdown
||Saturday, Oct. 26
||7:30 p.m. PT
||San Diego, Calif.
||105.7 The Walrus/The Mighty 1090
|SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
||3-3, 2-0 Mountain West
||Oct. 10, 2013 (Won at Air Force, 27-20)
||SDSU Record: 20-12
|FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS
||6-0, 3-0 Mountain West
||Oct. 19, 2013 (Won vs. UNLV, 38-14)
||Fresno State Record: 15-4
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.
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).
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.
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
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.