At the end of the last decade, the San Diego State football team was near the bottom of the college football ranks. It went 10 years without a winning season, and there were not many signs of life. That all changed in 2010, when the Aztecs were able to win 9 games and make a bowl game. Since then, they have been a very consistent program, winning at least 8 games each year.
As we gear up for the final half of the 2014 season, SDSU still has some work to do. At 4-3, the Aztecs still need to win two games to become eligible for a bowl game. With that being said, they are in the driver’s seat and control their own destiny when it comes to winning the Mountain West Conference West division.
Some critics would say that SDSU is not showing improvement in 2014. They had a close loss to North Carolina, but fell to Fresno State and Oregon State. The schedule is pretty favorable for the rest of the regular season, and tallying more wins seems likely.
Head coach Rocky Long seems to be focused on taking his team to another level and reaching the Top 25, but it looks like it may not happen in 2014. Not counting a victory over a subpar Washington State team in 2011, the Aztecs are still looking for their first marquee win over a Power-5 conference school since the turn of the century, and it’s unlikely they will be ranked until that happens. They will have a few more cracks next year, but the focus has shifted towards winning an outright title in the conference in 2014.
In their recent stretch of success, San Diego State has been able to go 2-2 in bowl games. Winning a bowl game in 2014 could propel this program to go into 2015 and become more of a national player. They have the fantasy football talent to make a splash, but they need it to all come together in the big match-ups.
As the two best former Aztecs in the MLB right now, it is no surprise to see that Stephen Strasburg and Justin Masterson are also the top fantasy baseball choices. However, a pair of other arms could also make an impact in fantasy land at some point during the 2014 season. Here is a look at what to expect from all four former San Diego State pitchers.
Injuries held him back a bit last year, but Strasburg is still considered one of the best fantasy baseball pitchers out there. Not only can he post a pretty low ERA, but he is one of the best strikeout pitchers in the game. He is pretty much unanimously though of as a top 10 pitcher, with some rating him as a top five option. If healthy, he could give Clayton Kershaw a push for the National League Cy Young Award.
Despite being the ace of the staff for the Cleveland Indians, Masterson has never been really liked by fantasy baseball players. He strikes out his fair share of hitters, but his ERA is usually on the high side and his WHIP can climb close to 1.40. For that reason, he usually goes in the later rounds around the 40-50 range among pitchers.
When the Chicago White Sox traded Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks, many people assumed that he would get the closer’s role. It became official last week, when manager Kirk Gibson made the announcement. Obviously, that makes him pretty valuable, as he is currently rated as about the 12th to 15th best RP in the game. Right now, Reed is sometimes going ahead of Masterson in drafts because of his ability to pick up saves now.
Masterson and Harang never played together at San Diego State, but they will be teammates this season in Cleveland. That is, unless Harang decides to opt out of his contract and look for employment elsewhere. He can still be an effective pitcher, but the Indians do not currently have a spot for him on the MLB roster.
Since he enrolled as a San Diego State freshman in the fall of 1946, Tom Ables has been a dedicated fan of Aztec football. In late August he was a battleship sailor aboard the USS Alabama. In September he was the sports editor of the school newspaper. Before his freshman year ended he was the school’s first sports publicity director. Sixty-seven years later, Tom still follows Aztec football as passionately as he did as a college freshman. Through the 2012 season, Tom has seen 731 of the 733 Aztec football games played since 1946. He’s seen all the great ones: Marshall Faulk, Dennis Shaw, Haven Moses and countless other great Aztecs. And, of course, one of the most brilliant football minds of all time, coach Don Coryell. Join Tom on his journey through the great games, players, coaches and seasons; Aztec record-holders and hall-of-famers; and games played in world famous stadiums, and some truly bizarre fields.
This book is a must-have for all diehard Aztec fans, and it is a great way to look back on the storied past and rich traditions of SDSU football.