Dr. Bob Previews IDAHO (+3) Vs. SAN DIEGO STATE

Robert StollCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Nathan Enderle #10 of the University of Idaho Vandals hands off the ball during the game against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

San Diego St. (-3.0) 28 IDAHO 24

02:00 PM Pacific Time Saturday, Sep-19


Idaho looks like an improved team this season, as quarterback Nathan Enderle has looked good (61% completions and 8.5 yards per attempt) after two horrible seasons at the helm.

While Idaho's offense looks improved, their defense is still a huge question mark and is likely to be exploited in this game by San Diego State's Ryan Lindley. Lindley had a pretty good freshman season before getting injured and he's averaged 7.0 yards per pass play in two games this season, one against a very good UCLA defense and one against a very bad Southern Utah defense. Overall, Lindley rates above average after compensating for his opposition and he should feast on an Idaho secondary that has surrendered 8.1 yards per pass play to New Mexico State and Washington, who are about average as a group throwing the ball.

The Aztecs look to have an underrated defense under former New Mexico coach Rocky Long, who always fielded good defenses with sub-par talent with the Lobos.

My ratings favor San Diego State by 7 1/2 points, so I'll lean with the Aztecs here even though they apply to a negative 54-113-5 ATS situation.

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