If the college football season ended today, the 2017 campaign for San Diego State would have been a success.
An undefeated 6-0 record, two wins against Pac-12 Conference opponents – including a top-25 victory against Stanford – and commanding wins against everyone else have made this arguably the best season in school history.
The sad thing is that it seems as if no one outside of Southern California truly recognizes just how special this year has been for the program and for the city.
Yes, SDSU is currently ranked No. 19 in the country in the AP poll and No. 18 in the Amway Coaches poll. Yes, this is the Aztecs’ best ranking since the 1977 season, when they were ranked No. 16 going into the final week of that season.
But you know what? Their ranking this week just isn’t good enough.
Whether it’s playing in the Mountain West Conference or the fact that all of the Aztecs’ games start at 10:30 p.m. on the east coast, there is a lot of bias behind SDSU’s ranking.
The Men on the Mesa kept their 19th spot in the rankings after trouncing University of Nevada, Las Vegas at home, 41-10. Normally, this would make sense - the Rebels don’t exactly boast the best FBS program in the country.
However, another look at the top 25 from week six to seven begs the question: if SDSU’s blowout victory against a 2-3 team isn’t enough for a significant rise, why does Notre Dame’s victory against a 1-5 team warrant a five-spot increase, one that leapfrogs them over the Aztecs?
The easy answer? No. It doesn’t justify it at all, and it’s not even close.