Awesome Aztecs: Homegrown QB leads San Diego St. into a season of high expectations

Christian Chapman, Photo Credit: San Diego St. Aztecs

For San Diego State University, it is only appropriate that the most highly-anticipated football season in four decades will largely be left up to a hometown senior quarterback, Christian Chapman, to put the beautiful city by the beach on the national map for the 2018 season.

Following the 2018 season where he threw for nearly 2,000 yards with 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions, Chapman looks to improve on a completion percentage of 60 percent while cutting down on 29 sacks. An offensive line that is one year older should help with that…

Schedule Analysis

The Aztecs’ schedule has some loyal and optimistic fans wondering if a one-loss Aztecs team that wins the Mountain West Conference championship would be invited to play a New Year’s Day Bowl game…or if a certain team from Troy falters again this year, dare we even say the Rose Bowl?

After opening the season at Stanford and at home versus a new look Arizona State University team on Sept. 15 (with cream puff Sacramento State in the middle), the Aztecs have another anticipated walkover game with Eastern Michigan before their first conference game, a major challenge on the road against Boise State.

Awesome Aztec: Senior running back Chad Woosley from Santa Barbara should get some reps during a physically exhausting game against Stanford and could play a key role versus Boise State.

Home games versus Air Force and San Jose State follow the battle versus the Broncos in Boise, then very winnable games on the road at Nevada on Oct. 27 and New Mexico the following week.

Isaiah Macklin, Photo Credit: San Diego St. Aztecs

Awesome Aztec: These potentially back-to-back road blowout victories could highlight junior wide receiver Isaiah Macklin from Las Vegas, as the Aztecs will probably get pass happy to surprise these teams early and take an early lead on the way to easy victories…

Another supposed ‘easy’ home game against UNLV on Nov. 3 would be a fun homecoming game for Macklin, which will be a trap game before a highly anticipated road game at Fresno State that seems destined for a large national television audience on Saturday night upset alert….

Noble Hall, Photo Credit: San Diego St. Aztecs

Awesome Aztec: Another Las Vegas native, senior defensive tackle Noble Hall, a 6’3″, 265-pound could be the most important player on the defensive side of the ball this season. He is trying to follow-up a stellar 2017 season where he led the Aztecs’ defense in tackles, solo tackles and tackles for loss.

Any potential victory on the road versus the Bulldogs of Fresno State would be an achievement, but a potential trap game at home against intense rival Hawaii to end the season looms large.

Finish off the Hawaiians to close out the season and the Aztecs could be saying “Aloha” to the Mountain West Championship Game…