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CBSSports.com 120 -- San Diego State

Posted on: November 2, 2009 3:15 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2009 3:21 pm
 

It didn't take long for Brady Hoke to make an impact at his new job.

The former Ball State coach has guided San Diego State to a 4-4 record after beating New Mexico 23-20 over the weekend. With the victory, the Aztecs move up to No. 82 in the latest CBSSports.com 120 rankings.

Ryan LindleyThe Aztecs now have a legit shot to finish 6-6 and make a bowl game, something they haven't done since 1998 when the team went 7-5 and played in the Las Vegas Bowl.

"Obviously you want to win more than you lose," said Hoke. "These kids have worked hard. Our seniors have done a tremendous job. For them, that's why we get excited as coaches to sing our fight song in the locker room. Guys know how we played and what we need to do to get better. It's great to be at that point right now."

A three-point win over a winless team might not seem like a big deal to most schools, but not only did the Aztecs snap an eight-game losing skid to the Lobos, but got revenge for last year's 70-7 beating.

San Diego State still has to play two of the biggest teams in the conference, beginning with TCU on Saturday and then at Utah on Nov. 21. But win or lose, things are starting to look up in San Diego.

This is a program that was supposed to turn things around with Tom Craft and Chuck Long, but neither could get the program going. Long was 9-27 in three seasons, including 2-10 last season.

"It's always good," said quarterback Ryan Lindley on what it means to win. "I think getting to .500 is something that, this late in the season, this program hasn't done in awhile and it's always good to get a victory."

Things just got tougher for the Aztecs as Vincent Brown will likely miss the rest of the regular season. The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting that Brown, who leads the team with 45 catches and 778 yards, suffered a thumb injury against Colorado State. He underwent several tests last week that revealed ligament damage.

Boise State/Oregon

The voters had to do some switching in the Top 10 after Oregon dismantled USC 47-20. Oregon moved up from No. 11 to No. 7, but a majority of the voters felt Boise State should still be ranked ahead of the Ducks based on the head-to-head meeting. So Boise State moved from No. 8 to No. 6.

Boise State is ranked ahead of Oregon in every major poll, including the BCS.

Key games

There are some key games in the non top 25 this weekend. One of the biggest is between No. 41 Kansas and No. 56 Kansas State.

The Wildcats actually lead the Big 12 North with a 3-2 conference record and 5-4 overall. Kansas is 5-3 overall, but just 1-3 in conference. Kansas State can take another step closer to winning the division with a win over the Jayhawks.

Not bad for a program many thought would be in shambles this season, but Bill Snyder has done a good job getting this team into position to make a bowl game.

Meanwhile, Kansas' Todd Reesing was benched against Texas Tech, but coach Mark Mangino said Reesing will be back as the starter against the Wildcats.

The other big game to keep an eye on is No. 43 Fresno State at No. 44 Idaho. Even though Boise State steals most of the headlines in the conference, Fresno State is 4-1 in WAC play, while Idaho is also 4-1. Don't forget about Nevada either, they are 4-0 in conference play.

Notes

... Miami (Ohio) won its first game of the season, beating Toledo 31-24. It might be the last win of the season because the Redhawks still have to play at Temple, Bowling Green and Buffalo.

... No. 120 ranked Western Kentucky was in a wild game, losing to North Texas 68-49. Riley Dodge accounted for seven touchdowns, four passing and three rushing, as North Texas matched its school record of 68 points set against Youngstown State in 1957.

... After being ranked for the first time last week, Central Michigan fell out of the Top 25. It lost 31-10 to Boston College to drop from No. 22 to No. 35.

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bransonhowel
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Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2009 12:18 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- San Diego State

Don't get me wrong, I love schools like San Diego State, and I would like to think their coach, Brady Hoke can do the same for them as Howard Schnellenberger did for the Hurricanes.  Still the Azecs are miles from that level of play or even at least two victories away from talking about bowl game prospects.   Anybody that watched the game or viewed how much the fans would rather trick or treat than support their team will probably state out right, win two more games then talk, and with TCU visiting them this weekend their prospects of getting a victory this wekend are not very bright unless this team can show a true willingness to ht harder than they have in the past.




Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2009 11:58 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- San Diego State

Coach Hoke is doing a fine job with SDSU.  I think I'd prefer that the bowl talk die down though. Winning 2 out of the next four will be tough. Even a 5 win season would be a great acheivement.



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2009 7:26 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- San Diego State

Boise is getting screwed in the polls at the mo'. Strength of schedule and all that aside, apart from the Tulsa game they have dominated every team they have played. Not just dominated. But violated. They arent getting the kudos they deserve



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2009 12:27 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- San Diego State

A big THANK YOU goes out to Ball State for not keeping the best thing that ever happened to your program and letting him move on to re-build SDSU!!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2009 8:44 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- San Diego State

I agree that because Boise beat Oregon they should be ranked ahead of them, but I also feel if these two teams played right now there would be no doubt in my mind that Oregon would beat them, and I think Oregon would beat them similary to how they beat Boise...I know may pollsters probably feel the same way, but Boise beating San Jose State is much different than Oregon beating USC and the rest of a solid Pac -10...



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2009 5:51 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- San Diego State

The pollsters made a good choice keeping Boise ahead of Oregon.  If Oregon ends up ahead of an undefeated Boise in a spot for the championship it would be the biggest BCS disaster yet.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2009 5:34 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- San Diego State

Good for Brady Hoke.
Ball State President Jo Ann Gora let Hoke walk cause we could afford him or adequate facilities, hired his offensive coordinator that hadn't won a game as a head coach since 1986, paid him over $300,000, then went home to her $100,000 Lexus. 


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