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San Diego State Kicking Off 2017 Football Season At Qualcomm Stadium

San Diego State Football Head Coach Rocky Long takes questions during a news ...

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Above: San Diego State Football Head Coach Rocky Long takes questions during a news conference ahead of SDSU's 2017 season opener.

Things are different this year with the Chargers gone from San Diego, leaving the Aztecs as the last major football team in the region.

San Diego State Kicking Off 2017 Football Season At Qualcomm Stadium

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Jay Paris, San Diego sports writer

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At a news conference Tuesday, San Diego State Football Head Coach Rocky Long noticed something right away.

"I see more people here at the press conference than normal," Long said. "And more cameras at the press conference than normal."

The Chargers departure to Los Angeles leaves the Aztecs as San Diego's premier football option.

Coach Long might be getting more local coverage, but he said any extra attention will not affect his players.

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"I don’t think they think one thing about the Chargers not being here, I don’t think they care," he said. "I don’t think they think about it.”

Reported by Nicholas Mcvicker

And perhaps they should not, the Aztecs have been picked to win their division this year.

“Our team relishes the idea that we’re considered good, our team relishes the idea that they’re supposed to be good,” said Long.

The Aztecs will host UC Davis in their season opener on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium.

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