- Created on Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:36
- Written by IVN
San Diego, California - Coming off its school-record fourth consecutive bowl appearance, San Diego State announced its 2014 football schedule on Thursday. The Aztecs will once again play six home games at Qualcomm Stadium and six road contests.
Game times and television arrangements, including moves to non-Saturdays will be announced at a later date.
SDSU opens its 2014 slate at home for the second straight year, this time hosting Northern Arizona on Aug. 30. San Diego State and the Lumberjacks will be meeting for the third time and first since 1966 with the Aztecs owning a 2-0 series lead. NAU finished 9-3 last year, including a second-place 7-1 mark in the Big Sky Conference.
Following the season opener, SDSU will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face North Carolina on Sept. 6. The Tar Heels were 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2013 and 7-6 overall, including a 39-17 win over Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. San Diego State and UNC will be meeting for the second time in series history and first since the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl, which North Carolina won, 20-13.
After a bye week, the Aztecs will wrap up a home-and-home with Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., on Sept. 20. SDSU is 2-2 all-time with the Beavers, but has lost the past two meetings, including a 34-30 decision at home in 2013 where OSU only led for 2 minutes, 50 seconds of game time. Oregon State was 7-6 last year with a 4-5 mark in the Pac-12 Conference, culminating in a 38-23 win over Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.
San Diego State kicks off its Mountain West slate on Sept. 27, when it welcomes UNLV to Qualcomm Stadium. It will be the earliest start to conference play for the Aztecs since 2009 (Sept. 26) and earliest vs. the Rebels in the series since 1982 (Sept. 25). SDSU is 14-9 all-time against UNLV and has won six of the past eight in the series. The Rebels, who were 7-6 overall and 5-3 in MW play, defeated San Diego State, 45-19, last year before falling to North Texas, 36-14, in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
The Aztecs then travel to play Fresno State on Oct. 4 and will look to win back The Oil Can. SDSU leads the all-time series between the two schools, 27-22-4, despite losing the last two meetings, including a tough 35-28, overtime setback in 2013. The Bulldogs won their first 10 games of the season last year before dropping two of the final three, including a 45-20 loss to USC in the Las Vegas Bowl. FS was 11-2 on the season, 7-1 in conference play and beat Utah State, 24-17, in the inaugural MW Championship.
San Diego State stays on the road for a game at New Mexico the following week (Oct. 11). The Aztecs have won four straight contests in the series, including a 35-30 win last year at home, and are 24-15 all-time against the Lobos.
SDSU returns to America’s Finest City on Oct. 18 for a home game vs. Hawai’i. San Diego State, which beat the Rainbow Warriors, 28-21, last year in Honolulu, has won the past two games in the series, 11 of the past 13 and is 17-9-2 all-time vs. Hawai’i.
After a bye week, the Aztecs head to Nevada on Nov. 1. Each of the past two games in the series have gone into overtime with SDSU coming out on top both times, including a 51-44 shootout last year at Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego State has won four consecutive games vs. the Wolf Pack after dropping the first two in the series in the 1940’s.
The Aztecs wrap up their non-conference portion of the schedule on Nov. 8 with a home game vs. Idaho. SDSU is 2-2 all-time with the Vandals, but 2-0 at home. The teams last met in 2009 in Moscow, Idaho, with Idaho prevailing by a 34-20 score.
San Diego State begins a crucial three-game stretch to close the season on Nov. 15 with a game at Boise State. The Aztecs beat the Broncos, 34-31, last year in overtime in San Diego to become the first team to defeat BS in consecutive seasons since Washington State in 2000 and 2001. SDSU is 2-0 over its history at Bronco Stadium, including a 49-24 victory over Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in December. Boise State was 8-5 last year and 6-2 in MW play, falling to Oregon State in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.
Next up for San Diego State is Air Force on Nov. 22 at home. The Aztecs defeated the Falcons, 27-20, last year in Colorado Springs, Colo., and have four consecutive games in the series. SDSU is 13-19 all-time vs. AFA, but 7-7 in San Diego.
San Diego State ends its regular season with a home game for the first time since 2011 when it welcomes San José State on Nov. 29. The Aztecs used a 22-point fourth quarter for a come-from-behind 34-30 win over the Spartans in San Jose, Calif., in 2013, a year after SJSU defeated SDSU, 38-34, in San Diego. San José State, which was 6-6 last year and 5-3 in MW play, leads the all-time series with San Diego State by a 19-16-2 margin.
The second conference championship game will take place on Dec. 6 and will match the winner of the Pacific Division (Aztecs, Fresno State, Hawai’i, Nevada, San José State and Nevada) and the Mountain Division (Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming) at the highest-ranked division champion. The Pacific Division went a combined 12-7 (.632) against the Mountain Division in 2013.
SDSU is accepting new account deposits on 2014 season tickets through the Aztec Ticket Office. Additionally, current season-ticket holders can renew their tickets for the 2014 season. Fans can purchase tickets through GoAztecs.com, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting Qualcomm Stadium's Window E between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT.
2014 San Diego State Football Schedule:
- Saturday, Aug. 30 -- Northern Arizona
- Saturday, Sept. 6 -- at North Carolina
- Saturday, Sept. 13 -- OPEN
- Saturday, Sept. 20 -- at Oregon State
- Saturday, Sept. 27 -- UNLV*
- Saturday, Oct. 4 -- at Fresno State*
- Saturday, Oct. 11 -- at New Mexico*
- Saturday, Oct. 18 -- Hawai'i*
- Saturday, Oct. 25 -- OPEN
- Saturday, Nov. 1 -- at Nevada*
- Saturday, Nov. 8 -- Idaho
- Saturday, Nov. 15 -- at Boise State*
- Saturday, Nov. 22 -- Air Force*
- San José State*
- Saturday, Dec. 6 -- MW Championship Game (home of highest-ranked two divisional champions)
*Mountain West opponent, times will be announced at a later date