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Battle of the Bands: Aztecs, Cougars

SDSU and BYU meet Thursday in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm



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    Aztecs cheerleaders celebrate the annual tradition of Battle of the Bands.

    In a matter of hours, San Diego State University will face rival Brigham Young University on their home turf for the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl.

    Both teams have enjoyed some sightseeing and pre-game practice this week but it's the annual Battle of the Bands that allows locals and alums to get into the excitement before kickoff.

    Of course, how can you not love a football game where Rocky will go up against Bronco? SDSU head coach Rocky Long and BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall met at the pre-game luncheon Wednesday.  Long tried to get a little recon at the press availability.

    “I said 10 days ago he’s going to play both quarterbacks,” Long said then turning to his opponent asked, “Can you tell me now?”

    Mendenhall refused saying, “I like to build the intrigue. It’s good for ratings.”

    Speaking of ratings, the game will be aired on ESPN but a lot of Aztec fans will be attending the game in person. Tickets are still available.

    A dollar from every ticket sold will go to Make-a-Wish San Diego, the official beneficiary of this year’s Poinsettia Bowl. You’ll be reminded of your gift when you listen as one of the children involved with the foundation will sing the national anthem.

    Because of rush hour and the 5 p.m. kickoff, Aztec fans will want to arrive to Qualcomm Stadium early and the stadium staff makes that possible by opening up the parking lot at 11:30 a.m. Get Poinsettia Bowl trolley information. 

    Now, back to the Battle of the Bands. Check out the brief excerpt from each team's band and cheer squad and decide the winner for yourself.




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