SDSU football announces it will play Colorado on Nov. 28

The Buffaloes replace Fresno State, who had to cancel its matchup versus the Aztecs due to COVID-19 contact tracing.


Courtesy of Derrick Tuskan, SDSU Athletics

Then-junior running back Jordan Byrd rushes for a touchdown during the Aztecs’ 34-10 win over the Rainbow Warriors at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. on Nov. 14.

by Kyle Betz, Sports Editor

San Diego State football will face Colorado on Nov. 28 in Boulder, Colorado, replacing the Aztecs’ initially-scheduled game against Fresno State. The Mountain West Conference declared Aztecs-Bulldogs a no-contest due to contact tracing within the Fresno State football program on Nov. 22.

Colorado was initially scheduled to play USC this weekend, but positive COVID-19 cases within the Trojans’ program forced the game to be canceled.

The Buffaloes (2-0) edged UCLA and Stanford in the team’s first two games before having games versus Arizona State (Nov. 21) and USC (Nov. 28) canceled.

CU and SDSU have only faced off once — that was back in 2002 – when the Tom Craft-led Aztecs lost 34-14 in Boulder, Colo.

One of the biggest question marks entering the week was SDSU’s quarterback situation.

In the Aztecs’ last game against Nevada on Nov. 21, graduate transfer quarterback Lucas Johnson earned the start over sophomore Carson Baker. Johnson passed 14-for-24 with 184 yards, a touchdown and a 35-yard rushing touchdown.

A lingering hamstring injury hindered Johnson from appearing in two second-half drives, but he still finished the Aztecs’ last offensive possession of the game.

During Monday’s press conference, head coach Brady Hoke said despite the hamstring issue and potential setbacks, Johnson will remain the starting quarterback for now.

“I think as the week progresses, they’ll both (Johnson and Baker) be taking opportunities, but right now he’s our starter,” Hoke said.

The Aztecs (3-2) will play the Buffaloes at 2 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network. Since 2016, SDSU is 5-1 against Pac-12 opponents.