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Aztec Football Opener vs. UTEP

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by rexy2006, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. rexy2006

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    Chuck Long Era Opens as SDSU Begins 84th Season of Football at Home Thursday Night Against UTEP


    The San Diego State Aztecs (5-7 overall, 4-4/t-4th in the Mountain West Conference in 2005) opens their 84th season of football, 38th at the Division I level and the first under head coach Chuck Long on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Qualcomm Stadium against UTEP (8-4 overall, 5-3/2nd C-USA West Division in 2005). Announced game time is set for 7:30 p.m. PDT and the contest will be televised nationally by CSTV and will also be available on the Internet at goaztecs.com. The game can also be heard up and down the west coast on XX Sports Radio (1090 AM and 105.7 FM in San Diego).

    Chuck Long, who became San Diego State's 16th head football head coach on Dec. 17, 2005, inherits a team with 17 returning starters from last season's squad which went 5-7. The 2005 Aztecs defeated two of three teams that finished in front of them in the Mountain West (defeated BYU (31-10) and won at Colorado State (30-10)). But San Diego State suffered losses to two of the three teams that finished behind them in the standings (at Air Force (29-41) and at UNLV (10-13). Nonetheless, SDSU ended up .500 in MWC play, with its four league victories coming by an average margin of 15.8 points. The Aztecs, meanwhile, suffered a pair of three-point losses to conference foes (at UNLV and 20th-ranked TCU).


    San Diego State returns eight starters on the defensive side of the ball, led by senior captains safety Reggie Grigsby and middle linebacker Joe Martin. A young squad a year ago, the unit improved as the season went on and limited opponents to 21 points or less in six of its final nine games.
    The Aztecs return six starters on offense, led by a pair of junior captains, quarterback Kevin O'Connell and running back Lynell Hamilton. The Aztecs return 96.6 percent of its rushing yardage, 100 percent of its passing yardage and 42.2 percent of its receiving yardage, off a team that scored 102 points in its final three games of last season.
    Juniors Michael Hughes (punter) and Garrett Palmer (place kicker) provide the Aztecs with one of the best kicking tandems in the country. Hughes averaged 44.8 yards per punt last season and booted 15 balls 50 or more yards in 2005, while Palmer connected on 15-of-17 field goals last season, including four makes from more than 43 yards out.

    UTEP is coming off consecutive eight-win seasons and has advanced to a bowl game in each of the past two (2004 EV1.net Houston Bowl and 2005 GMAC Bowl). The Miners have won six consecutive regular-season non-conference games dating back to a loss at Arizona State on Sept. 2, 2004. The schedule makers didn't do any favors for a first-year coach. San Diego State's first three opponents went a combined 25-12 last season, with all three teams (UTEP, Wisconsin and Utah) advancing to a bowl game. In addition, all three teams are receiving votes in the preseason Associated Press and coaches polls.

    GO AZTECS!!!
     
  2. MtlBoltsFan

    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

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    I have UTEP + 1.5 :icon_mrgreen:
     
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    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Since I have not taken BetMyLifeAway 101 like you have, I suppose that means you "think and are willing to bet on it" that UTEP is going to win.:icon_sad:

    Geez, MTL, I was trying to be your bud and stuff. Even after you pillaged ALL my trophies away from me. And now this.

    :icon_evil:

    you be back on my s-hit list...
     
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    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

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    But I wuv you rexy. The only reason I'm betting on the game is so that I have enough money to send you flowers on leisure and my behalf :flwers:

    BTW I gave up on the arcade after Thumper started manually deleting my trophies, you should ask him to give you your rabbit one back it is meaningless to me now :no:
     
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    :icon_evil: :icon_evil: :icon_evil: How could you try to make money against the Aztecs and shame on you Bad Bad MtlBoltsFan Bad.:icon_evil: :icon_evil: :icon_evil:

    I hope that the Aztecs beat UTEP by atleast 10 points and then I will be very happy.:yes:
     
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    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    You tryin to get on my good side? Bettin against my alma mater aint makin points for you!

    Naw, I dont want to get my trophy "given" back to me. That sounds so cheap and tawdry. :icon_confused:

    Besides, I thought I should be the one to "hold down the fort" until Teresa gets back. Someones gotta keep the hacks in line...
     
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    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    You tell him TT!

    I would be :) EXTREMELY:) happy too.

    GO AZTECS!
     
  8. Thunderstruck

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    I have a good feeling about the Aztecs this year.

    So...does the fact that I had a good feeling about the Aztecs when they hired Tollner and when they hired Craft mean that I'm now in for a huge letdown?

    How this school can continually be so disappointing year in and year out--especially when you consider the amount of NFL talent it produces--is beyond me.
     
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    Whose gonna cover Johnnie Lee Higgins my favorite college WR? You guys lost three impact starters on defense and your only receiving option in Jeff Webb. There are 25 seniors returning on the UTEP squad... SDSU has a new system and coach. UTEP has a couple injuries but coach says they're mentally and physically prepared. GO MINERS!!! Jordan Palmer UYA ez $$$ for MTL.
     
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    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Put your money where your mouth is!

    Ya wanna make a bet with me?
     
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    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

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    Yah what are the terms first
     
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    GO AZTECS!!!!!

    GO AZTECS!!!!!

    GO AZTECS!!!!!

    GO AZTECS!!!!!

    GO AZTECS!!!!!
    Come on rexy lets show them who has the SDSU pride.
     
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    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    SDSU wins, I win. UTEP wins, you lose. No, thats not it...

    Wait, I am not trying to bail out, but I got to go to work.
    I've been on here too long already.

    Please think over what you think the terms should be and let me know(via PM). I will be back on this afternoon, not sure what time that will be in Canuck Time.

    I am outta here...
     
  14. MtlBoltsFan

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    Hay guys Johnnie Lee Higgins is Quentin Jammer's cousin!!!!
     
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    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Why dont we just do what you suggested until the next game on Sept. 16 at Wisconsin?

    Then, we can up the ante if desired...
     
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    Wow the more I research the more I am liking UTEP. UTEP's entire defensive line are seniors and SDSU has three noobs on their o-line. They have my boy Jeramy Jones and also Troy Collavo both 100 tackle players at LB. Did I mention that they are starting a 6'7 TE, and their WRs are 6'5 225, 6'2 210, 6'4 200 and then add in the speedsters in Higgins and Marrow and their gigantic offensive line with 300+ pound players everywhere except center where they have one of the best in the conference Robbie Felix 6'3 290 who is a legitimate NFL prospect. Then they have fuggin Quentin Demps and a great run supporting John Lynch type SS in Fleskoski. Their CBs aren't very strong though but they aren't going up against star receivers :icon_mrgreen:

    MTL loves this game :yes:
     
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    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, we know.

    My point is, you made some terms, I set the limit, what say you? I am late to work now! Agree now or its OFF!
     
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    Yup loser has to put up the winning team's logo in their avatar until the Chargers Raiders game and don't forget I get 2 points
     
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    I will not agree until I know EXACTLYwhat this point spread thingy is. For this particular game please...
     
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    It means add two points onto UTEP's score at the end of the game and that's the final score. Let's say the real score is 34-20 UTEP, then with the line it becomes 36-20 UTEP.
     
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    If the real final score is 20-19 SDSU then with my 2 points it becomes 21-20 UTEP and I win the bet :icon_toast:
     
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    So, if its 21-14 SDSU, it becomes 21-16 SDSU and I still win?

    It gives you a slight advantage, if I'm reading that right.
     
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    Yup you got it.
     
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    Yup...that's the prupose of spreads...to equalize the perceived advantage one team has over another.

    Vegas uses spreads to try to get 50% of the bets on one team and 50% on the other. This is the main reason you will see betting-spreads change. A spread might start at 8 points and by gametime it may have increased to 12 or dropped to 5... They just don't want the betting to be lopsided in favor of one team because if that team should happen to win, they end up paying out big.

    When they keep it at 50-50 they make a ton of money on their betting fees no matter which team wins. ;)

    In other words, using MTL's method you should theoretically have a 50-50 chance of winning.
     
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    So, SDSU has a perceived advantage in this game?
     
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    Last question, then I'll probably, most likely, agree...
     
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    Yes, due to the fact they're the home team.

    Being the home team is generally worth 2 points. What this spread is really saying is; we don't know which team is better. For now we'll place them on equal footing and because the Aztecs are at home, they get the points advantage.

    However, since the real spread is 1.5 and not 2 points, I would tell MTL you'll only give him 1.5 points. Otherwise, if the score is Aztecs 23 UTEP 21, you let him skate without paying. ;)
     
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    ACK! Now he says the point spread is 2.5! HELP ME THUNDER!
    I think it's WORSE for me now!
     
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    It's up to you, but I wouldn't give him more than 1.5 points myself. :)

    Do you think the Aztecs are going to beat UTEP handily? If you do, then take the bet and give the 2 points. But if you're not real confident, don't give as many points.

    I wouldn't give him 2.5 though. He's just pushing it now. ;)
     

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