The San Diego State football team has an opportunity to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 1981 when it travels to Columbia, Mo., to play Missouri on Saturday.
But unless fans subscribe to AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV or Dish Network, they won’t be able to purchase the Pay-Per View event in San Diego.
Instead, SDSU has provided a list of viewing parties that fans can attend.
It’s a pity that fans in San Diego won’t be able to watch it, because if the Aztecs win, it would be over a Tigers team that is ranked No. 25 in the Coaches Poll.
And that’s what has most players for San Diego State excited for this weekend trip—arguable the team’s biggest test thus far in this young season.
“They’re a good team that’s earned that ranking,” quarterback Ryan Lindley told reporters this week. “We know they’re a respectable opponent. But really, it comes down to executing, whether we play an FCS team or the No. 1 team in the country. It’s all about how you play the game and execute your assignments on Saturday.”
Lindley—who has thrown for 622 yards and three touchdowns in the first two games—and his offense will play the best defense it has seen in the early stages of the season.
The Tigers are ranked 25th in total defense and lead the nation in forcing turnovers.
A balanced game plan again may be the key for the Aztecs. And even though freshman Ronnie Hillman dazzled fans and pundits last week with his 150-yard, four touchdown performance, coach Brady Hoke said he will still utilize a running back by committee effort against Mizzou on Saturday.
“We’ve got a decent combination in there,” Hoke said. “Davon gives you a lot. He can make some good things happen on the ground. Walter Kazee may be pound-for-pound the toughest guy on our football team. He is just a tough guy who has a lot of pride in how he performs. Then you have Ronnie. This time, we kind of like the rotation that we have going on right now.”
Another game with a balanced attack and San Diego State may be flying home with a 3-0 record, which is what this team is striving for.
“Any win that would get us to 3-0 would be big for this program,” Lindley said. “I think it just comes down to us going out and executing the game plan.”
It’s just too bad that most of San Diego may not be able to watch it if it does happen.
For more info on the Pay-Per View options for Saturday’s game or for viewing parties around San Diego County, visit goaztecs.com.
WAC not going down without a fight
Even though Fresno State and Nevada have made their intentions clear, the WAC isn’t going to go gently into that good night.
The WAC has filed a lawsuit to keep both programs in its conference through the end of the 2012 school year.
Both Fresno State and Nevada want to join the Mountain West Conference beginning in the fall of 2011.
According to the Associated Press, WAC commissioner Karl Benson said that schools must announce their intention to leave the conference before July 1 or they have to stay in the WAC for at least two more years.
Both Fresno State and Nevada announced their decision in the middle of July.
So, the WAC may be fading, but it’s not going down without a fight.
“The damages the WAC could incur if Fresno State and Nevada left early are very, very significant,” Benson told the AP. “That’s what has driven this: to protect the assets of the WAC as a corporate entity.”
ESPN rankings have Mountain West as fifth best football conference
It may only be two weeks into the season, but the Mountain West is considered the fifth best football conference thus far this year, according to ESPN.
How ESPN comes up with the rankings is through a formula that considers the Coaches Poll and other computer polls, though ESPN did not specify which computer polls they use. Each poll is weighted equally.
It’s not a shock to see the Mountain West ranked so highly. The beginning to every college football season is filled with nonconference matchups. And for a conference that is trying to make obtain automatic qualifying status in the BCS, its teams usually schedule tougher opponents than the rest of the schools in Division IA.
The conferences ranked ahead of the Mountain West are the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-10 respectively.
The WAC is sixth in the rankings with the ACC seventh and the Big East a dreadful eighth.
T.V. Timeout—Must See Games This Weekend (All times Pacific)
California at Nevada: Friday, 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2
Nebraska at Washington: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. on ABC
BYU at Florida State: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU
Baylor at TCU: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. on Versus
San Diego State at Missouri: Saturday, 4 p.m. on PPV
Iowa at Arizona: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Bonus: Padres at Cardinals: Saturday, 1 p.m. on FOX
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