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Air it out
The Aztecs' best weapon is the aerial assault of quarterback Quinn Kaehler. San Diego State ranks 35th in the country in passing (262.3 YPG) and Kaehler is one of the best quarterbacks in the Mountain West.
As for Buffalo, they rank just 69th in pass defense in the FBS, giving up nearly 230 yards per game.
Against Fresno State earlier this season, Kaehler seemed to hang with Derek Carr, one of the nation's best passers, so it's clear that the Aztecs' strength is through the air. Against a weak secondary, there's no reason not to expose that.
Contain Branden Oliver
The Bulls have one of the best running backs in all of college football in Branden Oliver. He's rushed for over 200 yards in two games this season and has 15 touchdowns on the ground.
But he's also been limited to under 100 yards four times, so Oliver can be inconsistent at times.
San Diego State gives up nearly 160 yards per game on the ground, certainly not a mark to be proud of. But that Fresno State game was a bright spot as they held the Bulldogs to just 43 rushing yards (granted, Fresno State is a pass-heavy offense).
At the end of the day, the Aztecs can't let Oliver run all over them and set the tone of the game.