San Diego State Aztecs: Are They Better than the San Diego Chargers?

Erwin MendozaContributor IOctober 17, 2010

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 17:  Head Coach Brady Hoke of San Diego State Aztecs watches his players as they play BYU Cougars at Qualcomm Stadium on October 17, 2009 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)
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Yes, and now that I've said it aloud, it sounds dirty.

The Aztecs have hit midterms this year at 4-2, whereas the Chargers continue to hit snooze and wake up to a 2-4 record.

Even in division play, the Aztecs have fared better with a 1-1 record versus the Chargers 0-2 against the AFC West.

The Mountain West team also has done what the NFL Team hasn't—the Aztecs have beaten the teams they were supposed to beat and even upset a Top-25 team in the process.

Sure, there's no Top-25 in the NFL and sure, Hoke and company haven't proved themselves on the road, but it looks better than the professionals in this town.

I'm not even sure which San Diego team has fared the best in Missouri this year (Aztecs 0-1, Chargers 0-2, Padres 1-3).

Both San Diego football teams ran into some bad officiating while giving up big plays leading to touchdowns late.

But what is it this year with the Chargers? Are they playing out Freaky Friday? Is Norv Turner stuck in Brady Hoke's body and vice-versa?

For San Diego State's sake, I'll keep it.

The way it's looking right now, the Aztecs are likely to end up in a bowl game. I predict they go 8-4, losing to the other ranked teams in the Mountain West Conference—TCU and Utah.

Before Saturday's upset win against the Air Force Falcons, the last time the Aztecs beat a Top-25 team was in 1996—so the Aztecs are definitely due for a bowl game, which would end a nine year drought.

For the Chargers' sake, it makes the truth easier to accept. The Chargers are the non-BCS conference collegiate team in town, and they don't know how to turn it around until mid-October.

During the Norv Turner era, through the first six games, the Chargers are 8-10 (.444), which led to playoff runs in 2007 and '08; however, this year, their losses have come in the softer part of the schedule with the real tests coming up at home with the Patriots and Titans.

So if the Chargers are truly the San Diego State Aztecs, they need to show up to class and pass their midterms or else they fail.