Undefeated No.24 Aztecs seek revenge against Spartans

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No. 24 San Diego State (5-0, 1-1 MWC) at San Jose State (3-3, 1-1), Friday at 10:30 p.m. EDT (CBS Sports Network).

Line: San Diego State by 8 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: San Diego State leads 22-20-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

San Diego State is on its second 5-0 start since 1975 and is seeking revenge after a 28-17 loss to San Jose State last year that helped the Spartans claim the title. the conference. The Aztecs were limited to 2.2 yards per carry, the season low. The Spartans, the surprise team of 2020, just lost 32-14 to Colorado State.

KEY MATCHUP

San Diego State senior running back Greg Bell against a San Jose State defense that allows 160 rushing yards per game. Led by Bell, the Aztecs are averaging 244 rushing yards per game, 10th nationally. Bell came back from injury to run for 111 yards and a touchdown in a win over New Mexico. He ran 94 times for 520 yards, averaging 5.5 yards and five touchdowns.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

SDSU: Bettor / placekicker Matt Araiza continues to lead the nation on the punt with an average of 54.1 yards. He’s 3.08 yards ahead of the 50.98 record set by Braden Mann of Texas A&M in 2018.

SJSU: Nick Starkel, last year’s All-MWC quarterback, missed the last two games with injury, and coach Brent Brennan won’t say whether Starkel or Nick Nash will start. Nash threw five touchdown passes in the past two weeks and had two touchdown passes and the green light from the touchdown pass in last year’s win at San Diego State after Starkel left early with a injury.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Besides his punt prowess, Araiza was perfect with 23 extra points and had five of eight field goal attempts. … SDSU joins the military as the only teams to make the top 10 in both attack and defense. … The Aztecs are second nationally with 50 rushing yards per game and eighth with 244.4 rushing yards on offense. … The Aztecs haven’t allowed a rushed touchdown this season. … The Spartans alternated wins and losses in six games and committed three turnovers in a 32-14 loss to Colorado State.

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