The UC Davis Aggies come off the bye week and head up to Portland to take on the Portland State Vikings. UC Davis comes into the game unranked for the first time this season. The Aggies are 4-5 overall (2-3) in league play; Portland State is 5-5 overall (3-3) in league play. To make the playoffs, the Aggies must win their last three games. This game will be crucial for both team’s playoff hopes.
Jake Maier will lead the Aggies, he has 2,674 passing yards and 23 touchdowns do far this season. Maier is 471 passing yards behind J.T O’Sullivan for Aggies all-time leader in passing. He has 10,274 career passing yards. Expect Maier to have a big game to try to lead the Aggies to victory.
Ulonzo Gilliam leads UC Davis in rushing with 813 rushing yards on 4.7 yards per rush; He also has seven rushing touchdowns. Gilliam is reliable out the backfield as well, having caught 37 passes 232 yards. The Aggies offense looks better when they try to establish the run to go along with Maier’s passing. Mixing up the run and pass would keep the Vikings defense off balance.
Maier’s main target will be Khris Vaughn, who has caught 39 catches for 472 yards and seven touchdowns. Tight end Wes Preece is a top target as well with six touchdown catches.
The Aggies defense will have to contend with Portland State quarterback Davis Alexander; he has passed for 2,234 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is a threat to run as well, having rushed for 449 yards and four touchdowns. The key for the Aggies defense will be to try to keep Alexander from beating them outside the pocket.
Running back, Sirfeo Hoffman leads the rushing attack, and he averages 5.4 yards per rush. He has run for 697 passing yards this season. It will be crucial for the Aggies to slow down the Vikings running attack, they average 195 rushing yards per game.
I think this game will be a hard-fought game with both teams battling for the playoffs. Whoever wins in the trenches will win the game and keep their playoff hopes alive.