For two straight weeks, the San Diego State Aztecs, (6-2, 3-1), have received votes from all the major conferences to be ranked in the top 25.
The total of nine votes this week makes SDSU not only the third team from the Mountain West conference to gather votes in the AP polls, but the first time the Aztecs have been mentioned in such a poll since September 4, 2004.
San Diego State's local college newspaper stated this on their website goaztecs.com:
"Poll recognition highlights an exciting week for the Red in Black in which SDSU beat Wyoming 48-38 to improve its record to 6-2 on the year, becoming bowl eligible for the first time since the 1998 campaign."
The Aztecs look to win their fourth straight game, something they haven't accomplished sine 2002.
The Rams of Colorado State come to San Diego, bolstering a 3-6 record, and 2-3 in the Mountain West.
Running back Ronnie Hillman has been ruled as active for this Saturday's game. Hillman sits at No. 10 in the country in yards per game with 113.
RB Brandon Sullivan, filling in for Hillman last week in Wyoming after an injury, is not a bad No. 2 option; Sullivan recorded only 15 yards rushing, but smashed his way to pay dirt three times, all from the one-yard line.
Quarterback Ryan Lindley was limping the entire game in Wyoming, which affected his mobility, as the stat sheet shows. He went just 16-32.
The up side?
Lindley recorded a season high 365 passing yards. Veteran senior receiver Vincent Brown recorded five catches for 144 yards.
The San Diego Daily Aztec news publication, which is passed out among students on campus, featured a summarized interview with Hillman and Lindley: The message is that they are ready to suit up this Saturday, for what is the Hall of Fame Game, at Qualcomm stadium.
Look for an increased Aztec crowd, as I've heard rumors of tailgate parties: This game may trump last week's Chargers blackout, as it's featured on MTN T.V in high-definition. In fact, the Aztecs have been broadcast locally every weekend.
As for the remainder of the schedule, SDSU faces the following teams:
11/6/10: Colorado State at San Diego State- Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA - 7:00pm PST
11/13/10: San Diego State at TCU- Fort Worth, Texas - 1:00pm PST
11/20/10: Utah at San Diego State- Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, 7:00pm PST
11/27/10: UNLV at San Diego State- Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego CA, 5:00pm PST
To wrap it up for this Saturday, let's look at the stat leaders for San Diego State:
QB Ryan Lindley- 142/265, 2255 yards, 15 TD's, 7 picks (No. 15 in the nation in passing yards)
RB Ronnie Hillman- 157 carries for 1955 yards, 11 TD's. (Career long run of 93 yards this season)
WR Vincent Brown- 41 catches for 722 yards, 3 TD's
WR DeMarc Sampson- 41 catches for 821 yards, 6 TD's
SDSU 2010 team stats:
No. 20 in the nation, averaging 451 yards of offense per game.
No. 22 in scoring with nearly 35 points a game.
No. 40 in total yards per game allowed on defense, with opponents racking up 351 yards.
SDSU is No. 72 in penalties per game, averaging 6.5.
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