The 2009 football season will finally be the Aztecs' chance to shine.
For the first time in years, they will finally get to go to a bowl game. Here are some reasons why.
1. Easy Non-Conference Schedule—They open at UCLA, which will be a great game to watch. Afterward, they head back to San Diego and play the I-AA Southern Utah University. After that, they play at Idaho, and they return to a New Mexico State home game. Realistically, the Aztecs could start out 4-0.
2. New Coach—Ball State's previous coach, Brady Hoke, decided to coach the Aztecs. Considering how well the Cardinals played last year, I think Hoke could help the Aztecs win.
3. Many Returning Players—Freshman standout Ryan Lindley returns, along with tailbacks Brandon Sullivan and Atiyyah Henderson. On offense, they have 9 returning starters. On defense, they have 8 returning starters.
All in all, I see San Diego State being a threat to every team they play—including BYU, TCU, and Utah.