This weekend San Diego State will play Ohio. Against San Diego State’s formidable defense, can Ohio score any points? Under Tim Albin‘s direction, the Ohio Bobcats went 10-4 last year. They were runner-up to Toledo in the MAC Championship Game after going 7-1 in conference play. Ohio, though, bounced back to win the Arizona Bowl and end the season.
From the first to the second half of the season, Ohio did a full 180. They plan to carry over their strong second half performance into 2023. Also, they have a road game against the San Diego State Aztecs coming up. Last year, the Aztecs’ record was 7-6. But it was good enough to keep the winning streak at 13 seasons running.
Jalen Mayden replaced starter quarterback Kellen Moore for the San Diego State Aztecs. Mayden, a versatile player for the Aztecs, was asked to take over at quarterback when the team’s record dropped to 2-3. After eight games, he finished with more than 2,000 passing yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Aztecs named Mayden the starting quarterback despite his high interception total. Ryan Lindley, formerly of Utah State, has joined San Diego State as their new offensive coordinator. He ought to get along fine with Mayden.
A number of the Aztecs’ top receivers graduated, however. They will no longer have access to Tyrell Shavers or Jesse Matthews. Raphael Williams, who has relocated from Western North Carolina, will be Mayden’s coworker. That’s where he’ll focus his fire. Concerns have been raised concerning the offensive line as well. The Aztecs reorganized that group, losing some in the process. Last year they consistently performed below par.
However, it appears that Kurtis Rourke will be fine for the 2023 season. The veteran quarterback tore his ACL during the end of last season. He will once again have Sam Wiglusz, his most potent weapon. The ex-Buckeye finished the previous season with 74 receptions and 11 touchdowns for Ohio.
O’Shaan Allison’s inclusion in the running game is essential. Last season, he was sidelined due to a shoulder injury. Sieh Bangura, who rushed for over a thousand yards and 13 touchdowns last year, will share carries with him.
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Ohio vs San Diego State Game Information
- Date: 08/26/2023
- Time: 07:00 PM ET
- Location: Snapdragon Stadium.
- How to Watch Ohio vs San Diego St: ESPN
- Live Stream: fubo.tv