After the first four games it was hard to imagine a scenario in which the Aztec football team would be ranked at the end of the season. Rank maybe after their disappointing loss to the University of South Alabama and poor showing against Cal, but not ranked.
Fortunately, Rocky Long, his staff and players forged a stunning turnaround by winning their next ten games including a dominating victory over Cincinnati in the Hawaii Bowl, and the final poll released this morning shows that folks around the nation who do the voting have been watching, ranking the Aztecs the 29th best team in the country.
Often times reaching a ranking like this means a team has reached its pinnacle and it will take a year or two of rebuilding to get back to the same point, but that is not the case with this team and program. Not only will most of their starting players be returning, but the Aztecs have a strong crop of young players who’ve been waiting in the wings and anxious to seize the opportunity to make their mark.
Plus, early indications are that Aztec coaches have done a great job of recruiting, although we won’t know just how well until those critical Letters of Intent arrive next month, but suffice to say that success begets success and that Aztec Football is headed in the right direction.
What it has lacked is strong local support in the form of attendance and enthusiasm throughout the region and many of us have wondered if that would change if the Chargers were not in town, which appears will be the case beginning with the 2016 season.
With Aztec football on the rise and the lowly Spanos Chargers packing their bags for departure, one has to wonder if this is the beginning of the perfect storm for SDSU and Aztec Football and it just might be, making it possible to see the Aztecs:
1. Become the dominant player in the Mountain West Conference, making them attractive in the next round of Conference realignments;
2. Gain widespread community support along with the allegiance of disenfranchised Charger fans;
3. Playing in a new Aztec Stadium better suited to them as conjecture mounts regarding SDSU securing the Mission Valley site as an extension of their campus and facilities.
Clearly SDSU and Aztec Football are on the cusp of something and whatever the future holds – it will be a good deal better than the recent past. Click here: SDSU ranked #29 in final AP Poll | AztecMesa