Aztecs to play Ohio in Frisco Bowl

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Tariq Thompson #14 of the San Diego State Aztecs celebrates after making an interception in the second half against the San Jose State Spartans at SDCCU Stadium on October 20, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — San Diego State will face Ohio in the Frisco Bowl Dec. 19 in Frisco, Texas, extending the Aztecs bowl streak to nine consecutive seasons.

San Diego State is 7-5, the Bobcats 8-4. This will be the first meeting between the teams. The Aztecs are  13-0-1 against Mid-American Conference teams.

The Aztecs have lost three consecutive games and four of their last five following a 6-1 start.

Ohio has won five of its last six games. The Bobcats started the season 1-2 then won two of three games.

San Diego State’s bowl streak is tied for the 12th-longest in the nation. The Aztecs are among 14 teams that will be playing in a bowl game for the ninth consecutive season.

San Diego State will be making its 17th bowl appearance, 13 in Division I play. The Aztecs have a 8-8 bowl record, 5-7 in Division I.

The game will be the second edition of the Frisco Bowl. The former Miami Beach Bowl was relocated to 17,200-seat Toyota Stadium last year.

The stadium also serves as the home of FC Dallas of Major League Soccer and has been the site of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Championship since 2010.

Frisco is about 25 miles north of Dallas. It was the nation’s fastest growing city between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017 among cities with at least 50,000 residents on a percentage basis, with an 8.2 percent increase to 177,286, according to Census Bureau figures.

Frisco bills itself as Sports City U.S.A. because seven professional teams either play or practice there, including the Dallas Cowboys, and it has extensive youth sports facilities.

Both Frisco Bowl teams will spend one day practicing at the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, Sean Johnson, the game’s executive director told City News Service.

San Diego State will be staying at the Omni Frisco Hotel, adjacent to the Cowboys practice field, Johnson said.

Frisco is also the home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

This is the second consecutive season the Aztecs will play in a bowl game in Texas. They lost to Army, 42-35, in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth last season.

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